Scratch built wood computer case

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Project by htl posted 03-25-2015 10:25 AM 2415 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first project on here.
I just finished this.
I was going to use a metal mother board tray but had an extra plastic case laying around so went with that to be a little different.
It has an oak frame with an oak and walnut cutting board style front.
I’m old school so used dowels to hold the frame together.
One advantage is I could easily take it back apart when I needed to figure something out.
One thing you will notice is that the back of the mother board faces down.
I wanted to be able to run the cords down and under the frame and out the back.
This is so the cords can go behind the shelf to the lower section where I will be putting the dvd, swap drive,4 no switches and mem card reader.

I cut up a old plastic case to be used as the mother board and power supply tray.
This way I could take it out work on it and replace.

Here I’m cutting down the case on the table saw.

Once I had the tray finished I had the measurments I needed I could start the frame.

Here I’m figuring out what I want for the front, to this point I had no idea.

I used my table saw fence as a stop block for the miter saw.

After I had the front glued up and was sanding on it, it hit me this would make a great cutting board. lol

Time to glue the frame and front together, Point of no return!

Then it’s time to figure out the top, all I knew at this pint was it would have a fan on the top.

The last slat for the top didn’t fit was 1/8 to big in front and 1/4 in the back.
Sliding table saw tray and a little jig to the rescue.

Much sanding later Glue on the top parts and figure out what to do with the sides.
The power supply side isn’t much to look at so for now just plywood may go back later it’s just tacked on and add some thing for more air and looks we’ll see whats needed.
The other side has the best view of the mother board and all so put a window here.

Now sand and more sanding to get it right, put a hand rubbed finish, still needs a couple more coats but wanted to get it together and make sure ever thing is ok before I really get down to work on the looks.

And there she is up and running.

I’m retired so I have the time.
I put one week from start to finish and being it was made out of scrap lumber I’ve got maybe $15 in glue finish and sand paper.
I love computers and wood working, put the two together and I had a blast building and now using my new toy.
Hope you enjoyed my first post here.

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#1 posted 03-25-2015 11:39 AM

Realized you have a hackintosh…

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 11:44 AM

I always wanted to do that
But i am not good with electronics
So I did

I just put the computer in a box

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#3 posted 03-25-2015 01:53 PM

macdo I didn’t say anything about a hackintosh, didn’t know how it would be viewed here.
Forgot I added that last picture that tells on me. lol

Shuja there are quite a few beautiful cases on the net done like yours.

The wheels is the hot ticket for getting it around.
Nicely done.
Thanks for looking and the comments, love to hear what others are doing.

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 11:43 PM

O! macdo
I really have two Hacks.
Here’s a shot of there this computer came from.

And here’s my build if your in to modding.

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#5 posted 08-19-2016 11:27 AM

I think this is great. Geeks build computers, woodworkers build computer cases for their computer parts. Looks great and I could see myself building one of these in the future as I need to upgrade soon.

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