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Hey guys, I've been seeing some scratch cases being built lately, and I've been particularly interested in Artikbot's "Wooden Cheese" build log. So I decided to make my own case, as i didn't really like any of the cases on the market, and I figured I could save a few bucks, using resources from my high school wood shop. I get all of the materials and tools free, which works out perfectly since I'm on a strict budget. So, I get to make something with the things I want in a case, and for free
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I've been working on this during my 2 study halls, and whatever time I can spend after school on this. Progress will be a bit slow after the case is actually built (Getting parts, watercooling, etc.)

One night after school I started to make it out of 1/2" plywood. I just started to wing it, going with random dimensions (22" L, 20" H, 10" W) and I realized the next day, half of the pieces I chose were warped. But, here is the mock up of how I want this case to be:


For the motherboard, I decided against having it screwed directly to the wood using standoffs, and instead I am using the motherboard tray from an old HP server, along with the back I/O Panel and PCI slots. These will be painted black. Here's the motherboard backplate, the only plywood piece.


As I couldn't find any plywood that looked in any way attractive, one of my shop teachers asked if I wanted to make it out of solid wood. I, of course, said yes, and he pointed to a pile of oak in the corner. None of the pieces were wide enough for my needs, so I decided to glue them together. Here are some pics from the last 2 days (today and yesterday) of getting the glue on and the pieces in the clamps.

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Today:

2 pieces done:



Gluing more:


Where I leave it for the night:


Like I said before, progress will be relaxed and maybe a bit slow later on as I don't have a job and I only have $350 saved so far. I do promise daily posts early on, as I work on it every day. Any feedback is welcome, and if someone could maybe come up with a name? I will be adding an index as well as pictures and progress starts to pile up. Thanks!

EDIT: Will be adding some Sketchup pics as well, once I finish them

*Adding specs as I go, these are all subject to change*
-GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P
-AMD FX-4300 Vishera
-ADATA XPG Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
-Sapphire 7850 1GB
-Corsair CX500

TO DO:

-Make cable management holes
-Fix routing problem on front piece
-Route out the back for I/O panel
-Make holes for fans and drive bays
-There'll be more eventually...
 

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Nice
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I am actually working on a wood case right now too. Excited to see how this turns out
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EDIT: Haha just realized you were already subbed on my thread
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Nice
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I am actually working on a wood case right now too. Excited to see how this turns out
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EDIT: Haha just realized you were already subbed on my thread
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You're thread is a big inspiration too. I can't wait to finish this thing either
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I'm going to plane the pieces that I've glued together tomorrow, then cut them down to size, and hopefully Dado a groove in the bottom piece for the motherboard to put into.
 

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It's looks like it'll be nice. And it seems like you will be making a lot faster progress. Between work and the family I have been having a hard time making time to work on it. I started almost a month ago, but the end is now in sight
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I'm impressed you are making it out of oak! It's gonna be wonderfully durable and pretty (not to mention heavy)
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It's looks like it'll be nice. And it seems like you will be making a lot faster progress. Between work and the family I have been having a hard time making time to work on it. I started almost a month ago, but the end is now in sight
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I'm impressed you are making it out of oak! It's gonna be wonderfully durable and pretty (not to mention heavy)
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Thanks! I have to juggle homework, and that's about it. And money is always a problem. Should be getting in some vital components soon
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I'm so glad I'm making it out of oak. I can't wait to see the the oak all glossy and shiny
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It's not going anywhere, so I don't care about weight
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Welll, so much for daily updates xD, wasn't able to get the card reader into my dad's computer until now, because my current rig is dead. But, I did get a lot of work done. Here are some pics:

All of the gluing done:




All planed down, and shiny
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One of the pieces being marked for cutting



All cut:



A quick mock with a power supply for an idea of how big this thing is



Now for the fancy stuff. I used a Dado to make all of these grooves where all the pieces fit into. Helluva tool
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The motherboard tray in its groove:




Groove in one of the panels:


Here's where I ended last night:



So, the motherboard tray sits in its groove, then the front and back have a groove on them that fits into the motherboard tray, and the base has a ledge cut so the front and back panels sit flush against the bottom. Quite proud of myself on that one
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That's all until Monday, Have a 2 hour delay today, so probably won't get much more done. If anyone wants to see more pics I was too lazy to upload, here's a link to my Photobucket Album: http://s1010.beta.photobucket.com/user/guitarkid4143/library/?

Thanks!
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........what PSU is that?
That is an old 300W unit from an HPL ML330 G3 Server. Just using it for size comparison.

On another note, UPDATES in a bit
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Gotta do some work to this current rig and I'll be golden.
 

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UPDATES!!!!!

Here's what I accomplished today:



I've always liked how the Prodigy and PowerMac/MacPro had the little stands on them, and I decided I wanted to do something like that with this. I needed a way to have the case not sit flat on it's belly, because the idea seemed silly and I needed a good amount of space for intake for the power supply. These are about 2.5 inches high if I remember correctly.
Here's a shot with the motherboard panel, front, and back panels on.




A shot of the front. I'll be making a piece tomorrow to fill the "gap" in its teeth



And one last shot until tomorrow.



Thanks!
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