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A couple example pictures of the look I'm going for with the red cathodes.


As this projects name suggests I'm trying to roll it all together into an elemental effect.
I thought that with all the lumber and water cooling it was only natural.
Hopefully in the end we will get a nice balance in the lighting from the heated red under the motherboard area and the cool uv blue of the FrozenQ res.
I suspect the red will over power the blue but we've blue leds on the motherboard we can use if needed.


Onto the psu.
I made the decision to not make my own custom cables and just sleeve extensions for now. I already had most of the extensions I needed and wasn't to interested in voiding my warranty. Alright.. I'll admit.. I'm a little chicken as well.
So in order to cover the rainbow of wires, ugly sleeve and stickers we'll make a shroud.


Exhaust cut. We're mounting it on another piece of the project block.
These are felt pads I used to get spacing right. I'll pick up some of these in the rubber variety for a couple dollars and use them to reduce any vibration.


Risers on the bottom just like the motherboard tray.


Using a piece of the old frame we cut the blocks for the shroud.


These are to small to clamp down so very carefully with the router flipped upside down I 45'd the edges by hand.
I don't suggest trying this at home kids!


The verticals are held in with the two inch screws. Again holes are predrilled and countersunk.


Top and front blocks are screwed to the verts inside the shroud using some of the scrap metal from the old case panel.


I can live with that.




It doesn't look like the piece covering the cables along the mobo tray is thin enough.




This was cut off the old case as well. Hammered it flat with a rubber mallet and slapped on a few coats of primer/paint.
Cheap, effective, out of sight and inexpensive too!




Hard drive rack bits.


I like how the 45's come together on these pieces.














That's it for now. Thanks for reading!
Edited by sprower - 4/17/11 at 12:07pm
post #42 of 287
Wow, this is awesome.

I should do this, the desk I made has two big cracks in it due the wood being fasly advertised and wasn't completely aged.

Ah well.
post #43 of 287
Amazing Craftmanship!

Sub'd for sure
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Wow, this is awesome.

I should do this, the desk I made has two big cracks in it due the wood being fasly advertised and wasn't completely aged.

Ah well.
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Amazing Craftmanship!

Sub'd for sure
Much appreciated. Thanks!
post #45 of 287
Wow I love desk computers, only problem for me is it would be a little hard to take to LANs lol

Nice build.
post #46 of 287
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^^Without a doubt! It will make for a nice sense of security knowing you can't get it out of the room without taking the legs off. With the monitors mounted it'll be twice as impossible.
post #47 of 287
great looking PSU stuff!!
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^Thanks! I wasn't to sure about how it would come out. It will look even better with some dark stain on it.
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WOW, great work sprower. I'm about to embark on a desk build as well. But as I have zero carpentry skills, I'm sticking to modding the desk I already have. Maybe I'll have to do another in the future. Anyhow, very motivational, great work
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WOW, great work sprower. I'm about to embark on a desk build as well. But as I have zero carpentry skills, I'm sticking to modding the desk I already have. Maybe I'll have to do another in the future. Anyhow, very motivational, great work
Thanks man! Soo many cases about all I could do was custom desk.



We'll start this update with work on the disc drive. Having some small and LARGE problems along the way.
Although with some luck we'll manage work it out alright by the end.

Disassembled, masked with a plastic bag and tape. A touch of light sanding and the first coat of primer applied.






A few coats of primer and flat black later. This was all done before I decided on gloss black poly/stain. Might have to repaint this later if I don't like the look of the flat on gloss. Either way it will be fairly out of view.


I wanted to mount it on the same side that the wire for the res uv cathode was on to keep all the routing on the same side.
It wasn't meant to be. The 30 inch sata cable I picked up is a few inches short because the connections on the mobo are on the far side.


Marked with some tape over it to help keep the cut clean.


Forgive my lack of detail from the last pic to this one...
When I was drilling out the holes on the face of the drive for the new wood face I managed to drill a good quarter inch deep into the tip of my index finger.
Needless to say I was more than a little distracted lol


Ideally I would have liked to use the cutout for the face but it wouldn't work for a couple of reasons.
A.) The blade width just leaves way to much of a gap.
B.) I used the jigsaw to cut the hole so the block was trashed.
So in order to get it as invisible as possible from the outside we cut the block for the face from another piece. That piece is the end cut off this board which really helps to get the grain matching.


Bit of a gap there I'll need to cover to keep light from peering through in the dark. Maybe some black weather stripping?


Aaaaand a huge chip out when I cut the hole. Lets fix that up.


A fat glob of wood glue, the piece that chipped off, a nice thin sheet of some old manual, a block, some clamps and a day later.
Pay no attention to the gaping hole to the right or the large.. racky looking object in the distance... not yet anyway.


Drilled holes to run the wiring.


What do we have under here?


Meh. It's better looking than the chip and we still haven't sanded it out.


Of course I forgot to get picks of it... Working late fails me more often than not. Well then shots of that later for you I suppose.


Moving on.... 4.25 inch hole saw!
I don't know why but the anticipation of getting this thing has been driving me nuts.
Thanks to my friend Mike I was able to save $25 on a nice pin locking chuck but couldn't find a soul that had a big enough saw.
Uggg... $40 at the Depot.. No way! $20 at Lowes was reasonable enough compared.


Lets play Spot the Screw UP! Those of you with a good eye have already noticed.
15mm spacing layout sheets care of mnpctech.com.
Spot it yet? I can't believe I did it.. just barely caught it before it was to late.
On the layout sheets there is a dotted line representative of the outside of the fan shroud. Instead of measuring spacing between the holes and taping the sheets together accordingly I lined up the dotted lines....


Derp....


Like I said... just barely caught it.
At this point I would usually pull it and just remake the piece. This is the side that the radiator will be on so I'm hoping it'll work out and not be obvious with a grill on it.
So I shoved a pencil (my 10year old donated a "girly one" he got for valentines day lol) in the hole to keep the center bit in the new hole from tracking back over and making this more ugly than it already is.


To keep the hole saw from blowing out the back side you want to cut from both directions but I didn't want to remove the keyboard tray again to make room for the drill.
So just by hand feeding a few rotations with the hole saw we'll avoid both.




Hand drilling pine is drifty business.
You can see the screw holes are all out of whack. We'll just drill the holes a couple sizes larger so everything will line up well.




Looking into the keyboard area.
I still need to figure out what I'll do to cover the space between the keyboard tray and the wire management space under the lip of the lower lid.


Looking good overall no?


See.. barely visible through the glass. It will be just fine with a radiator and grill on it.


More monitor mounting next time!
Edited by sprower - 4/18/11 at 2:32pm
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