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Hello all . I am interested to find out as much information about this as possible, what my idea is to build a pc case but use wood as I have seen people make them from wood and I think they look really smart . My idea is to build a case in the shape of a house pretty much like my house and when it is turned on have lights in the inside go on like it would inside a house , what I'm unsure about is what wood to use , what thickness and what I should watch out for when using wood as a pc case , I'm aware that ventilation is a big part of it and any advice on that also would be great , so basically anything you think I should know and be aware of .Thank you in advance biggrin.gif
post #2 of 5
10mm to 15mm for stability would be a nice thickness.
Treat the wood with a fire retardent coating on the inside.
Plenty of cut outs for vents and/or fans would be a smart choice. (Wood may trap heat)
Use stand off for the MB, just like any retail case would.
As for type of wood, not sure. Something expensive and smooth looking.
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buy a mobo tray. i would recommend something like this

http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/d8000-3/

then build your case around the tray. in whatever wood finish you prefer. i would recommend something like oak/cherry/ceder.

you can go with a much simpler tray like

http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/q6atx/

but that will be ALOT more work on your part when it comes to the IO panel and expansion slots placement with wood. i suppose it would depend on how serious of a carpenter you are smile.gif
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i suppose it would depend on how serious of a carpenter you are smile.gif

No it's a pretty difficult task for even the most experienced carpenters plus the wood there would have to be pretty thin which means it will break so much easier. If you've ever worked with inlaying or be meeting it takes a lot of care to not crack those delicate pieces and getting them to take the weight of a gpu is a bad idea

Another option to the motherboard tray method is to take the rear i/o from a cheap case along with the hdd and 5.25" bats which are a bit like the rear i/o thin delicate pieces needing to hold up heavy stuff.
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post #5 of 5
Its not that hard to build a wooden box to house a PC. Don't be discouraged!

I would recommend using either a PCI cage from CaseLabs or a motherboard tray from MountainMods.

Here are some wooden cases I managed to build. rolleyes.gif





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