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I love the project!! I will be looking forward to your updates, SUBBED

It is nice to talk about renders and drawings, but we all know that we love to see the work in progress. Renders are useless if the project never takes place. Glad to see that you have great attention to detail and is able to tackle such a task with the right mindset.
Edited by lilraver018 - 12/5/10 at 10:58pm
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This looks pretty sweet, I love how you have the desk designed to hold the computers. Sub'd
    
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I've got 16 years in the trades including a fair amount of time in a high end cabinet shop and I've gotta say I'm extremely impressed at the level of work from someone that is clearly(judging by language and technique, not by product) a novice. Kudos to you and I look forward to seeing the final product.
I recognize you.

@OP Man, that's an awesome idea. And it looks like it's going great.
Not too long ago, I did almost the same thing. Made a desk in Sketch Up, then actually built it. It's not nearly as good as yours, though.
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Still following....can I suggest one thing for the drawers? I've always like a little routed line about 6 inches long horizontally instead of the little knobs to pull the drawer out...you may need a thicker wood for that but I always thought it looked more slick.

Oh, what color are you going with...unless I missed that somewhere?
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post #35 of 432
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Looks like it's coming along. Great stuff!
Thanks zionic

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Awesomeness. SUBBED

You shall now be stalked by Xeb.
Oooooh, what an honour! Thanks Lord Xeb, hope you enjoy!

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WOW. Subbed.
Thanks evan_phi!

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I've got 16 years in the trades including a fair amount of time in a high end cabinet shop and I've gotta say I'm extremely impressed at the level of work from someone that is clearly(judging by language and technique, not by product) a novice. Kudos to you and I look forward to seeing the final product.
Thank you forty2skates, it has been a really great learning experience so far, and every step of the way I'm increasing my level of education with wood working. I figure there's nothing a bit of patience and attention to detail can't fix, if you want to do a good job. If you've got an tips or hints, or ideas on how some of the steps could have been done better, feel free to pipe in!

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this looks awsome
Thanks Papermilk!

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**** JIZZ.

Mind posting the specs of the computers you will be building inside this desk? I am very interested.
Heh, thanks Live_free - the specs of the system so far are still a bit of a mystery I'm hoping to cash in on a bit of the Christmas season and Boxing day sales!

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Subbed. Definitely interested in the outcome.
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Awesome! Great job so far!

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Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
I love the project!! I will be looking forward to your updates, SUBBED

It is nice to talk about renders and drawings, but we all know that we love to see the work in progress. Renders are useless if the project never takes place. Glad to see that you have great attention to detail and is able to tackle such a task with the right mindset.
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This looks pretty sweet, I love how you have the desk designed to hold the computers. Sub'd
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I recognize you.

@OP Man, that's an awesome idea. And it looks like it's going great.
Not too long ago, I did almost the same thing. Made a desk in Sketch Up, then actually built it. It's not nearly as good as yours, though.
Thanks a lot JoshuaaT, gbrilliantq, lilraver018, Kratthew D. Kraids, and Bassdoken, your words of encouragement mean a lot to me, I can't wait to get you all some more updates!

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Still following....can I suggest one thing for the drawers? I've always like a little routed line about 6 inches long horizontally instead of the little knobs to pull the drawer out...you may need a thicker wood for that but I always thought it looked more slick.

Oh, what color are you going with...unless I missed that somewhere?
That's a pretty nice idea Shadowclock - I'm thinking of moving from plywood to solid wood for the drawer faces, so that would open up the possibility of routing the edges instead of doing the knob thing.

As for colour, I'm hoping to do a dark stain, red/black, like a dark cherry mahogany, if I'm not mistaken.
post #36 of 432
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Hey everyone, it's been a little while since my last update, so here are a few snapshots. As some of you might know, I've been a little held back in the project due to not having selected my motherboard I/O plates and motherboard trays. Without having the actual items, I couldn't make the appropriate measurements to make cut-outs in the back of the cabinets, and therefore, was unable to make the dado cuts due to worry about everything not fitting properly.

So I scrounged through some old desktop systems I had lying around, emptied their components into my bins, and decided to take apart their chassis in search of some good motherboard tray and I/O parts.

So - off to the spooky basement with a pair of chassis, my trusty drill and dremel.





Having never drilled rivets out of a case before, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. At first, I started with a bit that was a little bit small, so the rivets came up onto the drill bit itself and got stuck on there pretty good. Eventually, I moved to a bigger bit, and all it took was one good squeeze of the trigger and the rivet would come right out nice and cleanly.





Starting to rack up some parts here



You can see in the image above that the I/O and PCI Plate is built right into the back of the desktop chassis - this is unfortunate, as you'll see in some future photos, my other case actually had a modular I/O plate. I'll have to take the dremel to that part to get what I need.

Time to grab the pliers...



Here is the shot of the back plate of the other desktop chassis - see how the I/O plate was actually riveted in, and not pressed as a whole back sheet like the other one? Soo much easier to deal with.



That was a pretty fun experience taking apart the cases. I've got a bunch of scrap sheet metal now too - wonder what interesting projects I can come up with to use them...

On to that first I/O plate - I need to dremel out the section that I need



Huh.. that actually didn't work out too well, at least, not the way I would like. I'm going to take these parts to the shop to see if there are any better tools for getting nice clean lines.

Until next time!
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Awesome!
 
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This is the exciting part...
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Cool! Keep it up! (subbed)
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subbed, nice work, you give me ideas
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