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I'm loving the look of this. Subbed.

Thankyou very much! Hahaha.
post #132 of 159
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UDPATE 26

Okay, I'm going to get this update off my chest before the night ends.
The right panel right? (<< ohoh...)

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Sorry for using flash guys, my desk light died because the bulb burnt out... so the light isn't fixed and so flash is the only option. I apologise for any blurry pictures beforehand, this was meant to be quick work and so pictures were taken very quickly during the process.

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Wooden support block, connecting the main panel, base panel and right panel altogether

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I'm sorry for the blur in this picture, it's hard to take a picture while operating a hand-held drill.

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One support block done! Ofcourse that isn't enough, the panel will flip straight off with a little knock.

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A second support block, smack in the centre of the gap between the right panel & base panel

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Done!

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It's not entirely complete yet though, it's not entirely secure. I will create some wooden right-angle external support 'clamps' which I will clarify in the next update. Because the radiator restricts any form of support block near the top of the cooling compartment, I will have to resort to using PVA glue. It's not weak at all mind you, PVA glue is bloody tough.

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Now, more mock set-ups.
Since I've got most of the main structure set up, I'm going to move on to the folding doors which will cover the component compartment.
The dorr will open outwards fully, meaning that the left panel will also be hinged. It will also not cover the third compartment, the door will be separate to the compartment. And again, this will be clarified in the next update

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The door won't be as tall, I guess this means more cutting to do thumb.gif

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More pictures lalala

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Wow, I never dreamed of this mod gettin gup to this stage.

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5.25" bay section

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Alright! Now that school's come back I can use the wood-working room again, meaning I can sneak out a few materials once in a while tongue.gif I'll also do some of my modding work & design at school.

All my future plans will be revealed in the next update, so stay tuned for more!!!

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post #133 of 159
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UPDATE 27

Hey guys!

Arlight, time to get started with plans.

So as you can see, the base of the cooling compartment is quite uneven due to the extra support blocks. This means I won't be able to install the harddrive cage and powersupply as I wanted it to be.

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Therefore, I will have to devise a 'false floor' which will cover the floor and essentially create a flat surface to mount components on.

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I will use this 3mm thick sheet of plywood for the demonstration, so the real false floor will be made of some tough 7mm thick plywood and none of this flimsy stuff.

Also, the base, as it is will make it harder for me to place cables through the bottom two routing holes, which defeats the whole purpose of the holes because they're meant to make life easier when building.

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This means the base won't be just entirely square, I will have to change its shape to accomodate the vertically standing block (on the top right hand corner) and to give more space to route holes into the holes.

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If I make a false floor, there is bound to be an unused gap between the false floor and the realy base. This could actually serve me new purposes: I can make my cable management for my harddrives much easier. I shall explain

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If I use a false floor, then I can drill two elongated routing holes for the SATA data cables and SATA power cables form the powersupply. These cables will come into the holes from beneath the false floor.

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I am currently not taking any proper measurements, the bolts that are sticking out will ofcourse be secured onto the side of the case.

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In just like that!

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Alright, that's enough about the cooling compartment. Let's move onto the 5.25" bay compartment a little higher.

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Using my NZXT Sentry II as a model, I will figure out how I will mount 5.25" drives in this compartment.
Stealing ideas from the conventional way to mount these drives in a 'bay', I shall make a makeshift 5.25" bay using the plywood panels.

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There will be screws holes on the side,

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And on the otherside ofcourse.

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Furthermore, to serparate the drives I shall use a rectangular piece of plywood to seperate them two, or I could use two 3mm sheets and usedouble-sided foam tape to absorb vibrations coming form the DVD/RW.

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Stack anotherone ontop, yay!

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The sad thing about this though, is I will only be able to fit two 5.25" drives in the compartment. But that is fine; one for a DVD/RW drive and another for a fan controller!

note, USB ports and Audio/Mic I/O sockets will also be mounted on this compartment, this will be expanded upon in the next update.

