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Making something too... computer desk - literally
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:59:39 PM »
Been busy in the shed lately.

The initial concept.



Followed by a bit of precision woodworking.  ;)





Then on to some serious constructing. Had to sorta build down from the top with the whole think on it's head. Confused myself a few times as I was designing as I built.  ::) The CD drive is sitting there while I try and figure out where the heck to actually mount it. :D



This cradle holds the computer bits together inside the desk. It can be removed easily for repair / upgrade of the computer.



The desk frame that holds the PC cradle and desktop together.



With the cradle in place in the frame.



And with the desktop sitting in place.



Back panel has the normal computer connectors for screen, keyboard, mouse, USB and network.



Now it's been hauled into the spare room for finishing. Sheet of glass even fits in the cutout.





It should look about a million times better once I get some finish on the wood, but I have test run the PC and that boots. Need a few more lights to mount under the glass and a bit more wiring to complete once the timber is finished, but it's getting there.

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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2006, 10:02:58 PM »
Thats pretty neat. I may try that.
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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2006, 10:05:04 PM »
You guys amaze me.  I'de still be trying to figure out which end of the board to cut off.  :-\
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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2006, 10:31:22 PM »
That is another work of art. Now, the glass pane is for watching for any arcing on the mother board at night?  ::) ???

Or what?
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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2006, 10:56:15 PM »
 Nice work , Nice wood  8) 8) 8) 8) 8)   what kind is it .??
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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2006, 11:17:28 PM »
Ians outside setting up the mill and back and forth between the shed doing something equally as great as his last desk.  Even the roofer at the neighbours place is impressed with the mill.  Anyways back to the question
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Nice work , Nice wood         what kind is it .??
  judging from the smell I would say Macrocarpa - Ian will correct me if Im wrong im sure.  Anyways off to explore what hes up to now.

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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2006, 12:44:12 AM »
Lil does know more about wood than she lets on  ;)
It is macrocarpa (Monterrey) cypress.

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2006, 01:23:28 AM »
nice work...
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2006, 02:15:29 AM »
That is another work of art. Now, the glass pane is for watching for any arcing on the mother board at night?  ::) ???

Or what?

Inside of the case is lit up with glow-in-the-dark fans and I'm building some banks of coloured LEDs to illuminate the works under the glass  ;)
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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2006, 02:27:15 AM »
Awesome! I think you need to add a holographic monitor now.
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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2006, 05:22:16 AM »
Now just cut out all the holes for all the keys in a keyboard in the front table part and insert the keyboard in it...  ;) ... Hey!! I bet you can't build a wooden mouse......  ???

That is really nice work and a neat way to integrate the computer.
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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2006, 06:03:07 AM »
Ianab that is a really artwork congratulation I am quite impressed
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2006, 07:10:30 AM »
You guys amaze me.  I'de still be trying to figure out which end of the board to cut off.  :-\

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Quit fretting about which end to cut off.  You cut off both ends.  Iffn it is too short, you cut off both ends again until it's just right.  :D
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Re: Making something too... computer desk - literally
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2006, 05:40:35 AM »
It Lives  8)

Finally got the beast to the stage where it boots and looks sorta complete.
A bit of wiring / lights to finish yet, and attach the keyboard shelf... just those little pesky finishing touches.




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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2006, 08:26:49 AM »
Nice job.  Any pics of it lit up in the dark?  :)

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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2006, 08:54:24 AM »
Haven't got all the lights installed yet, but the main cooling fan is a fancy coloured one, so that giive you an idea of how it's going to look  ;)




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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2006, 08:57:54 AM »
now thats what I call a fine looking desk  8)
Ian what are you using for vents? or is the mother board in a cut down case set under the table.
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2006, 05:42:59 PM »
Really nice... ;)
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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2006, 05:51:14 PM »
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Ian what are you using for vents? or is the mother board in a cut down case set under the table.

The computer parts sit in a wooden cradle under the desktop. This has inlet vents near the middle, near the CPU and exhaust fans at each end that blow out the end of the enclosure and vent under the desk. I ran it for a couple of hours last night and the CPU and glass where still nice and cool, so I think I've got the airflow right.  :)

Hopefully you can see how it goes together from the construction pics up above.

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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2006, 12:26:53 AM »
I very nice blend of high and low tech with the natural edging and all.  Never thought I'd see a computer case made of wood, let alone a computer desk not made with mdf !!!  smiley_clapping well done Ian.
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