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Project by Thumper posted 09-24-2010 03:05 PM 2101 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we built the addition to our house in NC, the intent was to have it serve as my wife’s art studio (upstairs) and a place for our exercise equipment and computers (downstairs). When it came to flooring for the addition, I went with purple heart, figuring that it could take a beating and still look good. Well as with all well thought out plans, we changed our minds about 50 times. We decided that the downstairs would become the library and dining room. That decision meant that all of our computer gear for networking was basically sitting on the floor (with the associated worm farm). I had another brain cramp and used some leftover purple heart flooring and eastern white pine to put together a cabinet that could be used to hide the equipment and match (hopefully) the existing decor.

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 03:09 PM

Nice little cabinet.

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 03:57 PM

that is just too good to look at floor! and the cabinet is a perfect match. gorgeous work.

As for the electronics: servers = heat. do you have anything incorporated into the cabinet to circulate the air? we usually installed temperature sensors with a controller to turn on fans that would take fresh air in and push the hot air out of such cabinets (usually from the side/top/back). in this case, it may not warrant anything- just curious.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 04:09 PM

Really nice. The rest of your place looks pretty special as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 04:37 PM

I have two 120v 140mm fans with one taking in air at the bottom and one exhausting at the top. Since they don’t draw much juice, I just leave them on full time. I also have a remote temperature probe that keeps me informed. So far max temp in the afternoon is about 79 to 80, so could probably get away with less air flow, but what the hey.

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 04:44 PM

cool! sounds like a good setup, and temp seems reasonable.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 04:59 PM


Doesn’t look like your brain was very cramped to me. And the equipment has plenty of room too!

Nice job. It really fits in well with its surroundings and does a great job of organizing and camoflauging (sp?) the equipment.

Keep up the good work and keep posting here at LJ!

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-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 05:09 PM

Nice Cabinet !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 05:55 PM

WOW, Purple Heart for the floor! I have never seen that before thats Killer! I love PH and use it alot on cuttung boards and other projects but floor huh? Got me thinking now for sure. Thx for the post, the stairs look great as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 07:25 PM

A nicely cabinet and a beautiful and original stairs

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 09:44 PM

very well designed cabinet :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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