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Project by Jim posted 08-12-2015 05:59 PM 1751 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mixing my Geek & Woodworker selves:

I requested (and received) a Raspberry Pi 2 for my birthday this year from my sister-in-law. She had no idea what it was so I just sent a link from Amazon. I’ve been wanting to build a new Home Theater PC (htpc) and the R-Pi2 works perfectly. If you’re not familiar with the R-Pi, it’s a very small computer (about 1” x 2” x 4”) and uses very little power and generates very little heat. But, it’ll still display full 1080p video via hdmi to your TV.

So, the wood parts: I decided I didn’t what a tech look and more of a jewelry box style. The box is birdseye maple veneer with walnut legs and top (and walnut burl veneer panel). I added a small slot in front to expose the IR keyboard/mouse usb receivers and a slot in the bottom to feed in network, power & hdmi cables. I stained the openings black with a sharpie. I also added one small round opening in the bottom and attached a very small 3.5v fan to move a little hot air out while the htpc is operating. The R-Pi & fan make almost no sound. With the TV on low volume, you can’t hear a thing.

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 08-12-2015 08:39 PM

That’s a great looking case. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 08-13-2015 02:59 AM

Howdy Jim,

I like function quite a bit. I’ve got to really hand it to you for the beautiful work and wood choices.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Ken Dowswell

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#3 posted 08-13-2015 12:21 PM

Very nice, good work

-- Ken in Niagara Falls

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JAY Made

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#4 posted 08-13-2015 12:23 PM

Very nice! What GUI do you use for your HTPC?

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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Jim

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#5 posted 08-13-2015 02:13 PM

I tried XBMC (RaspBMC) to begin with but for some reason I couldn’t get the network configured correctly (either wireless or direct). I then tried OpenElec and it worked first shot, no issues. I tried wireless first but returned to wired networking and I found wired was much faster and more stable.

I can connect to my NAS (music & movies), YouTube, NetFlicks, etc. The Logitech keyboard & mouse & Sony Bravia TV all connect fine.

BTW, I took the pictures with my phone so I’ll take some better pics with my DSLR and post soon.


Very nice! What GUI do you use for your HTPC?

- JAY Made


-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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jase

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#6 posted 08-13-2015 02:27 PM

That maple veneer is BEAUTIFUL. Really nice piece.

-- 'If you got any, you got plenty'

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JAY Made

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#7 posted 08-13-2015 05:04 PM

I have been using Media Portal.


I tried XBMC (RaspBMC) to begin with but for some reason I couldn t get the network configured correctly (either wireless or direct). I then tried OpenElec and it worked first shot, no issues. I tried wireless first but returned to wired networking and I found wired was much faster and more stable.

I can connect to my NAS (music & movies), YouTube, NetFlicks, etc. The Logitech keyboard & mouse & Sony Bravia TV all connect fine.

BTW, I took the pictures with my phone so I ll take some better pics with my DSLR and post soon.

Very nice! What GUI do you use for your HTPC?

- JAY Made

- Jim


-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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Tim

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#8 posted 08-13-2015 05:09 PM

Very nicely done, I love the jewelry box concept. I’ve been thinking I should make or get an HTPC.

Couple questions for you. What enclosure is the Rpi in and do you think you would still need a fan if the box were vented a lot?

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kuelblaz

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#9 posted 08-13-2015 09:28 PM

Beautiful work … an inspiration for my own box

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