Right, so, if you've noticed, I have been hinting at something in my work log. Here, I'll point it out:
Originally Posted by mcnaryxc
...O, and some of you may be wondering why that oddly shaped triangle is cut out of the top pieces. Well, my friends, you'll just have to wait and see.
Originally Posted by mcnaryxc
::looks at his clock:: Boy, i better get done with my mod then. I have more work than you guys may think lol
I figured since I'm getting close to finishing the main part of my mod, I thought I'd show you what I have in store. Now granted, I've had mixed emotions from friends regarding what I'm doing, but the great part about what I'm doing is that if it doesn't work, o well, the case looks good without it.
I would like to introduce you to my friend:
The Companion Cube.
So, from now on, please "consider the following."
The 2nd idea. I really wanted to make a companion cube computer case (say that 5 times fast
). But, as you all know, there's been people making companion cubes into computer cases for a while now, which is awesome. I'm all for them. (My only complaint with the companion cubes so far is bit-tech's (they could have done a better job IMHO)). I was sad because I wanted to be the first, the original. In my head, I was...jealous.
So, I thought to myself: I have to make a companion cube and somehow incorporate it into the case.
So, secretly, behind OCN's back (i'm so mean
), I started making mockups of how I wanted to make the CCube work. Remember when I said dead week and finals week were really busy and tough weeks? Well, I wasn't lying, but then again, I wasn't telling the whole truth. Ya sure, work and school was tough, but I sacrificed sleep time just to get ideas out of my head. Here's some pictures I haven't yet showed you guys yet:
First, I was playing around with sizes, so I made a cube out of pizza boxes and tried to get ideas of size.
While I was doing these mockups, I told myself I wasn't gonna go smaller than an 8" cube. Why? Well, then I couldn't fit a MiniItx motherboard in there.
Is anyone following where I'm going with this? (Private server with KVM switch maybe?) Remember, this was still idea phase.
Then, I decided on a 9" cube after the pizza boxes. Not too big, yet, still not that small. After some measurements, I went to Home Depot, got some $1.01 wood, and started building.
The black paper pieces are my stencils I made.
I have cut out the corner pieces, but they aren't sanded yet and I haven't taken pictures.
That's all the pictures I've taken of that stuff so far. You wouldn't believe how many pieces you have to cut out for the companion cube. I mean, here, think about it.
1 edge piece = 2 pieces of wood, but there's 12 edges so that makes 24 piece of wood
1 corner piece = 3 pieces of wood, but there's 8 corners, so that makes 24 pieces
6 sides to the CCube
6 circles for the centers
60 pieces of wood
According to my timeline, I should be getting the CCube done in time for PDXLAN for it to fit upon the Portal case. My only concern is that I won't have enough time to put a full blown computer inside. I might come up with another idea soon, but for now, I'm just focusing on getting the grunt of everything done. Portal case first, CCube second.
Thanks for following! The secret is out!!Edited by mcnaryxc - 7/31/09 at 11:04am