Wooden Mini HTPC (Computer) Case #2: Vent Frames and Top Glued

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 05-08-2012 04:45 AM 3624 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Beginnings Part 2 of Wooden Mini HTPC (Computer) Case series Part 3: Veneer, Glued in Vent Frames, Stained, and Grain Popped »

Not a whole lot of progress after moving, and working on other projects, but I brought some stuff back to my apartment, and this was one of them… I’ve managed to finish cutting the pieces for the top vent frames, got the top cross braces glued in place, and am gluing the top to the rest of it:

Here’s a picture of the vent frames done, and in place (not glued in yet)

Top clamped in place, while gluing:

I had made a little bracket to hold the fan on it, mounted to the heatsink on the motherboard. It’s made of maple. I will likely re-make it out of aluminum eventually.

Slide out tray for the computer parts

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 03:05 PM

How sad is it that I’m 31 and I had to Google “HTPC” to understand the abbreviation? I grew up with computers and internet, and it seems like it’s already slipped well beyond my understanding.

Anyway, your build has a cool look so far.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 03:08 PM

Nice work so far. Be interested to see how it goes. I started to build myself one a few years ago but ended up with the easy route of an apple tv.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 03:12 PM

I kind of wish I could edit the title of the blog series to include “(Computer)” in the title… slight oversight on my part…

In my experience, it’s one of those things that you’ve got to be interested in to know, otherwise you’d have no reason to know/care I guess. Computer building has been a hobby of mine for the past 7 or 8 years, and this is my 3rd Home Theater PC. They’re fun, can be [should be] cheaper than a full blown desktop, and I have been growing especially fond of these little ones :-)

Thanks for the comments Brian andTexchappy, much appreciated :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 06:41 PM

How did you mount the motherboard to the wood?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 06:46 PM

First, I figured out how to change the blog series title :-D

Second, Dan, I just glued a few small pieces of 1/4” square dowel to the tray that slides in and out and then tapped them for the standard motherboard screws. I don’t anticipate uninstalling and installing frequently (and wouldn’t expect the lady friend to every try) so I’m not too worried about stripping it out.

You can sort of see this in the 5th picture down, but this one you can see two of them:

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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