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Wewt! http://www.overclock.net/benchmarking-software-discussion/1016742-formula-jiggawatts-race-season-june-august-37.html#post14107984 Move over 9800gtx. Here comes something Physxier! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Tatakai All;14031523 
Hot damn!!! +rep for the woodworking skills and awesome mod originality.

Thanks Tat!
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Wewt! http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...l#post14107984 Move over 9800gtx. Here comes something Physxier!



Thanks Tat!
You won that?
Congrats!!
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^^Hells yeah! Thanks!

Thank goodness for random draw prizes because I definitely wasn't winning anything based on performance.
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Resurrection! biggrin.gif

Nothing major going on here for quite some time except the desk has been collecting dust for nearly a year now.

Pump in the wc loop started making an awful racket, so I pulled everything and it has been running benched on air for way to long. rolleyes.gif

RV2 is now under way! I've been sanding, staining and finishing the desk for a few weeks now. I'm sure some people will be pleased to see no more black finish!

Anyhow, my photography skills definitely haven't improved over the last few years but I'll leave this with yall.



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Last I left you all I dropped a few pics of a veneer I made out of the original table scrap for the Samsung SSD.

I used a table router to take it down to about 4mm thick. Any less and I feared the butcher block would have fell apart.
At 4mm I'm amazed that it held together and is as strong as it is.

As to the rest of the dek I decided not to take the black finish all the way down to original wood. Instead, with more hours than I care to recall of meticulous sanding, I took it down about 75%. This left some great tigering in the wider grain pieces as well as fine speckling and nice definition of the butcher block pieces from the original table. It kind of gives the wood a burnt antique look. The veneer above doesn't reflect this as it never had a coat of the black stain prior to finishing.... slght oversight... rolleyes.gif

After sanding most of the desk down wiith 220 grit sandpaper I gave a few select pieces a good run with 300 grit to get them nice a smooth to the touch. Namely, the desktop, box face, legs and keyboard tray.

A good cleanup with mineral spirits had it all ready for stain once again. This time around I was very modest compared to the prior black finish, but I definitely wanted it much darker than natural wood. So I went with Minwax Provincial 211. It left a nice touch of gold to the sanded ribbons in the grain and a bit of light chocolate color.

After trying to match up the butcher block with the other woods as best as I could I started adding coats of Minwax Polyurethane semi gloss. I knew I didn't want to go full on gloss so I tested a bit of the satin compared to the semi gloss. I ended up going with the semi gloss because I felt like it gave better clarity to the wood grain. After the first two or three initial coats I started wet sanding lightly with 300grit paper and wiping it all down with mineral spirits in between coats. This takes care of any bubbles left from the brush and makes everything super smooth. After about 7+ coats of polyurethane I lost track... I know high traffic areas like the legs, top, face and kb tray have at least 15 coats of poly. biggrin.gifthumb.gif

I'm quite pleased with the results. It feels and looks great. In the right light there is some fantastic ambering in the wood grain!
The weather has been crap for the last few days so I only have a couple night pics... but you get the idea! drum.gif

Keyboard tray







As to watercooling... I'm going to jump the acrylic bandwagon with everyone else. I'll just leave with this for now.

I just pulled the trgger on an order of acrylic tube.


Hopefully 30ft will be enough to get the bending process down. tongue.gif

I'm unsure of the quality of tube USPlastics has to deliver so I have a 4pack of the Monsoon tubing on hand as well.

Until next time space cowboys.
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I've been playing with light and settings for the last couple days. Is it ever time consuming just to get a few decent shots! tongue.gif

A few of these are a little harsh and I apologize. Having a bit of trouble playing with white balance. Not sure what to use software wise.

Also... dust... got to love living in the desert... mad.gif

Pics!

Tabletop butcherblock under light.












Optical illusion! I love how the base of the hd rack blends with the bottom in this one.




Unsure why I used this hardware to attach the switch plate originally. headscratch.gif Need to countersink it and use flatheads from the bottom.






For all you legs men out there! thumb.gifbiggrin.gif




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In addition to the refinish and acrylic hardline there will be a few other things to work on as well.

Loop cleanup: For the most part a lot of the wc parts are in great shape. My real concern here is cleaning up the threads of everything.. mostly fittings. Besides the obvious tubing looking crapped on... plastisizer managed to push through all the threads to the o-rings and gather all white and chalky now.. yummy! redface.gif A good soaking in distilled and a toothbrush have been working wonders.

More radiator! (Black Ice Nemesis 480 GTS)
GPU upgrade: picked up a couple used GTX 770s
Asus Sabertooth 990FX (natural colors!)
Monitor mount revision to allow portrait setup.

I've been considering:

1.) Butcher block shroud for the fan exhaust on the i/o tray panel.
2.) Butcher block shroud/cover for the dvd drive: It's not very visible under the top but I'm unhappy with how the old mounts look and I think a three piece cover/mount from the rest of the bblock scrap would look great.
3.) Coolant color/distilled? TBH I've never thought any dye colors I've seen would look better than crystal clear di.
4.) Acrylic top blocks? A must if I go the color coolant route.. Otherwise.. meh..
5.) Locate plexi top for Supreme HF?

To do list:


More loop cleanup

Polish up the Frozen Q res

Pick up bending supplies

Did I mention loop cleanup? biggrin.gif

Here are a few shots of the Nemesis rad. I'm not to thrilled about the wrinkle finish but it sort of matches the strider psu and will be out of sight as well.






After a few 20 gallons and a million shakes later... still pulling this stuff out of the new rad.
Until next time space cowboys!
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Subbed!! 3 years in the making. I can appreciate that! Great job!! thumb.gif
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Subbed!! 3 years in the making. I can appreciate that! Great job!! thumb.gif

Thanks Wolfsbora! I can hardly believe it's been 3 years already.

It was definitely time for a revision. There was so much bothering me about the build because I rushed it (it felt like it anyway) so I could get back to playing hah. biggrin.gif This time around I'm not settling for much less than perfection. wink.gif

Anyway, I'll have another update here in a day or two. I've been chipping away at the last couple wood pieces this week. Albeit completely unnecessary, these two three pieces have been on my mind since the start of this project and I just couldn't not give them a shot.
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Small update before it all starts getting put back together. I... think... I am done with all the woodworking!
I Know! Don't look so surprised! I'm sure I'll come up with something else. biggrin.gif

Chipped out this optical drive bay from the very last of the original butcher block table.



Six separate parts make up this piece as I was trying to get it blend in with the butcher block deck it's mounted on.



Unfortunately I had already drilled the holes for the side mounting screws before I realized that the bay fits the drive so perfect I don't need them. I know... filler.. hindsight... Oh well!

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Looks really awesome! Although one thing is bothering the hell out of me. The fan you have for your mobo heat sink, why not make a little shroud or something from wood so it blows down onto it?

I apologize M'lord. Rectified! biggrin.gif



A fun but challenging little piece to make. The front left of the L shape wasn't meant to be open like that. I accidentally blew it out while routing underneath.



This fan shroud is made of three parts. The last little nugget of butcher block surrounded by a piece of something I ripped off an old couch armrest. thumb.gif







SLI bridge anyone?



Until next time space cowboys!
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