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Arts & Craft Wood Computer Case #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by htl posted 05-16-2015 11:20 PM 1410 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Arts & Craft Wood Computer Case series Part 2: Finishing it up »

Timber4fun here on LumberJocks has built a beautiful Arts & Crafts era lamp that I just fell in love with.
So not to copy but try something a little different I will use his style but put a computer in it.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/93681

I scrounged 6 oak drawer fronts 6”x14”and this will be the main building blocks for this build.
Just to wet your apatite here’s where I’m at right now with one of Timber4funs pictures that I went by.

I had been thinking about this project for a couple a days and went in the shop to just play around with some shapes for the legs.
Timber4fun put just the tiniest bet of curve in the legs, I almost missed it.
I just happened to put a ruler up to it and found that the bottom is like 2” and the top is 1 3/4 with the slightest of a curve on the out side edge.
My project is for a computer with just the minimal of computer parts in it, mother board, ssd, and power supply.
A remote power switch hot swap hard drive bay and dvd will be put in another incloser at a later date.
Trying to keep it as small as possible.
This is a full computer not one of those lap top minis.
Now when I give any measurements it’s from a blown up picture of his build so any measurements are surely different.
I got carried away and had the front glued up before I took any pictures.
I hate when I do this cause I should do a lot more sanding of parts.
After I started taking pictures I got to sanding like a good wood worker. LOL

I’m an old time cabinet maker so use dowels for most of my work.
Here’s a shot so you get an idea of the computer lay out.


Now I’m at the point where I need to start figuring out how I want the shelves for the mother board and power supply.

I thought about using 1/4” plastic or glue up wood slats but in the end I uses some extruded H plastic that I found to make some brackets.
I screwed the bracket to the power supply and then to the mother board.

Still need to make a top.
Have to come up with a face frame for the back to close it in.
Here’s where it will go when it’s done.

Thanks for viewing.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.



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htl

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#1 posted 05-16-2015 11:25 PM

Here are the full run of pictures from the build so far.
http://s1273.photobucket.com/user/heretolearn7/Airs%20Crafts%20Wood%20computer%20Case/story

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 12:18 AM

Make sure you are leaving enough room around the motherboard for fresh air to flow around it. I cant tell from the picture but if that power supply is exhausting air onto the mother board there is a good chance you will be shortening the life of it. Heat is the number one killer of PC’s.

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 12:26 AM

I was a desktop technician for many years and I have often thought about making a wooden computer case. Besides the aesthetic appeal I would expect a wooden case to be very good at controlling the level of sound it puts out. But being made of wood it will probably be terrible at dissipating heat.

Make sure you are leaving enough room around the motherboard for fresh air to flow around it. I cant tell from the picture but if that power supply is exhausting air onto the mother board and if it is there is a good chance you will be shortening the life of it. Heat is the number one killer of PC’s.

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 12:31 AM

That’s the air intake but I’m going to turn it over and let it suck off the bottom, I will be leaving the bottom back open for more air but it will still suck a little all around the power supply to suck the hot air from under the mother board.
Thank for posting.

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 12:47 AM

May be adding stain glass windows on the three sides and if i do will be adding a fan in the back to suck the heat out.
May all so add louvers to the top.
I’ve been building computers since DOS 5 so have a little understanding about heat.
I’m still in the planning stages for the computer just built the case in the last 3 days and have a lot to figure before it’s set in concrete. lol
But thanks things can sneak up on you that you can’t for see.

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 12:58 AM

Here’s a couple of my really computer builds.
Hackintash
http://www.tonymacx86.com/powermac-g5/79323-g5-mod-something-just-little-different.html

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#7 posted 05-20-2015 12:25 AM

I guess I should have put this as a part two but still learning the site.

Well I got a little more done.
Just gluing up the top and will figure it out tomorrow.

I can’t believe it but it took me a whole day to figure out what I wanted to do for the back.
Needs to be able to come off so I could get to the mother board.
If I knew I was going to stay with the stock cooler my job would have been a lot easier.
Well here’s what I ended up with.

I had to use a little Home Depot oak I had left over from another project for the back, it is SO plain compared to the drawer front oak I used on the rest of the project.
I cut up 3 more scrap oak drawer fronts to make the top.
I could have easily used two but had to cut out the holes for the handles, one positive with cutting them up I will have some great trim for something in the future. B)
They were really nice was hoping I could find something else but I guess this will help get the shop cleared out. :(

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I should note that the power supply will get most of it’s air from the bottom of the case but the case is open at the back of the power supply so it will be sucking some air from under the mother board.
Will do some testing after it’s all together to see if I need to add a fan in the back.
That’s why I closed in the back at the top.
Also have thought of maybe stain glass for the windows, and if I do that will definitely need to add the fan and put some louvers or something to the top.

I just love this style!!!
Thanks for putting up with my long posts. :s

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