PC Roll front cabinet - noise reduction

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Project by Sheisserick posted 07-16-2016 07:29 PM 1847 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate noise… like really really hate it!
My PC is getting older, and the fans are really getting on my nerves.
I tried cleaning, greasing and even replacing them, but it only helps temporarily.
I figured, if I can’t remove the sound, I can bloody well contain it.

I’m fascinated with furniture that have functions. Things that can move, fold, transform or just DO something.

I love the Festool Domino joiner. A bit pricey, but anyone will agree that love have never been cheap.

Testing how many, and how thick the mahogany can be, to run smooth in the grooves.
Tip: rub a little candlewax in the grooves.

One of these days… I will connect my dust extractor to the thicknessplaner… maybe?... yeah, one day…

I fastened the strips to some thick rubbery floorunderlay.
Tip: Use washers on the screws, as the wearing and tearing will eventually pull the screws through the rubber.

The bottom of the cabinet had to be placed, so the roll front could pass snuggly underneath it.

The sidepanel can be lifted out, to gain access to the PC if you need to tinker with something.

A short video of the smooth action (My first ever video on youtube).

Wood species: Oak and Mahogany

Joinery: Sexy Domino’s

Finish: 2 layers of furniture-lacquer, and candlewax for the grooves.

Measurements: 60×60x30 cm

Cost: 0$

I went to purchase some 70mm mahogany deck planks at “Stark”, but they had discontinued the type, after someone bought their entire stock. The salesman said I could have the display model if I wanted. 150×120 cm for free. Yay :-D

My only concern is the risk of overheating, but I tackle that problem if it arises.
Hey, at least now Im shielding it from the direct heat coming from my radiator.

In Denmark we call this sort of door a “Jealousy door”, and it took some time finding the proper English word for it. “Roll front”. Are there any other names for them?

Hope someone gets a little inspiration from this
Have a great summer


-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#1 posted 07-16-2016 08:14 PM

very ingenious project and well done!
I too would be concerned about overheating as that’s why there are fans but you could play with various levels of closing the unit up if the PC shuts down

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 08:37 PM

Thank you, There was quite a bit of planning and drawing, before making the very first cut.
The tricky part was making the opposite frame. It had to be wide enough to fit the curve I made in the solid tabletop, yet light enough to get full access to the PC.

About the heat: In the old days I used to keep my computer in the closet too, and it was never a problem. Of course things have changed since the Pentium 75 mhz days, but Im optimistic it wont be a problem.

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#3 posted 07-17-2016 07:52 PM

“Tambour Doors” Boyaka! Im saving that word here for my own future references :-D

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 03:15 PM

Design : it looks nice and great way to hide the pc when not is use.

Heat issue : Being a “Computer Guy” I would say having that with it all closed up its going to be an issue when running. Might not be right now but it will cause problems. Computers are designed to have air flow and by closing it in a box it will cause excessive heat and heat is a computers enemy.

Verdict : I would only close it when the computer is turned off to extend computer life.

Original Problem of Fan noise : If the fan are getting louder you can do two things to help.
one : Clean the dust from the fan (always good to prevent them from getting noise)
two : just replace the fan to eliminate the noise.

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