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Ideas for my WOODEN MK2 Case

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Above are pictures from my current case. It was made entirely from wood in 3 days.

This year in about 2 weeks I will have more time to make a Mark 2 wooden case.
I will be making a complete build log and am looking for any suggestions to help me improve it.

So far I have decided to put a hinged door with a latch on the side for easy access.
Reposition the CD Drives and reservoir for easier installation.
Install clip on fan filters/mesh for easy cleaning.
Make the case more compact.
Separate components and direct airflow for better cooling.

The first thought I am stumbling on is how to make the fan grills easily removable.
I will make a wooden frame with fly wire mesh but I don;t want to use screws to attach it as they're too hard to remove and mess around with all the time.
Has anyone got suggestions on how to do this?

If you wanna ask any questions about my first case or have any suggestions for my next build please feel free smile.gif

Thanks Travis
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Forgot to add I would like to move the radiator and reservoir closer to the board and put the rad next to or below the board. I have found that the water doesn't flow around properly and has trouble pumping into the rad.

Thanks Travis smile.gif
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If you're not already I would suggest MDF or old school particle board as the primary material. It's unusually acoustically dead, which will make for a quieter case. The old ase does seem a bit larger than necessary.

have you considered a chimney or wall mount case? The big advantage of scratch cases is that you dont have to use traditional formats.
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I used MDF to mount most of the components and fans but used Plywood for the actual case. I will definitely be taking noise production into account with this case, thanks smile.gif
I don't really have the room for a wall mount however I was considering modding the next one into my desk.
I was going to use the top, rear and side panels as walls and then build 3 more but I think the desk will end up too hard to move and won't really work that well.
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I'd start and make a plan for where exactly I need the components to be, while also thinking about space savings. Try to cram as much hardware into as small of a footprint as possible. That's what i'd do. Maybe do a three fan mount in the front of the case with a radiator? Like the Core 1000 mod a user here did a while back. Link.

In short, I think just having the case smaller and the hardware closer to each other will make it look a lot cleaner.
I cant really help in the actual wood department, I've only worked with metal. smile.gif
Edited by JockThatCamel - 11/19/13 at 10:34am
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I used MDF to mount most of the components and fans but used Plywood for the actual case. I will definitely be taking noise production into account with this case, thanks smile.gif
I don't really have the room for a wall mount however I was considering modding the next one into my desk.
I was going to use the top, rear and side panels as walls and then build 3 more but I think the desk will end up too hard to move and won't really work that well.

plywood is used for a lot of musical insturments, though it's generally hardwood plywood. Happily pine is crap and full of sound absorbing air pockets. If you really want a quiet case may I suggest linint the interior with rubber backed carpeting. I did it to my antec 300 and it worked wonders.
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