Alright, that is it for now!!
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!!
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post #134 of 159
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THREAD REVIVAL!!
HEY GUYS!!! biggrin.gif
Okay so the school holidays have started since last week... and I haven't been slacking off on the project (; I know I haven't done anything for the past few months but EVERYTHING IS STARTING UP AGAIN!!

I did quite a load of jobs on the case, so be prepared guys (;

And the biggest news is...
I'VE GOT A PART-TIME JOB BOO YEAH biggrin.gif
Working part-time at a chemist's, I've saved up my moneys since 4 months ago so I can purchase all the modding/computer goodies I want tongue.gif

Updates coming very soon guys!
And I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!
post #135 of 159
i love wooden cases, so far yours is shaping up nicely
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UPDATE 28
Okay guys!
So let's have a recap/latest update of what I've done so far harhar. Here's the unfinished case that has moved from its original position on a coffee table to my work table. Easier to work on!

So I got the 'false floor' complete in the cooling compartment, and it fits well too. The HDD cage can now sit more comfortably on it. I also made the case structure more rigid by adding wooden beams which hold the case together well.

Inside the components compartment; quite bare without an PC components installed :"(

Now in this update I will be installing the motherboard standoffs!

The mounting holes have already been drilled/tapped. To make it more secure I will be using epoxy adhesive to make sure they don't move (because wood is soft)


Okay with all of that done, let's move onto something else!
Now I am moving on to finalising the components compartment, as it is probably the most complicated bit to do.
{{{Making the panel shorter + cutting out fan holes + cutting out WINDOW HOLE}}}
MARKING OUT STUFF:

Out to cut the following day. A box of metal clamps, spring clamps, tape and goodies to be used



There are no pictures for the fan-holes because they required my rotary tool and everything so my hands were too full. But these are the results!


Perfect!

Installed with one fan just to see what it'll look like


I'm satisfied with it so far!

The window grants vision to mainly the back fan and the important bits of the motherboard, i.e. cpu waterblock and GPU waterblock

Alright guys, in the next update I will be touching up on various parts of the case [real wood-working, NO PLANS].

I'll catch you guys later (;
post #137 of 159
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i love wooden cases, so far yours is shaping up nicely

SAME HERE (:
They're so much easier to work with than metal cases! And thanks, wait for the upcoming updates; they're pretty exciting haha
post #138 of 159
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````````````````UPDATE 29
HEY GUYS
So here's another update to the worklog
So I want to work on a hinge for this wooden panel so that it's easier to access the motherboard and other components. NOTE: This case will be mounted HORIZONTALLY and not upright, I'm only placing it upright at the moment to save space.

Like this. When placed horizontally it will be like a hatch

Time for some general touch-ups, some edges are uneven
Sealing up holes so most of the sawdust won't make it into the case:

So here's what the case will look like when mounted horizontally:

A lot better huh (:

Belt sander:

Sanded and vacuuming time!

After touching up the case, I got to the hinges part. And voila!



Definitely a potential hazard :s I'm going to cut them down and sand the sharp edges with a file.
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Can be folded all the way back as well! Definitely much easier to work with the innards

And I added another hinge for stability, because the door was flopping a little when it was open. It's a lot more sturdy now!



So there we go! The components compartment is also complete!

The front two fan holes will be mounted with Cougar Vortex 120mm fans, which I will proceed to install. These are really good fans in terms of silence and features, they even have rubber pads around the fan holes for absorbing vibrations. Extremely useful!
Installed using bolts + nuts

Both installed:

I'm definitely pumped for whatever I'm doing next tongue.gif This case is getting better and better every time I work with it.
Watch out for the next update guys!
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Edited by LokSupguller - 12/29/12 at 2:15am
post #139 of 159
You've done great work, I really like it.
I would love to do a m-itx version of it if I had the patience and skill:cheff:
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looking fantastic smile.gif... i love your fans btw wink.gif
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