Simple Oak Computer Tower Case With Windows

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Project by molybdenumbrian posted 04-21-2011 03:24 PM 7410 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple design oak and Plexiglas tower computer case. Thick inlays of walnut and curly maple. Power button is purple heart. Walnut inlay across back for strength. Brackets for light and power button made of walnut. Custom aluminum brackets for top down drive installation.

Holes made with multiple router gigs. All needed dimensions conform to actual ATX computer standard. Plexiglas drilled and tapped were needed.

Case is not normal width for aesthetic reasons. Will only fit a micro atx motherboard and low profile cards (nearly all ‘box store’ computers will fit). Grates in Plexiglas match up with power supply fan and cpu fan. Air flow goes from bottom to top over hard drives.

I designed this to be clean and simple. The clear see-through design, tall thin shape and lights are very appealing when seen in person. (I do tend to turn the light off after a while though).

I have seen a few other wooden cases, a couple much finer projects. Althou I didn’t see much of an issue in getting my holes placed within the wiggle room, I saw no other case that had well fitting back panel holes. Rather happy with that. Some issues have kept me from bothering to making a ‘finer woodworking’ case.

*Metal is not required for a case, but does dissipate heat better. Top and bottom fans more than compensate for this.

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 03:41 PM

Nice looking case. I love the attention to detail. Great job.

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 03:46 PM

Very elegant. Do you find that the wood & plexiglass help cutdown the noise from the fans?

-- Ian, Tennessee

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 04:12 PM

Love it & you have got me thinking. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 04:15 PM

I would love to build something like that.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 06:43 PM

Excellent work, I like how you moved the power supply closer to the ground. It seems like that would be a better place to maintain balance.

are the Plexiglas openings screened off at all to prevent larger particles from getting into the box?

-- "Delay is preferable to error." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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Paul Pomerleau

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#6 posted 04-21-2011 07:24 PM

Very nice !!
I love computers and woodworking, and you put the two of them together very elegantly.
Beautiful design.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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Greg Wurst

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 07:52 PM

Nicely done. Looks like you could slide it into a wooden bookcase and have it blend-in nicely. Very elegant.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 04-21-2011 11:05 PM

Screen filter: No screen/ filter provisions. Power supplies have a grill over their fan. The upper cpu grill is not completely bonehead / child safe, but computer fans don’t do anything more than give you a whack. Had ideas of attaching some Plexi on the inside to make a filter slot. Just didn’t come up with anything that was doable and worth doing for this one. A filter recess for bottom fan was in the works also. This was a bit of a market test project. Would research and get correct filter material and stainless screen (hardware cloth) if I was going make more.

[I was going to post a comment pointing out the lower power supply design for stability, glad you noticed that :)]

Fan noise: Can’t say material helps noise. Especially since the case is thin it needs the smaller fans (higher rpm to move a volume of air).


-Wood and solid screw or glue construction does eliminate possibility of buzz/hum/rattle of some metal cases.

-The way everything is set up should be better than a normal case, so lower rpm/’silent’ fans can be used.

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#9 posted 04-22-2011 12:43 AM

Been building PCs longer than woodworking.

My basement looks like a group of geeks left their stuff.

Via made some mini ITX boards that fit in a software box. Modded a lot of cases never did one outta wood.

Did an ice-blue aluminum frame and plexi even removed the metal on a PS and encased it in plexi.

Like the wood though.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 12:54 AM

Great project! Very well done.

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#11 posted 04-22-2011 12:59 AM


-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#12 posted 04-22-2011 01:10 AM

Did you put in all the electronics? If so how much would this cost?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#13 posted 04-22-2011 04:52 AM

hey Mike if ya need to get rid of some spare pc pats send them to me I am volunteering at a place that could put them to good use.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#14 posted 04-22-2011 05:15 PM

Very cool. I like it! Might have to do one of these well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 04-22-2011 11:57 PM

The computer parts in the picture are very old pentium 3 from some store bought computer. Notice no fan on cpu. It was the only ‘loose’ computer stuff I had at that moment. I should take new picture, DIY computer parts are a LOT nicer looking. All kinds of colors, LEDs and neat looking stuff.

You could save something like 20% over a bought computer for same thing. Maybe get better quality items. Get exactly what you want and nothing you don’t. But, if you end up buying Windows or other software that comes with the box store one, it might be same price.

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