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Made a bit more progress. Here's a peek; tomorrow should bring some major steps forward.


post #12 of 42
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Got it glued together:





Somehow the bottom compartment ended up being exactly 9.25" (including the 1.5" for the top and bottom boards), so it's going to be very easy to add a couple hinged doors to close off that area (10" boards are actually 9.25"). Other than that I'll have to do a bit more sanding and then stain the case. Stay tuned.


Edited by t-ramp - 8/22/11 at 7:56am
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wow I've always wanting to do this but I got no wood skills One question, do you think you could somehow attach the case to your desk (if it's wood ofc) to make it look like it's part of your desk
    
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wow I've always wanting to do this but I got no wood skills One question, do you think you could somehow attach the case to your desk (if it's wood ofc) to make it look like it's part of your desk
It certainly is. If you can imagine it, chances are there is a way to make it happen.

Also relevant to your question is Captzee's Twelveswood Work Station Log. Well worth checking out.

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Also, I picked up the stain for this project. I was at Lowe's and saw the Danish Oil stuff, so I'll be giving the Cherry variety a shot. Since I still need to paint the motherboard tray, I also picked up a can of spray paint. Originally I planned on using white, but I thought the hammered bronze Rustoleum stuff looked interesting. We shall see how that turns out. I'll likely end up ordering some black oxide screws for everything as well.

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Oh... almost forgot I had some higher quality pictures to post. Just a sec.











D60 + morning light =
Edited by t-ramp - 8/24/11 at 10:29am
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Are you going to leave the sides open so people can see he internals?

I gotta say the Cherry stain I think will look good. I had a thought that I think would look good and that would be to use some carefully placed White LEDs to recreate a spotlight effect and use that to showcase certain parts of the build(ie mobo, res, rad or whatever) I think that would give it a more like a display cabinet then a case. I hope that makes sense cause it did in my head lol

something kinda like this
http://www.freeiphone4wallpapers.net...s-20110308.jpg

thats not the best example but it will work, and have the LEDs aimed at certain components. Personally I think it would look pretty slick especially if the case is out in the open and there is a lot of foot traffic through the room and people will see it
Edited by sick70malibu - 8/24/11 at 11:54am
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Yep, I just thought I'd close up the bottom compartment since it won't be too exciting. I'll definitely leave the top open, though. Regarding the LEDs, I would really like to do something like that. I haven't figured out how exactly, though. I don't want the lights themselves to be visible, so somehow they'll need to be hidden but still effective...

Thanks for the input.
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Yep, I just thought I'd close up the bottom compartment since it won't be too exciting. I'll definitely leave the top open, though. Regarding the LEDs, I would really like to do something like that. I haven't figured out how exactly, though. I don't want the lights themselves to be visible, so somehow they'll need to be hidden but still effective...

Thanks for the input.
What I would do is get a peice of either 1/2"x1/2" or 1"x1" and dremel a channel out in the top for the wires then drill some small 5mm holes for the LEDs at what ever interval you choose. Once its all set up the way you like fill the gap with some bondo/resin( or leave it open for repair down the line) and mount it up. For the best effect of the spotlight I would mount it towards the edge of the top of the case plus that way it would help keep the lights hidden.




This is kinda what I was thinking but the leds be on the inside edge of the wood
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Anyway... I got impatient and decided to just throw something together for the time being until I can figure out what I need to order to perfect it. Here are a couple pictures:





I'm mostly satisfied with the case itself, although I did a rather awful job painting the motherboard tray, so I may have to address that at some point. Also, I'll just be using one of the covers for the bottom compartment because I forgot to add some ventilation holes to the back one as I was intending. No big deal.



Oh. If anybody is curious, I do indeed have a Enzotech Sapphire CPU block on my 480, which works wonders. Only the GPU heatsink was removed - the full-cover sink, fan, and shroud remain. Obviously you can see the XSPC RX240, and the tube runs to my MCP355 (+ XSPC reservoir top) that is hidden below.

You may notice that my SSD is sitting in the top compartment as well, just because I don't have any SATA cables at the moment that are long enough to place it (and my HDDs) in the cage in the bottom.
Edited by t-ramp - 8/30/11 at 9:39am
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Looks great so far! Wood cases are so awesome.
    
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