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post #11 of 46
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So, first things first, my overclock suddenly went haywire, temperatures jumped 15C higher on the motherboard and processor than I've EVER had them go, and my RAID 0 array came apart. What does this mean? That means that I almost lost the next 10 updates of my work log, basically removing me from the contest.

However, with the help of OCN, I was able to put my array back together, lose nothing. Not sure what happened. As I get further into the build and move the computer into the desk itself, I'll be looking it over to make sure of no major problems with the motherboard.

Moving along... on with the update!

Used a hole saw to make a nice smooth cut on the counter-top (but accidentally scratched it getting the disk of counter top out) :


With the dowel inserted through to hold the desk upright:


Next was raising everything by 3/4" because I didn't plan on the counter top lipping like it does (was covering up the drawers):




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post #12 of 46
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So, through the power of printable templates, I was able to get a nice easy design made for my radiators. Performance PCs has the templates on some of the pages of their radiator grills. Quite convenient.

Etched on the design with an utility knife:


Pilot holes drilled:


Jigsaw used, holes cut:


Stencil lined up for holes:




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post #13 of 46
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So, small update this time, real short process. I took a piece of paper, used an awl and poked holes through the paper into the screw holes of the handle. Then, attached handles.

Hole, handle, awesome:




Final product:


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post #14 of 46
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So as the famous mantra goes: Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Was that famous? or was that Semisonic? I digress...

So, in order to put together a new desk, I must first take down the old one...

Presenting... the old one:




Taken away and the first cabinet put in place:


And the second...:


Center upright mounted to cross members:


Counter top goes into place:




Bolted and glued:


Is it strong enough? FAT BABY STRESS TEST!




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post #15 of 46
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So next was cutting and staining the upper shelves. Explanations not really necessary, pictures should suffice.











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post #16 of 46
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So the next step was to make sure that I had perfectly straight drill holes as I was putting everything together via dowels. I wanted this desk to be ready to quick assembly and disassembly in the event I were to move. Easy solution? drill a hole straight through the shelves, and straight into the uprights to slip a dowel right through. Did it work? we'll see in a future update. Sorry for the crap pics, taken with my phone at my dad's house as I was using the drill press. Completely forgot my camera :-X

Here's the pics of the tools and outcome:




Forstner bits, the way to go:




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post #17 of 46
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So, now the upper shelves are being assembled. Pardon the mess already on the desk, kid's birthdays and various other events = mess.

Upper shelves assembled using dowels going straight through the shelves into the smaller pieces of uprights:




Stress test using a 60lb box of books:


FAT BABY STRESS TEST!:


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post #18 of 46
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Ok, so now that there's a desk, its time to get the motherboard trays ready so I can start chopping counter top. For the motherboard trays, I'll be going back to my trusty old table saw, some 3/4" thick oak plywood, and then ripping 3/16" thick pieces of solid oak off to face the pieces. There will be holes cut shortly for routing the wires through to the file cabinets, as well as acrylic windows on the desktop as well as the face of the trays. The acrylic (will be in future updates) was cut and polished by none other than CyberDruid. Many thanks to him for his excellent work.

Cutting all the pieces:


Notching all the pieces so that they accept the acrylic front window:




Cutting the back piece to go around the Lian Li replacement motherboard tray:








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Small update this time, I had a few spare minutes in between getting things ready for my daughter's 1st birthday party so I ran downstairs, and went to work. For the switch box, I had left over triangular pieces from when I cut the shelves. Turns out they were just about perfect for the switch panel, leaving just enough room to mount everything and also fit nicely with the shelves. Convenient.

So first, shaved pieces of oak to face the upper shelves as well as the face of the motherboard tray:


Dry fitting of the switches, USB, and power supply:


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Ok, much larger update! In this update I build the switch box, mount all the components and bus bars inside, as well as get some motherboard trays stained. The pictures really speak for themselves in this update.

Stained motherboard trays:


Jigsawed out holes for the PSU and wires to run through:








Pieces mounted including the jigsawed face of the box:


Time for paint:




Preparing the housings for the components:












My mistake... I accidently cut the hole for the two 3.5" USB panels to the same height as a 5 1/4" bay so it required me to get creative... so, used a screwdriver and some tin snips to take the mesh out of the door of my crappy RAIDMAX Smilodon Extreme Black case and came up with this:


Painted final shots including all mountings inside!:






More to come!
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Beast of Burden
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Cool story, bro!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Caviar Black ASUS DVD XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VE226H ASUS VE226H Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid Corsair HX850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550@ 3.5GHz w/ 1.191v Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Sapphire Reference 5850 @ 775/1100 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial C300 Spinpoint F3 Caviar Black ASUS DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung 23" Saitek Eclipse III 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 430W NZXT Source 210 Wolf King 
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