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Project: Overkill

Welcome OCN to my first case mod, if you want to call it that. I'm building from scratch a corner desk unit to house two PCs each with their own WC loop. Now, for the matter of this build, there will be a single computer (unless I strike it rich) with a dual monitor setup.

I have rendered most of the project, and I will be posting it up shortly (need to get it hosted first). There will be a few additions to this project as it goes as well, which will be seen in the photo documentary.

Little background about me:

I'm 25, live in Massachusetts. The most intricate woodworking I've ever done is stupid little projects such as putting up railings in my house, installing a few doors, moldings, and various other around the house 1 hour long projects. In other words? I'm probably getting in WAY over my head. However, whats the expression? Go big or go home?

I've also never assembled a water cooling loop, so this is going to be a lot of fun for me.

Enjoy!

FINISHED SHOT!: Scroll through to see additional photos!



01 - Renderings
01.5 - First Purchases
02 - 380W Murder Scene - Part 1
03 - 380W Murder Scene - Part 2
04 - File Cabinet Cutting
05 - Sand and Stain
06 - Constructing Drawers
07 - Drawer Faces
08 - Desk Supports and File Cabinet Rails
09 - Drilling the Counter top
10 - Radiator Holes
11 - Attaching Drawer Handles
12 - Takedown and then Assembly!
13 - Upper Shelves
14 - Drill press for the uprights
15 - Upper Shelves Assembled
16 - Motherboard Trays
17 - Dry fitting the switch box and shaving some oak
18 - Assembled switch box and stained motherboard trays
19 - Motherboard trays and completion!
Edited by DaClownie - 6/30/10 at 9:12pm
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Day 01 - Renderings

After 5 days of fiddling and moving and changing things, this is the design for the desk. Google SketchUp is a very easy to pick up and use program, I'll give them their credit. This is the first thing I've made using SketchUp, well, second if you count the chair from the tutorial

Front View:


Top View:


Close-Up of Motherboard Tray
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So, I've started spending. Now, mind you in the introduction, I mentioned I hadn't done any real wood working except unimportant stuff around the house in YEARS. Well, the inevitable needed to happen, I had to buy tools!

My first purchase, a Craftsman table saw. I know its not contractor quality, but none-the-less its pretty nice. I was going in, looking for their entry level saw, which was sold out and on sale for $109 USD. I figured with that price range, it would be rather limited, so I looked through the book to see if there was any reasonably priced upgrade. Well, the next steps up were sold out, so they did a search through store inventories and found a refurbished saw, that was 5 steps up from the model I originally was going to get, for only $40 USD more! :applause:

I've also got my Wish Lists and Carts full at a number of other stores. 100 LEDs, 100ft of 22 Gauge wire, $450 in lumber and counter top, upgrades for my rig (girlfriend think its "part of the desk"), watercooling loop picked out, and a few other tricks up my sleeve!
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02 - 380W Murder Scene - Part 1

So, since I had this in first, and I had some ambition, I decided to chop up my a cheapo power supply I picked up in the For Sale section of the forums.



Shell is off:



Snipped off all the connectors I didn't need (SATA, ATX 20+4 pin and 4-pin, PCI-E):



By use of the Multiple Power Supply Guide I found out which wires I needed to jump the power supply:



Organized and capped off all the extra leads from the PSU:





Decided to shorten them all a bit more to shut the casing easier :



She laughed at me for wasting time :

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03 - 380W Murder Scene - Part 2

The second phase of the 380W PSU mod was to reattach the molex rail I cut off by accident!

The Patient



Things are really heating up!:



Terrible solder job, but it works so who cares:





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04 - File Cabinet Cutting

Ok, so actual progress on a desk now. My camera was not cooperating when I was cutting the lumber, which I'm kind of upset about. I was really excited to show some cool action shots of me ripping through boards like a bat out of hell.

The Finished Cuts:





Next came the fan hole on the back of the file cabinet to let air out of housed components in the top drawer:





Money Spending Alert! New Scrolling Sabre Saw (Jigsaw for those of us not hip with the new Lingo):



Fan holes done:







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05 - Sand and Stain

Now to give this lifeless oak plywood some life. I picked out a nice Cherry color stain figuring the reddish tint would compliment the soon to be theme (oh shoot, glimpse into the future?)

Stain color: Cherry.





First Piece set to dry!:



Then it kinda rolled from there:











Job well done:



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So, I had some issues with my camera, so a few steps in the middle were missed. Let me recap for you. I took all the stained pieces of wood you saw and constructed them into cabinets sans face. I then proceeded to cut tons of 3/8" birch to make the drawers out of.

As I was putting the drawers together, I realized that there were no supports to enforce structural rigidity:


Those will go here:


And look like this:


Drawers sitting in the cabinets, with rollers:


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Ok, so now we're onto the faces of the drawers. Let me just tell you, solid oak in a 1x12 fashion is friggin' expensive. Holy $9 USD a foot. Faces of the drawers cost me over $75. Still can't believe it a few months later. lol

Anywho, started with solid oak rectangles, and then did a bevel cut on my table saw to make this:




After that, I finally broke down and got a simple sanding block so my hand would stop going numb:




Same stain and 3 coats of poly later:




First drawer face mounted for appearance comparison:




More coming soon!
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Ok, so a combined update. In one night I got adventurous. I cut up all my uprights, shaved 1/8" thick pieces of oak off of a scrap piece remaining from the drawer faces, and busted out primer and paint.

To start... priming the uprights and the moldings for the top of the supports:




Then slap some paint on those bad boys:






Next was finding a way to make the file cabinet bottom drawers into file cabinets... presenting, thinly shaved pieces of oak! I'm going to apologize in advance for the terrible pictures, as I said, my camera was being a dink, so I had to do the best I could in poor lighting with an iPhone 3GS camera... don't hate me :







More coming soon!
Edited by DaClownie - 6/17/10 at 5:53am
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