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Got all the wood cut at this point. The table saw is my new best friend. I had never used one until this project. It was thoroughly enjoying to use.

Assembling the drawers:

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Pefectly square

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Face of drawer laying on top (not attached yet)

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Pretty flush for my first drawers ever built:

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One of the two larger drawers:

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The birch edge banding I decided to go with over the oak (reluctantly now) size comparison with a can of stain:

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I left a little lip on the top to sand down, rather than flush it up with the face. This felt to me like it would result in the most accurate edge.

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Sanded down:

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I think it came out pretty well for my first go at it. Sorry for the grainy picture quality.. I suck at taking pictures. Can't figure out how to get it to focus on the foreground and not background.


You've served me well Mr. Antec 1200, but it's now time to die.

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Time for some angle grinder action to trim it down:

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Drawing out the cutouts:

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Jigsaw action time:

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Filed and sanded a bit:

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Mobo tray wire holes:

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Didn't come out perfect, but I didn't need it to. As long as it's smooth, and lets wires in.. I'm fine.

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That's it for now. I'm probably going to get back to work on it shortly. I'm still dreading having to cut the hole for the top, and router out a groove for the plexiglass to sit in. That's going to be the ultimate test of my shoddy workmanship. frown.gif
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thats a really nice job man, the drawers came out pretty good i would say, are you planning to have the metal case mobo tray on the wood or? can't wait to see how it turns out. I missed the first post edit where you have the power supply behind the tray, i think that is a good idea. problem is, once you cut out the hole for the heat sink fan, it might be blocking it since the drawer doesn't seem to be wide enough to have it anywhere else
   
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thats a really nice job man, the drawers came out pretty good i would say, are you planning to have the metal case mobo tray on the wood or? can't wait to see how it turns out. I missed the first post edit where you have the power supply behind the tray, i think that is a good idea. problem is, once you cut out the hole for the heat sink fan, it might be blocking it since the drawer doesn't seem to be wide enough to have it anywhere else

Yeah, I'm using the mobo tray + I/O plate from my Antec 1200. Going to screw it to the wood somehow. It will be tricky to attach the I/O plate since I cut the excess down so much, but I still have room for a couple screws.


I'm still not totally set on the PSU location. I want it where it is in the drawing, but that may not be practical for the reason you stated. Plus the hot exhaust from the video card will not be good for its longetivity. I'll most likely end up having it on the 2nd shelf under the motherboard tray. If I do though, it will just be sitting loose on it, since I don't plan on buying any kind of PSU bracket or anything. But I think it'll be fine sitting loose. It's not like the desk is going to move around or anything.

Not sure what you mean about the drawers. The 3 drawers go on the right side of the desk (refer to OP drawings).
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i just meant the shelf that the motherboard is on didn't seem wide enough to fit the psu behind it. as for the PSU, I'm not sure if it has a top or bottom fan, but you could always have a holder for it on the second shelf, like just have 4 maybe 1x1x5 or however long your PSU is and just attach it to the second shelf just so you can place the psu in it so it doesn't slide around
   
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Gluing up the back plate and motherboard plate:

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My dumb ass forgot to saw out a fan exhaust hole for the back plate. doh.gif


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Lots of pilot holes. I suck with the jigsaw so I need em.

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Not a perfect result nor a perfect circle. However, the tracing i took from the inside of the fan was not a perfect circle either.

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Doesn't need to be perfect as the fan will cover it up nicely.

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Wire access hole for the lower back plate:

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So I bought these square clamps from Harbor Freight the other day. Thought I could get by with just two. Apparently not. The jerry-rigged piece of cardboard isn't cutting the mustard.

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Much better:

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Test fitting the pieces. The moment of truth to see if my cuts were perfect or not:

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Perfectly flush, square, and true so far. Ignore the missing right edge on the last picture. If you look at the design drawing in the OP, you'll see there's a piece of wood going there later.


I was pretty nervous to remove the perfectly fit pieces to add some glue so I could secure them. I didn't think it would go back in perfectly the same way. Oh well... it has to be done..

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Only gluing the left panel to the backplate on this go at it.



Test fitting the motherboard tray:

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I had to get a little clever since I don't have anybody to help me with this, so I used a spare clamp to hold it up temporarily to see if the fit was good. It ended up fitting like a glove... surprisingly. Ignore the sawdust on the wood.. I didn't wipe it off.


Testing the removable side panel for a fit:

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Again I'm surprised, but it did fit perfectly in there. There are a lot of moving parts, and odd shaped pieces of wood, so it's pretty hard to coordinate it all in there correctly. Not to mention, every step of the way praying to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that all the cuts were accurate, and everything fits as it should.


So now I had to decide whether to wuss out and only glue the right panel to the back. I sacked up and decided to do the motherboard tray as well. I had to be quick because all the pieces had to line up perfect, and had to get the clamps in their correct position, whilst making sure the corner clamps underneath were still all in the correct spot.. everything square and whatnot... ALL BEFORE the glue dries.. which is pretty quick lol.

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End of construction for today.



I've been playing with different staining methods for the past week. I was not happy with the way the Minwax oil stain was coming out. The oak didn't like cooperating with it. So I went to a local Woodcraft store and asked for some advice.. since I've never stained anything before in my life.

I had researched it, and had my heart set on using gel stain. The man I spoke with was very helpful and suggested I try using a wood dye first. After that dried he said to use danish oil as a sealer, let that dry, then go over it with the gel stain.

I tested out a few methods on many scrap pieces. Either with dye + sealer + stain + poly, dye + stain + poly, or just gel stain + poly.

TLDR: Two contenders for the projects finish of choice are

1) Two coats of gel stain + 4-5 coasts of Arm-r-seal

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2) One coat of red mahogany dye + danish oil + 1 coat of stain + 4-5 coats of Arm-r-seal (smaller piece of wood on the bottom):

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It's really hard to see the red-ish color in the 2nd sample from the photo, but I really like it a lot. I also only added two coats of arm-r-seal on the 2nd piece, so if it looks less shiny, that's why.

Stuff used:

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Probably get back to work on it more tomorrow.
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looks really good. what kind of glue are you using? I thought you would have use screws to hold it together better being that it's a desk and all but good job on the cuts. they look clean and well done
   
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Have you ever considered having the desk with a glass top where you set your keyboard? Under the glass, there will be your rig, possibly with some custom lighting under that. I saw the idea from an image sharing board and wondered, holy crap this is awesome.
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this has already been done by l3p
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its a very nice build, but you will need a lot of patience
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Originally Posted by chinesethunda;14856997 
looks really good. what kind of glue are you using? I thought you would have use screws to hold it together better being that it's a desk and all but good job on the cuts. they look clean and well done

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001YS16U"]Amazon.com: Franklin International 1413 Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue, 8-Ounces: Home Improvement[/ame]

I am going to be using screws and framing brackets (like I used on the drawers). I like to glue, and let it set before screwing the stuff in first, because if I try to do both at the same time.. messy stuff happens.
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that works i suppose, i thought you were just going to leave it glued lol. my bad haha
   
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