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My wife’s laptop is no longer working happily, so she’s asked for a desktop. Well, I can’t leave well enough alone, so why would I build her one in a stock case (of which I have several laying around), when I could do another scratch build project?!

This case will be another wooden scratch build, as many of my projects are. I have some old cast iron pieces that will be incorporated into this project as well. It’s going to be built out using solid mahogany, and will be finished in a way to emulate a lifetime of use. I don’t really want it to look brand new, as the cast iron parts are not, and we like the look of them as they are.


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First things first, I decided to throw most of the hardware parts together to make sure it all works happy before I get too far.

The main idea behind this build is a cube style case, with one side to house an ATX power supply, and the hardware on the other side. I wanted to keep it as compact as I could. I ended up going with an ITX board, a 90 degree PCIe hard riser card, and a low profile GPU.

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I know I know, “Stock Intel cooler?!?!?”… Just running on air to make sure it all works. There will be a 200mm radiator once things get rolling.


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The Gigabyte Phoenix-WiFi motherboard has built-in orange LEDs on the underside of the motherboard.


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The hardware (motherboard + GPU) is about 9.5” (~241mm) in length, which is about perfect for what I’m hoping to do.


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The 200mm radiator is the perfect height to match the hardware.


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And what’s more, the cast iron grate my wife picked up at an antique store a while ago, is dead on the size of the radiator. That works out quite nicely.


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G.Skill Ares RAM 8GB 1600MHz kit goes superbly with the color scheme of the motherboard.


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The internal color scheme will be based around the orange, and I will be using orange tubing as well.


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Next thing up is to get started on the woodworking! A big piece of mahogany. 4/4 rough sawn, about 8’ long and 14” wide.


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Time to get started cutting it up. Next update will be prepping the main pieces of the case.




Thanks for checking it out! I look forward to this project quite a bit (and so does my wife, as she wanted it a month ago…)

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Right, so time to get thing’s kickin’.

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The rough cut board had a bad end when they crosscut it to length, so first things first; cut a nice clean square end and go from there.


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I could have used a panel saw (or power tools, for that matter), but I prefer my backsaws for cross grain work, at the bench. The board is wide enough, that the cut angle has to get shallow to get all the way across.


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Nice clean end. Now repeat 4 more times.


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The 5 main panels all cut to rough size. They’re almost cut to length, but all will require ripping to width.


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Using a handplane on the end grain always requires a bit more effort; let alone 3 boards at once.


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All 3 will be the same length once done, by clamping them all together and checking for square.


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Next up, I marked out the width on the pieces, and ripped them to width.


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Luckily although it’s a hardwood, mahogany actually works quite nicely with hand tools. It’s a bit rough on sharpened edges, but that’s why one learns to sharpen their tools themselves.


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Next up, a little edge planing to get the edge straight, and clean up the saw marks.


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On to planing the face of the board to take out the cupping in it; it was kind of bad. First diagonally across the board one way, and diagonally across the other way, then with the grain.


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This process makes quite the pile of shavings. For reference, this is only two boards so far.


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Due to the cupping in the boards, these ended up being just barely over 1/2" thick once done. If they had been flat, they would have been about 3/4" thick instead. Oh well, this gives me an extra half inch inside smile.gif




That’s all I’ve got for now. More work to be done to get the other 3 boards ready to go, then it’ll be time to get these things joined together.

Thanks for watching.


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