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I really love the idea of using wood to accent a white case like this. Is love to see a walk-through of how your doing the woodwork.
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I really love the idea of using wood to accent a white case like this. Is love to see a walk-through of how your doing the woodwork.

Thanks, I love wood too. The next one will be even more "woody" .. he he

 
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What are the minimum tools one would need to make wooden panels? Can you buy flat pieces and basically shape with a handsaw, sand and stain? Or do you need a tablesaw to get the planks?
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Thanks, I love wood too. The next one will be even more "woody" .. he he
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Wow great concept! thumb.gif
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What are the minimum tools one would need to make wooden panels? Can you buy flat pieces and basically shape with a handsaw, sand and stain? Or do you need a tablesaw to get the planks?

This is a multiple question / answer situation. Coming from a background as a cabinet maker / carpenter, the more tools you have, aka machines, the better the results will be.

Ofc, one can use a few basic hand tools. A jigsaw or circular saw + a straight metal ruler or guide rail is a must. Then you have the combo of a guide rail and Dremel Trio (my preference) to cut holes and straight lines. Then if you need curved angles, similar to what I added in the picture I showed you in the last post (top right corner curvature), you make a template that you use as the guide. I will recommend a Japan saw for fine cuts, corners etc. You need an oscillating sander, not a vibrating one. 

Here are a few other tools that are nice to have: Coping saw, smoothing plane, combination square, bevel gauge, marking knife, dovetail saw, card scraper, marking gauge, spokeshave, shoulder plane, block plane, chisel set. I am not mentioning a hammer etc, that is rather obvious for some reasons, but be aware, there are different types and also for many reasons... lol

You can buy planks and glue them together or find a board that will cover your need (width, length and thickness) and skip the gluing part yourself. There are so many options. Lets not forget what type of wood you want to use.. oh my. 

But lets assume you locate a board that covers your need, right thickness and all, then in such a situation, then some of the first tools I mentioned will do the job. Then you cut out the pieces you need, sand it and stain and finally varnish or wax it. For instance, I use wax on my walnut for this PC - gives it a satin finish and retain the original wood color and some of the patterns. Wax or varnish, thick layer (like piano gloss) or thin layer, all depend on what one wants, same with stain. Using the natural color of the wood is ALWAYS better than stained - meaning you need to investigate different types of wood, often hardwood unless you use a wood type that is bright in its colors like American Maple. American Maple is often stained to give it an appearance of more expensive wood (hardwood) .. lol 

Then there is stain. Water based stain gets drawn into the wood, giving it depth while an alcohol based stain remain on the surface.

Then there is the matter of using glued wood in the form of boards, that is also a cheapish way of doing things but extremely common, the other more expensive and often better looking method is using veneer clued to the surface of.. you guessed it, a board.

Oh gee, sorry if you got bored.. its just an old habit, getting asked questions about stuff I care about and are passionate about, then I tend to rant.. he he

Hope it helps

 

Here are a selection of different types of wood - http://www.fanerami.com/wood_species.php

 

And if you want an insight to different types of veneers, I really recommend checking this company - to me, they have OMG stuff :thumb: - http://www.alpiwood.com/en/



Circular saw with guide rail                                                                                   Japan Saw

 

  

 

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Wow great concept! thumb.gif

Yeah. That was the PC I were suppose to build by now, but it got to expensive, so I went for the H440 instead. But I want to build it or a very similar as I want to build the pre-amplifier and power amplifier together with a clean power stage. But that is a $10-15K job in material alone. Why the need for something that fancy you might ask, well, I want to drive a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamond.

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My amplifier series - seen here is the pre-amp.

 

 

 

The B&W 800D - circa $25 000,- / pair

 

 

 

 
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No, that didint bore me at all. That's probably the best response to a question i have ever asked on the internet.... bravo. biggrin.gif
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No, that didint bore me at all. That's probably the best response to a question i have ever asked on the internet.... bravo. biggrin.gif

That's a nice rep. Going the distance. I just figured that your question indicated some limit in your understanding of what wood work really means, whit out being pre judgemental. There is a nice build called the Cygnus X1 were the case is made out of African Pedauk. This is a scratch built computer.

 

I recommend checking out the build tread. You will find some nice tips and ideas there. 

 

http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/case-mod/2009/12/14/cygnus-x1-by-attila-lukacs-oldnewby/1

 
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I am returning the EVGA card for a new one. See images if you like. Dirt and smudge all over the place - I do not trust this card

    

 
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Less than 3 weeks to go for system launch :thumb:

 
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