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Project by Tinnocker posted 02-14-2011 01:56 PM 1434 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to fixing my old computer. It is cobbled together from parts of other old computers that have been floating around the house, shed and attic. I also modifid the counter top so that I can use it as a desk. It slidesa away when not in use. I wanted to be able to slide the keyboard and mouse away too but with the drawers and doors it would have taken much more brain power and thought than I had available to me at the time. So this was my compromise. It still works well and allows me to keep my legs in front of me instead of splayed out side to side like a Wye branch (Warning! Tinnocker term!)
I loaded Google Sketchup and hooked it up to our home WIFI network and now I’m ready to go! What I have been doing in the past is making a plan on the PC in my office and if I didn’t want to print it out I would have to run back and forth (about 30 feet and up and down some stairs!) between the shop and my office to double check dimensions or whatever (several times a project due to my tired old brain, or senior moments! Although I shouldn’t complain, it’s the only exercise I get). Now if I draw something in the office I can save it on both computers at the same time! Yee-Hawww! Now for my first project! A man cave sign I made to use as a demo at craft shows. I am trying to create an inventory of items to sell at the local shows to hopefully supplement my woefully low SSD and tiny, minuscule, almost nonexistent pension (You would think that after 28 years as a Union Sheet Metal Worker that it would be more!) (That’s another story entirely!)
Sorry, I tend to be verbastic. I use too many words to describe a small subject!
Thanks for looking,
Ted
PS: The guy on the screen of my PC is Steve Good, The Scroll Saw Workshop,(http://tinyurl.com/4fbjek5) the creator of the Man Cave pattern and many other patterns I use. I love this guy! (Not in a romantic way, Heh heh)

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!





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steliart

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 02:57 PM

SHOP ANATOMY:
They say the heart of a workshop is the table saw, then the lungs mast be the dust collector, and the shop’s brains the PC :-)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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NH_Hermit

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 03:11 PM

I curious to hear how your PC reacts to the dust. I’m thinking about setting up an old one of mine so I can get internet music.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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Tinnocker

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 03:27 PM

Steliart, sometimes the PC is the only brain in the shop! Heh heh.
John I am very glad you said that, now I’m going to have to make an dust free enclosure for the tower. I am already thinking about making a Plexiglas cover for the keyboard and mouse, or maybe coaxing my daughter to sew a cover for them out of material.
The location for the PC is close to the crawlspace, I think I can make a Plexi cover and duct it to the space under the house. An extra plus side is that it is cool even in the Summer under there so the PC will run cool all the time.
Thanks for the comments guys!
Ted

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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whit

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 04:05 PM

Tinnocker,

I agree with you about having the PC in the shop. My office is only on the other side of the wall and I’m beginning to wear a smooth path on the concrete from the number of trips I make. But, like Betty White said in an interview, that’s how I get my exercise – a 2 story house and a bad memory. ;)

You might want to make a cover or filter soon. You’d be surprised how quickly a PC can pick up dust. I work in an IT department in an electronics manufactuing company. Some of the PCs the techs work on look like they have a blanket on them The dust is in layers like it’s already been carded and ready for weaving. And this is in an office environment which we ALL know is SO much cleaner than a SHOP. Yeah, riiiight!!!

If nothing else, drop an AC filter in front of the inlet till you get something in place. And clever mod on the countertop.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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Cozmo35

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 07:46 PM

Is that Steve Good on your screen? Hey you have a really nice ste-up there.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Slice

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 04:55 AM

Hey Ted they have clear plastic keyboard covers to protect them. The clear plastic to go around the PC will work fine with a filter and maybe a small fan. Good Luck

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Tinnocker

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 05:58 AM

Hey Cozmo35 yes it is Steve Good, I love the scroll saw patterns he posts. His web site is top notch.
Hi Slice, I just ordered a keyboard skin and I’ll be picking up some plexi to build a box or the tower. I’ll probably put a fan and a filter in it as well. Good advice!
Hey Whit I love that quote from Betty White, How else do you think I keep my girlish figure?

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ http://www.twhgrafx.com/blog/ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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NH_Hermit

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 03:17 PM

I’m wondering about over heating of the processor with a dust free enclosure in my workshop, but not too concerned about the keyboard. I like your idea of a fan.

Anyone else have experience with this issue?

-- John from Horse Shoe

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