Spagnuolo and Greensabbath Inspired Computer Case

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Project by stinker posted 11-02-2010 02:59 AM 3058 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We recently mounted a projector in one of our conference rooms and my principal didn’t really want a computer just sitting in the corner. I mentioned that I had seen computer cases made to look like furniture and he agreed that we should have something to hide the computer. I had remembered seeing Greensabbath’s computer case a while back and I like the Shoji Curtain look. I had also previously attempted to make a mirror similar to the one featured on the Wood Whisperer. I thought the two looks went well together and combined elements from each to make this computer case. The frame and top are oak, panels are birch and the slats, top inlay and square plugs are all walnut. I didn’t take a good shot of the completed sides but the DVD Rom and power button are located on the side. I intend to add a little color to the dvd drive to blend it with the rest of the case. The side panels sit in a 1/4” dado and the top rests on 4 steel pins so I can still pop the top off to access the components. I think the other folks at school were more impressed with the fact that the power button was made of wood (turned a birch button on the lathe) than they were with the case itself. That and the fact that it wasn’t a wooden box with a computer in it….the wooden box is the computer.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 04:03 AM

This is a great looking project,the mirror is a great piece as well. I really like the Asian themed look. It makes the computer much less of an eyesore,nice work !!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 06:56 AM

super work this turned out so very well.


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#3 posted 11-02-2010 11:51 AM

gosh that is nice to take a modern eyesore and turn it into a thing of beauty

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 10:48 PM

Looks gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to do something like that. I’d love to see pictures of the internal parts to see how they are assembled.

-- We are all just one moment of arrogance away from disaster

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 04:50 AM

Nice work. It’s a awesome case. I agree with L3Woodworks it would be nice to see more of how it was constructed.

-- Russ

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 04:54 AM


-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 04:58 AM

If i can remember to take my camera to work tomorrow I’ll get some more pictures.

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 07:04 AM

Great Job! I like the pins that attach the top. I think they give the top a much lighter look than direct attachment. I really like the walnut accents (the thin darker strips that look like lattice work). How did you apply those? Are they glued on the surface, or perhaps inlaid proud of the surface or what? They really give the piece interest, and a bit of an Asian flair.

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 06:00 AM

I’ve added some pictures showing the placement of the components inside the case. The strips on the sides are surface glued.

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#10 posted 05-26-2011 06:03 AM

How has this worked out from a heat perspective? I can’t see any vents…

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#11 posted 05-27-2011 03:10 PM

It hasn’t been an issue. We pretty much leave this computer running all the time. The processor fan vents out the back and the top actually sets about 1/2” above the case on the metal pins at the corners so there’s room for it breath.

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#12 posted 06-18-2011 09:00 AM

Very nice project. It has me thinking now. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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