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I just wanted to comment on that mighty collection of mountain dew you have there. It's mighty. 300+ cans will last you how long?

lol That's just a pile of nickels I've been saving. I'd say it's easily been 16-18 months since I've returned cans. I'm sure I'll be cashing that in soon enough for parts. biggrin.gif
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http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...computers.html

another guy doing a similar build
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Cool thanks. I don't know how I missed that one.
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Lets move on to fitting the legs.
As I pointed out when we screwed the bottom into place we don't quite have enough room for the lower bolt, nut and washer on each leg.
It needs to be just a bit lower for the legs to seat up against the frame properly.
So we will carve out some nice little pockets for them.


A couple sharp chisels and the hobby knife set.


Grandadacto! This guy feels like a couple pounds in the hand compared to the younger generation. Love it!


Here we are. Need to clean the edges up a bit with the hobby knife.
They're sloped toward the back so I didn't have to remove the bottom to square out the front of the divot.
I didn't want the them too large. Regardless... in the grand scheme of things they'll be nearly invisible.
I know this one looks off but it's actually the hole that's off a touch. It won't show though.


Keeping the divot short means we'll have to slowly feed the bolt through while we tighten the nut.


We can't have all that extra bolt past the nut. Lets cut that off and shine them up.


Cut the top with the dremel.
I said to myself.. "Self? Wth were you thinking with the tape?".


Got half way into the second and... durr.. mark em, pull em, and do this out of the box.


Woo old case panels and blue tape!


Horrible metal work is horrible. I am without a doubt of the carpenter variety.
Did these with nothing but a dremel and a few decent hand files.
I'm not even going to embarrass myself by telling you how many days I spent on the four interior and the two front exterior corners.




Still need to work out screw holes..


and find some short shiny pan head screws for them.




Got to flush that one screw out a little more.
The rear interior corners roll up over the edge like this while the front are flush at the top of the block.


What is that over yonder?


Glass!
Below that at the top of the corner blocks you can see we also added the piece to fill in the gap.
Remember we saved our scrap from the 45'd cuts of the box bottom? A little trim and they fit perfect.


Onto the glass for our top.
After some careful measuring I decided to center the glass perfectly in the middle of the table top. This will give us 6.25 inches of wood top all the way around.
Remember back again that the top is going to be flush with the rear edge of the box.
Centering the glass on the top will off center the view into the case. I plan on monitors/mounting system to come over the table top approximately 7 inches.
This will give us a better view of the goodies inside especially those mounted on the upper lid of the keyboard area.


After lining out the placement of the glass I measured inside that line just under a quarter inch all around and made my cuts.
Making the cut just short of a quarter will ensure that the glass has a little wiggle room when we use a quarter inch router bit to create the lip that holds the glass in place.


Very straight, very vertical cuts. If they aren't true the router work around the cut to hold the glass will look wavy as these cuts will serve as the bits guide.
Not too shabby here. A little burn in from the blade will sand right out.
Some chisel work in the corners to straighten up what the jigsaw missed and we'll be ready router.


As for the tape.. I'm not worried about this chipping or splintering. The wood is pretty darn hard and the router bits sharp.
It's the guide on the router. I've had it snag on cuts and as stringy as the fiber of this wood can get on the surface it can cause it to crumple up like loose rug for a nice shredded chicken look.
Hopefully the tape will help to avoid that.


And that it did. You can see a touch of this woods fibrous nature.


Just need to chisel out that corner and square it up.


Some sanding and it'll be perfect.






In!




Peek-a-dew!


At this point I'm thinking... "I don't like the way the two types of wood mix.


Next time: More router work, mounting the top and more!
Edited by sprower - 4/13/11 at 10:30am
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i saw something like this on a forum. idk which forum though.
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USFORCES on xoxideforums.com and XS posted his, won MOTM from MNPC IIRC July last year.

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Yeah I've seen that one as well. I could swear I saw it here but must be mistaken.

Aye, my mistake. I was thinking of Moonpig's build here.

Added update links to the first post.
Edited by sprower - 4/10/11 at 11:29pm
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Really nice build. Subbed.
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Really nice build. Subbed.
Thanks!

Next update coming up shortly.
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Sorry for the poor quality of a couple shots.
Here is a view of the bottom of the desktop.
The marks to the right outline the dugout for another set of drawer slides.
Long cuts for the longest slides they make. 22 inches I believe but I've not picked them up yet. We'll take care of that soon and return the shorties.
The slides in the photo were originally for the keyboard tray but found them much too short so I swapped them for the slides I had for the top.


Guide board is straight and clamped down.


We'll need to make a couple passes at the least with this bit.
Once the depth of the bit is set we are ready to cut.


Cutting from the outer edge in.


Other wise the corner will blow out and make a mess when we cut through that edge.
I made them extra long for another little stealthy idea we'll get to later.
The router is on loan from my wifes father so I'm rushing to get it back to him.


Cuts!
A few people have bugged on why I cut all the way through the back of the top.
I wouldn't have if I could have avoided it but they'll be nearly hidden by the monitor rack at the rear of the desk.
To access the plastic tab that unlocks the rails on the slides and allows the tabletop to be removed has to be exposed when the slide is fully extended.


Lazy work is lazy.
Instead of taking the time to run a guide and still needing to chisel it out square.. I just went straight to the chisel.


Got to be careful though.. There is less than 1/4 inch of top left.


Then forgot to get a good shot of it cleaned up.
The slides by themselves aren't going to cut it when it comes to the weight of the top when the glass is in.
To avoid a bunch of annoying wood on wood squeaking and squawking we'll use the rollers to the right.
They'll be mounted inside the case atop the front corner blocks.
Getting them to be effective will mean we'll have to leave a small gap between the top and the case... UNACCEPTABLE!!1
To counter that we'll use a fat raspy file and make just enough of a groove at the end of the wheels run on the tabletop. This will allow it to drop and cover that gap with the top closed


Removable section of the slides mount to the frame like so using the 1.5 inch #8 course thread screws.
We want it sturdy but can't have the screws too long here or they'll be in the way of our fan cutouts.
Also... router work is dusty business.






Here is why we'll be switching out the slides for a longer pair.
With monitors mounted this space won't let us get more than a couple hands in there from the top.
Then consider the fact that a majority of the hardware will rest directly under the monitors.
Even though I'll likely remove the top entirely to do major work this opening just won't cut it for even the smallest tasks.




















This is the cutout from the tabletop.
We will use it for the lid of the keyboard area.


Setting up to datto the sides.


This will get them a touch more out of the way of the airflow through the case.


At this point I realized I got a little ahead of myself.
I wanted to router the sides of the top at a 45 degree angle.
Cutting the bottom like this first just removed the guide for the 45 degree bit...
No matter. It can still be done. We'll just screw a couple blocks under that edge the same as it'll be mounted in the case and the blocks will be our new bit guide.


Looking at the bottom of the lid from the side.
In the last update we had to lower the rails for the keyboard tray to get it even with the bottom of the case. Doing this has created extra space allowing us to datto the sides and reduce the hight of the lid in the case.
This is also going to make the lid partially visible through the keyboard area so we 45'd that edge to clean it up a bit visually.





Fast forward an hour...
Ruh-roh... What are we doing here?


Have to chisel those edges out square.


More to come!
Edited by sprower - 4/11/11 at 9:34pm
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