Dancing Iridescence - Computer Case Mod

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Project by Mosquito posted 126 days ago 1652 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so it may not be 100% wooden, but the front was a solid slab of curly maple, so I think it qualifies?

A friend of mine who did this sort of thing professionally (and now mostly sells case mod supplies) did a 3-part video series on this case.
Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

This is what the case looked like originally:

Then I started with a slab of curly maple, and started hackin’ it up by hand

Made it so the original front frame could be used still

Drilled screw holes and marked out the recess for the window

Coping saw + 2-3/8” of hard curly maple = not much fun

Little bit of cleanup

Then I finished it with 4 coats of shellac. First two were sanding sealer with some vintage maple trans-ting dye, stronger mix on the first, and lighter on the second, then 2 coats of regular clear shellac on top, and buffed with paste wax.

For the side panels, I used a grinder on some steel panels I cut out, then we sprayed it with some kandy paint, and it has a sweet effect with light

A lot more pictures can be found here

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#1 posted 126 days ago

Wicked cool, Mos!

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#2 posted 126 days ago

What can I say except, wow. What a piece.

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#3 posted 126 days ago

Strong Stuff Mos, Really nice!

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 126 days ago

Awesome mod!

A friend of mine competes in the case mod at quakecon each year.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#5 posted 126 days ago

That’s a gorgeous case!

-- David

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#6 posted 126 days ago

Very cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 126 days ago

That is so cool, great work

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#8 posted 126 days ago

You are ridiculously talented Mos.

Nice job man.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 126 days ago

I agree that’s a really cool mix of hand tool use and modern electronics. Looks great.

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#10 posted 126 days ago

baddest ass PC i’ve seen. is that the next big thing, pimping out PC’s and other tech stuff? if so, i love it.

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#11 posted 126 days ago

Thanks guys! It’s a lot of fun :-) Some of the other projects I have posted here, are the other wooden computer cases I’ve done. Also done up a few others. I do like making the mix of the two happen, though it makes an expensive hobby even more expensive lol

Jordan, does he share on any forums and stuff? I’m an admin and do reviews and stuff for

cbehnke, PC case modding has been around for a while. It actually isn’t quite as popular as it used to be, but it’s still quite prevelant. It’s lots of fun. I’ve been doing about 2-3 projects a year

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

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#13 posted 125 days ago

Thanks Dan :)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#14 posted 125 days ago

Making computer cases was a big reason for me to get into woodworking. Mosquito, that is one l33t case!!

I’ve modded cases in the past, the old school way: saws, plexiglas, lights, etc. But a couple of scratch made wooden cases really flipped my lid. I’m not far enough along to make one, yet, but the time is coming, the time is coming…

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#15 posted 125 days ago

Nice! My first woodworking project was actually my first scratch built computer case (retro HTPC). I’ve done a 4 wooden cases so far, and will keep doing more, as they’re a lot of fun.

I’ve done a handful of other non-wood case mods too. First mod was on an IBM PC-AT made in 1984… gutted and modified to fit modern hardware, but still look old. Did a fileserver with some hotswap bays an acrylic window, and some more fans. Latest non-wood mod I took an LCD monitor apart, and used just the panel so it was transparent, and made it into a side panel

Do you work on many? I’m very active on (I’m a staff/review writer, and admin). Great place to share mods and ideas :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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