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Just a couple of photos of the shelf which my Marantz amp will eventually sit on. Just used some regular shelf pins hammered into holes in the aluminium frame.



Decided to paint the PC drawer in matte black to prevent the cathodes from reflecting light off the surface. Having a lot of trouble here as I cannot stop the spray paint from leaving horrible lines in the finish. You can see the lines in the second photo. I'll play around with a few things and see how I go.



Just to give everyone a bit of an idea what I have in mind for the PC display - This is a small mock-up I did (GTX Titan already installed). It won't look as ugly as this though I promise. Rather than MDF the motherboard will sit on black aluminium perforated sheeting with the tubing layout exposed from underneath.


Not expecting any awards for this one. it's just to give a bit of an idea of the layout. Don't laugh tongue.gif


Updates may be a little delayed as I wait for hardware and materials to be delivered but I'll try my best!
post #32 of 87
for your paint lines, dust coat first 90 degrees then final coat in one direction, overlapping each coat, looks like you have beed doing narrow passes and not overlapping
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Is there any possibility that the MDF needs sanding?
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for your paint lines, dust coat first 90 degrees then final coat in one direction, overlapping each coat, looks like you have beed doing narrow passes and not overlapping

I just tried this. I find my coats are going on too dry. Not sure if this is my technique or not. Would you recommend doing the final coat as a very heavy wet coat? What kind of distance would you keep the can from the surface?
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Is there any possibility that the MDF needs sanding?
I did actually sand the MDF very lightly prior to priming. I also sanded the primer. This is currently doing my head in.
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yes, they need to be wetter, and wider spray fan
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Where are teh updates? biggrin.gif
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post #37 of 87
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Updates are coming!

Just a small one from today:
Not really PC related but I built the other drawer for the desk. Just a basic stationery drawer.



Needs to be sanded down in a few areas.



The drawer mounted to the desk. The neat thing about the runners I used on this drawer is that they soft close thumb.gif pointless but a cool feature nonetheless.

Tomorrow I'll put the front on this drawer and I'll do the cuts in the top of the desk. You will see what I'm talking about if you refer back to my original post with the rendered desk image wink.gif
Hopefully should have the power supplies and some fittings on Monday.. the fun begins.
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Everything is on track for end of January/early February finish. I promise I'll have some computer hardware related photos very soon.

Here's my efforts from today:



Started by mounting the front of the drawer I made yesterday. Don't worry, I'll be filling those holes in with wood putty and sanding them smooth. I still need to sand some edges as well. Once I have picked up the laminate, this whole drawer will be done in a black laminate finish.



One of the most daunting tasks in building this desk so far has been cutting the holes into the top of the desk. Many hours of cutting, drilling, gluing and sanding. One bad cut and it would all have been for nothing. You can see in the rendered shot how I want the top of the desk to look (although I created a lip out of the MDF itself, rather than the aluminium).





Completed the cuts with a jigsaw as carefully as I could. In the coming days I'll sand them nice and smooth. The long rectangular hole will have a lid made that will sit flush with the desk top. This section of the desk will be a cable compartment and will house the power outlet board, monitor cables and the likes of. The larger hole will have a piece of acrylic and will be used to display the PC wink.gif

You may notice from some of the other photos that my workspace is quite messy, so...... please don't mind the mess smile.gif

Just to finish up - after many attempts, a lot of sanding, and plenty of coats.. I have almost finished painting the drawer which will house the computer hardware:

Line free, and very smooth. One of my best attempts at spray painting!
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lot better finish! thumb.gif
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Had a delivery today wink.gif


Received my fittings order from PCCG and decided since it's so hot today - I'd get to work plumbing my radiator case.



Just a few shots of the fittings.


Time to get to work! Decided to go with Primochill tubing. Also have some Tygon tubing but didn't seem appropriate for this as it cost me a little extra.




One loop all plumbed up on the radiator side. The T-piece and valve will be for a drain port.


Running tubing to and from the reservoir was an absolute PITA... I thought just putting the fittings on was a hassle.. I was in for a surprise..


Plumbed the reservoir to gravity feed the pumps which in turn, will pump the water towards the left side of the case and then down into the radiators.


The QDC fittings I mounted a while ago are now getting some use. Two lines are outlets from the radiators, the other two are inlets which will feed into the reservoir. There are only three QDC fittings in this picture because I pulled out one of the tubes behind the reservoir by accident mad.gif


An attempt at trying to show you the loop layout. Not the best, sorry!

Still need to complete the second loop (haven't plumbed the radiators or drain port yet), need to add some fill ports, flush the loop and then I'll go from there.

Thought I'd throw in this as well:


Nothing new but I haven't really uploaded any photos of this previously. My Nateman_doo AE11 waterblock. A small batch of these were made and sent to a handful of people. Originally it had a different top, however this did not work with the CPU block I have, so Nate sent a new flat top with the inlet/outlet moved. Anybody curious about why this board so desperately needs a MB block.. just listen to one of these boards in action - the fan makes it sound like it's ready to take flight.

More updates to come!
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