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This is the best idea since they put peanut butter in chocolate.
It merges my two passions Computer Building and Woodworking.

This thread is for anyone interested in Spitballing or brainstorming design concepts and practices of Wood case computer housings.

I had a page of thoughtful preamble but I selected it all and saved it to my clipboard (Just incase) right before I added the images; and low and behold - GONE - after I submitted the images, as was the clipboard. anyway, it was like this.

Lets discuss or wood case builds here.

I'm a 3D Designer with an interest in designing and building an In-Laid wood Computer case consisting of exotic hardwood and using no wood stains. Im going to research the specs on the components that I will use and from these measurement design a scaled prototype in Cinema 4D. I am still in the early planning stages so I want to open a dialog with other wood case designers and builders who want to benefit from sharing this unique and interesting subject.

As a designer and an artist I desire to be original and innovative.

I have made in-laid wood chess boards, chessmen, tables, shields, boxes, chairs, billard lights, and my computer cases will top them all. here is the style I am going to use: In-Laid wood consisting of exotic hardwood and using no wood stains. I may develope a chess theme, ater all computer and chess are old friends, and I will incorporate some lathe work it compliments the case. I also do stained-glass and think that application could really pop with some white LEDS in the Case.

Metal frame in the Case?

Heating and moisture effects on wood?

The Usual air-flow issues are compounded?

Wither you have Ideas sketched on a napkin for a steampunk Rig or Dr. Suesse. or a water-cooled oak case with Elves and wizards carved on it I want to see.

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Edited by TonicX - 3/17/13 at 11:30pm
   
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I've built a few wooden cases, but have yet to try my hand at using wood veneers. I recently bookmarked this video of a wood veneer case.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=CB-_JIjhAyA&NR=1

Althought this is this fellow's first crack at woodworking and astetics where a lower priority he really has some good design features in regard to air-flow, hdd noise, and fan noise.
   
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I would take the thought of actually doing a whole desk depending on what type of computer your going to build. Like a nice corner desk for 3 monitors or straight on a wall atypically.

A single case will be easier. A whole desk will have a lot of effect and will give more pride.

I built a computer with wood. I had a soda crate from 1945. I learned a lot about custom building. Not as much work as your putting in but felt good when it was done.

Imma try and find the one desk/case a guy built on here.
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I cant seem to find it but it was a corner desk on the left was acrylic window where the computer was and on the right some drawers all custom and it looked great.
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I would take the thought of actually doing a whole desk depending on what type of computer your going to build. Like a nice corner desk for 3 monitors or straight on a wall atypically.

A single case will be easier. A whole desk will have a lot of effect and will give more pride.

I built a computer with wood. I had a soda crate from 1945. I learned a lot about custom building. Not as much work as your putting in but felt good when it was done.

Imma try and find the one desk/case a guy built on here.
That is a great idea maybe a cross between a level pinball machine and a cabnet-style coffee table(but desk height!
   
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Here a Mod I did Two years ago. I bought a cd dvd disc album an removed the 3-ring binders, cut holes with an exacto knife(Its thick card-board with black textured plastic on it) I call it the Portable Computer, perfect for LAN Parties.
Now, how about something like this but made of wood, like quarter inch plywood with a 1/16 in vaneer?

Edited by TonicX - 3/17/13 at 11:36pm
   
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killer craftsmanship on the wood, it kind of looks like inlay work at first glance, no gaps between the piece nice

like a wooden brief case, that could be neat
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killer craftsmanship on the wood, it kind of looks like inlay work at first glance, no gaps between the piece nice

like a wooden brief case, that could be neat

Most of that work is 5 millimeters thick, exotic hardwood glued to quarter inch plywood. I don't feel comfortable slicing any thinner on a monster table saw.

"like a wooden brief case" yeah that's what I imagine too. Thanks to you for the post!
   
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Here is a design gallery. 2d and 3d
TonicX at OCN or email xantonicx@gmail.com with questions or comments. Thank-you!

   
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