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Dancing Iridescence - PC-Q30 - Update 4th, March 2014 - Final Assembly

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So I had this crazy idea for something to do with the Lian-Li PC-Q30 case.

I decided I wanted to go with some wood on it somewhere. I mean, that's just how I roll. I thought replacing the stock Lian-Li front with a big chunk of figured maple would be a sweet place to start. Beyond that, I'm hoping to have a little fun with the side panels, upgrade the case feet, and see what kind of an HTPC I can throw together.

As with most of my other woodworking projects, I'll be doing as much of this with hand tools as I can. At least the woodworking portion of it. Even using a bit and brace for drilling holes. It's just more relaxing that way.



Some of the stuff I'm using in this build:

Lian-Li PC-Q30 ITX Case
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MNPCTech White Delrin Case Feet
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3M 4010 Tape
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ADATA 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2400 XPG v2 RAM
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ADATA 128GB XPG SX900 SSD
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Edited by Mosquito Mods - 3/3/14 at 11:22am
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Let’s start out by throwing a big chunk of curly maple at it, and see what happens…


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Cutting the 2-5/8” thick curly maple slab by hand.

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Little bit of a work out here, but got the job done.

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Marked the lines out based on the existing Q30 front frame.
Cut with a marking knife, and chiseled to have better guidelines.

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Using a router plane to make some slots for the frame to sit in.

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After finishing the horizontal grooves I made some narrower grooves for the side pieces.

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These were a little tricky, in that I had to get them to arc similar to the side frames.

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2 of the cross bars done, and one of the side grooves down to depth.

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Sits flush enough for me.

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Rinse and repeat.

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Now it is a friction fit to the front of the case.

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Good ol’ curly maple.

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Had to more out on the top to make room for the top panel.

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Like a glove.

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Had to do the same for the bottom as well.

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Now fits flush, as intended.

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Must have gotten all the grooves right, it looks pretty parallel with the back to me smile.gif



Thanks for checking it out guys. Next update will be working on the cutout for the window.

As always, any questions or comments are welcome smile.gif
Edited by Mosquito Mods - 9/9/13 at 9:15pm
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Hmm. Colour me intrigued.
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Definitely keen to see where this mod goes. Always liked the idea of a nice piece of oiled/stained wood with brushed anodised aluminium, match made in heaven I think. biggrin.gif
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Hmm. Colour me intrigued.
Thanks, hopefully I can keep your interest smile.gif
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Definitely keen to see where this mod goes. Always liked the idea of a nice piece of oiled/stained wood with brushed anodised aluminium, match made in heaven I think. biggrin.gif
Thanks, I'm a fan of mixing metals and woods, with the right combinations. I hopefully won't be keeping the brushed aluminum, but have another idea in store that should hopefully be pretty cool biggrin.gif
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Next update, I'm getting pretty close to done with the front panel. Still now power tools yet, and going strong smile.gif
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Used a brace and bit to drill holes for mounting the window and front panel to the Lian-Li sub-chassis


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Traced out the window, then used a straight edge to mark the area that I was going to recess with a knife. The lines on the inside aren't really important, mostly just visualizing things for now. The interior knife lines are for later.


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Starting with a chisel to get down to the knife line. Makes me less prone to accidents with the router plane tearing up an outside edge.


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Then go at it with the router plane, same as before. Few bits of tearout on the outside, but will hopefully be able to clean that up later. Inside doesn't matter, as it'll be gone eventually smile.gif


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After I got the recess for the window to sit on, I then re-marked the inside lines 3/4" from the edge. Then I started using the router plane to make another groove, deeper.


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Test fit.


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Bit and brace to drill a larger hole, then cut with a coping saw, using the groove from earlier as a slight guide.


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Was having issues with the cross grain cuts. Didn't manage to stay very close to my guide edge. Oh well, that's what floats, rasps, and files are for. After all, measure twice, cut once... and sneak up on it anyway smile.gif


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Little cleanup work on the inside edges


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And another test fit.


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Yes, I'll be replacing the philips head screws that are currently holding the bottom of the window on. It's all I had on hand, and only had 2 long enough for the bottom. The top requires longer screws.


Well, that's that for now. I'm still going to do some further cleaning of the window area, and do a few chamfers here and there.

Thanks for checking it out smile.gif
Edited by Mosquito Mods - 12/31/13 at 1:19pm
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nice! subbed... keen to see where this ends up.
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nice! subbed... keen to see where this ends up.
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Not a whole lot of progress in this update. I just made some little details on the front piece, and then began work on the side panels…

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I made a few refinements on the piece of maple. Doesn’t look like much from this far away though.

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Eased into the window top and bottom


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Chamfers were also added to all the edges as well.
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Then it was time to change things up a bit; Out with the wood and hand tools, in with the metal and power.
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I kept the angle for the bottom and top to be horizontal while the case is standing on a flat surface.


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I then copied the curve of the old front to the back of the panel.

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This is roughly what it’ll look like, sort of. The panels will be up a little higher than this.


I’ve still got a little more work to do on the side panels. I am going to mount them to the side of the case, over the original side panels, using spacers. This will allow me to keep the existing ventilation useful, and will bring the side panels out to be closer to the width of the front piece of maple.

Thanks again for checking it, until next time.
Edited by Mosquito Mods - 12/31/13 at 1:21pm
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