|Project by Mosquito||posted 11-07-2014 06:37 PM||3803 views||13 times favorited||27 comments|
My “other” hobby is modifying or building custom computers/computer cases. I frequently combine the two (computers and my woodworking). This is the latest project I’ve completed recently. The case is made out of birch plywood and poplar square dowels.
The wood veneer is Red Oak veneer on the base, and Quilted Sapele for the rest of it.
The finish I used was Red Mahogany Danish Oil wiped on the Sapele, and Espresso stain on the Oak. Then I did a few coats of shellac, sanding between coats, and then sanded to 1000 grit, and buffed with paste wax.
In case anyone is interested in the process, there’s some more pictures to follow. Thanks for checking it out!
It all started with just a few pieces…
Building out the main chassis first
After that I built the box for the bottom pedestal (also has some USB and audio ports built in)
(I did eventually cut a hole in the top to match the hole in the bottom of the other part)
I made some holes in the cover plate so I could run wires under it. It kept things really neat and tidy
More plywood, square dowel, and glue for the top, side, and front pieces. It slides into place, and has a few dowels that hold it in place, but friction keeps it on.
This is what it looked like before the veneer was added
I used hot hide glue to apply the veneer (hammer veneering being the technique I used). This allowed me to come back and remove the pieces of veneer for the brushed aluminum strips
Here’s a video of the process for removing the strips of veneer for the aluminum
I painted the insides black before I applied veneer. Then it was just down to the install
I had put some white LEDs on the inside of the cover, that get connected to the computers power supply before installing the cover. They light up the inside, and can be controlled through software
Once again, thanks for checking it out! If anyone is interested, I have a more complete build log here: