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Project by Mosquito posted 11-07-2014 06:37 PM 3510 views 13 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP0uNd5wfek

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:
http://themodzoo.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1707-mini-watercooled-htpc-mosquito-updated-7th-nov-2014-final-pictures-in-the-sun/

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 06:42 PM

Very nice looking case.

-- Chris K

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Mosquito

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 06:46 PM

Thanks Chris!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 07:14 PM

Wow, Now that is a sweet computer case…. Love the color combo, most impressive is how you staged your photos and got all those leaves just right….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 07:22 PM

Awesome, Mos! I read through the build thread on the modding site and didn’t understand much of it. Probably what those guys would feel like over here. :-P

Love the build, a great piece of high-tech functional art.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 07:25 PM

that is a sweet computer, fantastic mod!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 11-07-2014 07:36 PM

Cool build, Mos. I like that you’ve combined your passions. You’re the Captain Planet of hobbies.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#7 posted 11-07-2014 07:40 PM

Question: Computer warm up, is there any chance of the computer’s heat delaminating the veneer?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 11-07-2014 07:43 PM

I don’t see a floppy disc drive anywhere.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#9 posted 11-07-2014 07:56 PM

You’ll get rich pretty quick if you start making those cases for sale.

Very impressive!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#10 posted 11-07-2014 08:50 PM

Thanks guys!


Question: Computer warm up, is there any chance of the computer s heat delaminating the veneer?

- ToddJB

Hasn’t been an issue yet on the other 2 I’ve done with veneer. It shouldn’t be an issue, I’d have other issues with the computer for it to get that warm. The hide glue also needs moisture to be reactivated once it’s cured, so it’d have to be warm, and leaking, and probably for a while, as it’d have to get through the plywood first.


I don t see a floppy disc drive anywhere.

- jmartel


Ha!


You ll get rich pretty quick if you start making those cases for sale.

Very impressive!

- yuridichesky

If I was making them for paying customers, I also wouldn’t have the problem of running out of places to use them lol I’ve now got a computer hooked up to every TV in the house (3), one in my shop with built in speakers and monitor for music and stuff, my main desktop, a file server, and 3 that just sit on a shelf and look cool

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#11 posted 11-07-2014 09:06 PM

did a mod once…would love to see others. Mine looks like this:

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#12 posted 11-07-2014 09:17 PM

Nice job Mos. the veneer looks fantastic.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 11-07-2014 09:43 PM

Thanks Dan!


did a mod once…would love to see others. Mine looks like this:

- ex-member

That is sweet, I like the low shell with the power supply and CPU heatsink sticking out.
All my projects (except this one isn’t added yet) are here: http://www.TheModsquito.com. I’m very active (a Staff Writer/Reviewer/Video Content Provider) at http://www.TheModZoo.com, which is a community all around computer modding, lots of great projects in the forums

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#14 posted 11-07-2014 09:54 PM

Mahogany stained with watered down india ink and sanded down to create the patina. There is no bottom, everything is bolted to the top which makes it fun to open. The power switch is in an old pocket watch case, the three valves (tubes) came from one of my old amps and have amber LEDs glued to their bottoms and are wired to the disk activity indicators. I got most of the wood from old sewing machine cases. The top has three vents of brass screen inside some “gothic” pendant things I got off Ebay. the power supply is caged in the same brass screen and hit from a distance with flat black stove paint..still some brass showing through. I like it.

Yours is cool, very high tech and sleek. I should try the veneering thing. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Your video makes me want to.

I don’t really do mods…just wanted a computer in my living space that didn’t look like one. I like amps, amps are cool. If you like computer mods, check out some of the amazing valve maps out there.

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#15 posted 11-07-2014 10:42 PM

Beautiful work Mos.

Always a blast seeing where your talents bring you. Thanks for taking us along.

-- ~Tony

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