I messed up the wood drying. I thought the tub of desiccant was silica gel, so I put it side way. It turns out it is salt, and putting it side way would make it spill salt water into the wood.
But even then, it collected half a mug worth of brown water. I’m not sure why the water was brown. It also smelled sweet, not like maple syrup, but sweet like syrup.
One of the side piece is now soaked in salt and unusable.
Not a big deal though, because I kind of changed my plan. I thought an all wood look might look a tad too old fashioned for my taste. So I’m going for a 2 toned look. I happen to have some gloss black high pressure laminate. I think it would make a good contrast with wood.
I have some left over plywood, I will be using them to make the outer frame. They weren’t screwed in, I merely placed the components in the respective places so I can picture them better.
The bottom of the case has some protrusions, I have to route out some of the wood so that the left panel would rest flat. As you can see I just freehanded it, I have little inclination for finesse under the hood.
Front panel drilled and covered in laminate.
The back side of the front panel, again little finesse in there. Personally I am a fan of wedging fans by friction instead of screwing them.
The sides were screwed in and then covered in laminate.
The outer frame screwed in. Now it is borderline usable, the rest are mostly cosmetics.
I have no idea how to mount the disk drives yet, I’ll worry about that when I get there.
After this will be the top and the front cover. They will be covered I solid wood. I have the option of using the prettier but wet elm or the paulownia.