Just A-PC

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Project by Mosquito posted 07-01-2013 02:55 PM 2398 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just realized that I hadn’t posted this one yet…

This is a small HTPC that I built for fun. I’m currently not even using it, it just sits on a shelf and looks cool lol. But it does work. The computer is an APC Neo-ITX board, that runs a custom Android operating system. Runs on just 5v of power.

For the design, I wanted to do something different; something I hadn’t seen before in a computer case. Came up with this, and just sort of ran with it.

The body is made from 1/8” plywood, and some 1/4” square dowel. The vertical support is a 1 3/8” Oak dowel, and the base is cherry. Body was then veneered with mahogany. It was finished with shellac wiped on, paste wax applied with #0000 steel wool, and buffed with a cotton rag.

It was done 100% with hand tools :-)

A few more in progress shots:

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 02:57 PM

Sweet! Where’d you get the board? I take it doesn’t need a fan or anything?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 03:02 PM

Bought the board off newegg. I bought the board probably at least a year ago, or so. Project sort of stalled out for a while, and then I finished it a few months ago, but forgot to post it.

It’s basically as powerful as a cellphone (from a year ago) so it does not need a fan. It probably doesn’t even need the large amount of ventilation I put in the top, but it adds to the design I was going for

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 03:05 PM

Pretty cool!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 03:33 PM

Very nice. Such intricate work. Well done Mos. It looks great.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 03:33 PM

@Mos—I’m always impressed with your hand tool-only builds.

I’ll bite. What does HTPC stand for, and do I need to add it to the Acryonym Dictionary?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 03:42 PM

Thanks Mauricio and Tony. I just wish it was more useful lol The manufacturers that made the computer hardware have since quit supporting it. There haven’t been any updates to the software in a while, and as a result the usefulness is somewhat limited :-(. Still looks cool on the shelf though lol


Don, thanks, I like the all hand tool builds as well… means I can do it all in my apartment with out having to haul stuff to my parents’ place lol

In a woodworking forum, probably doesn’t need to be added lol But it’s ”Home Theater PC”. Basically a computer that’s used with the TV and/or Stereo system for watching movies, listening to music, streaming internet video, etc. I’ve built several of them, as I like to make them low power and small.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 04:05 PM

A “made with hand tools only” PC. Who would of thought? I’m impressed.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 04:30 PM

Very cool I like it lots…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 10:14 PM

I love it, the first wood case PC that I made overheated, this makes me want to try again.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 11:45 PM

Thanks Don :-) Two very different things going on there I guess lol

Thanks Dave :-)

Heh, exit116, I haven’t done a wooden computer with high powered hardware yet, but I may soon. So far they’ve all been low power, low heat systems… hopefully soon I can do another one :-D

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 12:25 AM

Excellent job. I love wooden computer cases (even built one myself a few years ago). Never heard of those miniature low-power motherboards before, I’ll have to look into it.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 07-02-2013 12:58 AM

The mini-ITX is not too new, but have been gaining in popularity and performance recently. I like them because they’re cheaper, and I don’t have to make a huge case to make sure I can keep everything cool. Thanks for checking it out, bobasaurus

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 01:17 AM

Very cool Mos. I’ll have to show this to my brother-in-law.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 01:27 AM

very cool

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#15 posted 07-02-2013 02:45 AM

Very nice, I have plans to build one kinda like this but with a raspberry Pi board

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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