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My "other" hobby is modifying or building custom computers/computer cases. I frequently combine the two (computers and my woodworking). This is the latest project I've completed recently. The case is made out of birch plywood and poplar square dowels.

The wood veneer is Red Oak veneer on the base, and Quilted Sapele for the rest of it.

The finish I used was Red Mahogany Danish Oil wiped on the Sapele, and Espresso stain on the Oak. Then I did a few coats of shellac, sanding between coats, and then sanded to 1000 grit, and buffed with paste wax.

In case anyone is interested in the process, there's some more pictures to follow. Thanks for checking it out!

It all started with just a few pieces…




Building out the main chassis first


After that I built the box for the bottom pedestal (also has some USB and audio ports built in)




(I did eventually cut a hole in the top to match the hole in the bottom of the other part)


I made some holes in the cover plate so I could run wires under it. It kept things really neat and tidy


More plywood, square dowel, and glue for the top, side, and front pieces. It slides into place, and has a few dowels that hold it in place, but friction keeps it on.


This is what it looked like before the veneer was added


I used hot hide glue to apply the veneer (hammer veneering being the technique I used). This allowed me to come back and remove the pieces of veneer for the brushed aluminum strips


Here's a video of the process for removing the strips of veneer for the aluminum

I painted the insides black before I applied veneer. Then it was just down to the install




I had put some white LEDs on the inside of the cover, that get connected to the computers power supply before installing the cover. They light up the inside, and can be controlled through software


Once again, thanks for checking it out! If anyone is interested, I have a more complete build log here:
http://themodzoo.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1707-mini-watercooled-htpc-mosquito-updated-7th-nov-2014-final-pictures-in-the-sun/

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Wow, Now that is a sweet computer case…. Love the color combo, most impressive is how you staged your photos and got all those leaves just right….
 

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Awesome, Mos! I read through the build thread on the modding site and didn't understand much of it. Probably what those guys would feel like over here. :p

Love the build, a great piece of high-tech functional art.
 

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that is a sweet computer, fantastic mod!
 

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Cool build, Mos. I like that you've combined your passions. You're the Captain Planet of hobbies.
 

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Question: Computer warm up, is there any chance of the computer's heat delaminating the veneer?
 

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I don't see a floppy disc drive anywhere.
 

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You'll get rich pretty quick if you start making those cases for sale.

Very impressive!
 

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Thanks guys!

Question: Computer warm up, is there any chance of the computer s heat delaminating the veneer?

- ToddJB
Hasn't been an issue yet on the other 2 I've done with veneer. It shouldn't be an issue, I'd have other issues with the computer for it to get that warm. The hide glue also needs moisture to be reactivated once it's cured, so it'd have to be warm, and leaking, and probably for a while, as it'd have to get through the plywood first.

I don t see a floppy disc drive anywhere.

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Ha!

You ll get rich pretty quick if you start making those cases for sale.

Very impressive!

- yuridichesky
If I was making them for paying customers, I also wouldn't have the problem of running out of places to use them lol I've now got a computer hooked up to every TV in the house (3), one in my shop with built in speakers and monitor for music and stuff, my main desktop, a file server, and 3 that just sit on a shelf and look cool
 

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Nice job Mos. the veneer looks fantastic.
 

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Thanks Dan!

did a mod once…would love to see others. Mine looks like this:


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That is sweet, I like the low shell with the power supply and CPU heatsink sticking out.
All my projects (except this one isn't added yet) are here: http://www.TheModsquito.com. I'm very active (a Staff Writer/Reviewer/Video Content Provider) at http://www.TheModZoo.com, which is a community all around computer modding, lots of great projects in the forums
 

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Mahogany stained with watered down india ink and sanded down to create the patina. There is no bottom, everything is bolted to the top which makes it fun to open. The power switch is in an old pocket watch case, the three valves (tubes) came from one of my old amps and have amber LEDs glued to their bottoms and are wired to the disk activity indicators. I got most of the wood from old sewing machine cases. The top has three vents of brass screen inside some "gothic" pendant things I got off Ebay. the power supply is caged in the same brass screen and hit from a distance with flat black stove paint..still some brass showing through. I like it.

Yours is cool, very high tech and sleek. I should try the veneering thing. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Your video makes me want to.

I don't really do mods…just wanted a computer in my living space that didn't look like one. I like amps, amps are cool. If you like computer mods, check out some of the amazing valve maps out there.
 

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Beautiful work Mos.

Always a blast seeing where your talents bring you. Thanks for taking us along.
 

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I don t really do mods…just wanted a computer in my living space that didn t look like one. I like amps, amps are cool. If you like computer mods, check out some of the amazing valve maps out there.

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That's how I started out too… I wanted a computer for my entertainment center that looked like an old radio… next thing you know I'm doing all kinds of case mods and scratch builds, and into woodworking too (my first 2 projects were both wooden computer cases). I love old vacuum tube amps, they look really awesome. Someday I'll probably end up making a computer that looks like a valve amp lol
Beautiful work Mos.

Always a blast seeing where your talents bring you. Thanks for taking us along.

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Whoa dude, that s awesome.

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Thanks guys!
 

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Wow, that is quite the custom wood case. I really love the design and execution. I built a wood case as my very first woodworking project outside of middle school, and it's still holding up today. Someday I'll follow suit and build a fancy new case like yours here.
 

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Careful, next thing you know, you'll have computer cases that you've made that just sit on the shelf lol
 

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SWEET! Nice Job!
 
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