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So I never did shopA (woodworking), shopB(metalworking) at highschool. Mostly due to the teachers being 70y.o. ex-football players who wore stubbies and came to school smelling of beer. I preferred to charm of art, photography, and production (where all the girls were).

Yes so I mod fail, art win.

Hopefully I can make up for it though, So I'm trying to make a wooden case.
I made 2 end frames and they line up nice cause I used a saw thingy (the bright yellow bit of plastic) to get a 90 degree angle, and clamps to clamp up each piece so they were all the same length. Then used PVA glue and angle clamps to make sure they lined up and glued them together. Then nailed them with the clamps still on 2 40mm nails in each end.

I have some pine/plywood to use as sides. and some nice brass hinges. Getting a fretsaw to play around with. Or possibly doing an acrylic/wooden pC not sure yet.

I can't work out how to do the crossbeams though, these are my 4 options (i guess).
Let me know which would be better. I don't think the first will work but possibly the last one looks to me like it's probably the best bet.















Edited by gcampton - 4/17/11 at 6:23am
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I'd go for this one personally:




Edit:

Probably should've said why

good structure, ground clearance for air flow through the bottom and will be the easiest to attach a floor to imo
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Yeah, although I prefer the last one for RAD room on top, I think that 2nd one will be better as I'll have to put in cross beams for mobo support and hdd cage anyway. It's pretty wide, so I should be able to fit a rad in there like that... I think it was 220mm wide. So say each plank is 40mm, I might just have enough for 120mm RAD.

Alternately as a 5th option, I didn't show it before because I would have needed super long nails. I can have the beams flush with the bottom and top and get a steel bracket I can nail to the corner edge and the beam.

Dunno if Bunnings Warehouse (home depot like) sell them but this is what I had in mind.






Edited by gcampton - 4/17/11 at 7:50am
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...following this build with baited breath, as I'm trying a wood case too!

...with ref to the bracket issue, why not just cut out a full length floor panel, cut the corners out to correspond to your uprights, and use that to fix all your horizontal battens?!

Would love to see what you come up with for the rest of the build!!

ps.....MDF FTW!!
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Oh man, I could've made the most rockin wooden computer case..



To join the beams, pocket screws would be ideal. But you'd need that jig and some pocket screws to use them effectively. They are what you hold a face frame together with and also what I used to hold the legs onto my computer desk. Work awesome for that actually. Also, ply wood would look like crap for side panels, cause the sides and top all have the layers exposed.
Edited by The Master Chief - 4/17/11 at 8:04am
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...following this build with baited breath, as I'm trying a wood case too!

...with ref to the bracket issue, why not just cut out a full length floor panel, cut the corners out to correspond to your uprights, and use that to fix all your horizontal battens?!

Would love to see what you come up with for the rest of the build!!

ps.....MDF FTW!!
This isn't the work log, but I probably should have just added this to my work log.
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Also, ply wood would look like crap for side panels, cause the sides and top all have the layers exposed.
Not sure what you mean, it's going to be a case. As in a box.
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This isn't the work log, but I probably should have just added this to my work log.
Link to log in sig.



Not sure what you mean, it's going to be a case. As in a box.





If you think the layers look good then, I guess go for it...? but I think it just looks terrible.
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If you think the layers look good then, I guess go for it...? but I think it just looks terrible.
Ahh I gotcha, no they don't have layers... I'm not sure what the hell it is. They are in the pics down the bottom. I guess just pine sheets? Look at the last image in the first post. and expand it so you can see it large. Then look at the far right corner. It's 2 sheets sitting on top of one another.
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Ahh I gotcha, no they don't have layers... I'm not sure what the hell it is. They are in the pics down the bottom. I guess just pine sheets? Look at the last image in the first post. and expand it so you can see it large. Then look at the far right corner. It's 2 sheets sitting on top of one another.


Oh OH ohhh!


I gotcha now, I know what those are. Ok.
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good ol Aussie pine, we dont get dem fancy maple stuff.
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