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So, me and lunchbox are talking in vent about making wood cases. I took Custom Woodworking/Construction this year in highschool (Im in grade 11). I'd like to make a few cases out of pine (my school has tons of it).
now,
do i need a motherboard tray (metal) or can i just make stand off holes in the pine?
How big should i make it (i'd like i to fit the longest retail card currently out, i don't even know why)
Any issues with using pine?
I'd like to not use any metal what so ever, i plan on trying to use .25" pieces of pine to hold 5.25" devices and 3.5" HDD's/2.5" SSD's.

i know lunchbox has a really awsome idea and we're going to discuss it all but i'd like more input on it from /OCN/. LOL.

Thanks!
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So, me and lunchbox are talking in vent about making wood cases. I took Custom Woodworking/Construction this year in highschool (Im in grade 11). I'd like to make a few cases out of pine (my school has tons of it).
now,
do i need a motherboard tray (metal) or can i just make stand off holes in the pine?
How big should i make it (i'd like i to fit the longest retail card currently out, i don't even know why)
Any issues with using pine?
I'd like to not use any metal what so ever, i plan on trying to use .25" pieces of pine to hold 5.25" devices and 3.5" HDD's/2.5" SSD's.

i know lunchbox has a really awsome idea and we're going to discuss it all but i'd like more input on it from /OCN/. LOL.

Thanks!
Yea, there are quite a few wood builds you can look up here on OCN, but there should be no issue with using pine. Just make sure it's fully dried otherwise you could wind up with sap on your motherboard and it'll be lights out for the board.

You should be able to put your stand off holes directly into the pine, so you wont need a metal tray, but using a tray could make your build easier.

As for size, it's all up to you. Look up the different specifications of the different form factors and decide what you want to do from there.

Good Luck!
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self bump. Post idea's ladies & gentlemen!
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Please only bump every 24 hours.
You should be ok with putting the mobo right on wood.
    
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post #5 of 17
the reason why i suggested putting in a mobo tray is for easy maintenance and change outs. but if putting the stand-offs into the wood would be fine, then go for it. i would still do a mobo tray.
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post #6 of 17
Sounds like a fun project,

Make it into something you want: think outside the box with this. You don't have to make a typical case shape. Something unique.

Cheers!
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make a wooden companion cube case
    
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or wooden cake perhaps?
the mobo could be mounted diagonally
    
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I've never used a mobo tray because honestly how often do you switch out components? Once a year for upgrades??

Anyway I love this idea and these kind of projects. All wood should be fine. Do you plan on using screws, nails, bolts, or wood glue to put it together. You could take the "it's completely wood and looks very rugged" approach or you could make it look like a piece of machinery or a self-made project showing the screws. I don't really know how to convey what I'm say for that second part but hopefully you get it. Either way it'll good. Do you plan on staining it or using varnish?
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I do plan on staining and using varnish. Also, i realised i need finishing nails and screws to build it. will that be a problem?
also, lunchbox i don't want to use a mobo trey becuase it'll take away from the "all wood" theme but it's a smart idea!

thanks for the help guys. keep posting ideas!
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