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  1. DonInKansas

    DonInKansas

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    So my son was outside playing the other day, and was goofing around under our deck. He pulled out some scrap wood that has been sitting down there since who knows when. I took a look at a few of the pieces and wondered, "could I build a tech station out of that instead of putting out mucho dinero for a prebuilt one?" The answer will probably be no since I can count on one hand the stuff I've built from scratch in my life, but dammit I'm going to give it an effort. I also have an old beige case I may harvest parts from.

    This log will welcome any and all ideas from the community as I'm diving in blind and have minimal idea what I'm doing.:roll: Here's the pictures of the starting parts; The big piece of wood is 2'x3' roughly and the little one I think I'll be cutting the legs from.

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    Specs and ideas:

    Dual tiered; mobo on top.

    Dimensions: 14"x16.5"x
    Paint--Flat black.
    Height of tray/cardslot holder: 5.5 inches
    What parts to use from case?

    --3.5 drive bay
    --Possibly mobo tray

    Stuff I have:

    -Standoffs
    -Wood
    -Screws
    -Gorilla Glue
    -Dremel for metal part cutting/cleanup

    Stuff I need to buy:

    -Paint
    -Sandpaper
     
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    Don, Does your mobo have a power on switch? If not you'll want to stripping them from the case.

    So are you thinking of two tiers or all one level? I suggest a two tier setup w/mobo on top and room across the bottom for psu, hdd, dvd, ect. Def. Stain on the legs/exterior, paint may chip off or not handle the heat very well.

    Theres a few places to start, really need CyberDruid or MK to give realistic(creditable) advise.

    Toast to your project :toast:
     
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    Subbed, I'm looking forward to this :)
     
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    Not saying the wood wouldn't work, but you would probably be better off using sheets of acrylic. Little bit easier to drill and form. Also wouldn't have to stain /paint it.
     
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    What part of "low budget" did you not understand, JR? :roll: I've considered acrylic, but don't want to put out any significant amount of cash for this project. I live an hour from anyplace like a hardware/specialty store to get parts from, so I'm basically doing my best making do with what I have.

    The wood is 3/4 inches thick, so I'm not terribly worried about stability and whatnot.
     
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    Ahhhh ...

    That's the difference maker right there. You should be good to go then.

    Also, the parts you may want to de-rivet (is that a word?):

    -Mobo tray
    -Drive bays
    -Case speaker
    -Case switches

    and maybe cut out the psu bay.

    EDIT:

    I see this as an easy project, although it's going to take a little bit of time and a bit of drilling. If you need any help with this just PM me. :)
     
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    That's what I'm hoping. Thanks for the offer; I'd also like to keep a lot of the brainstorming here in posts as well for any other building noobs like me to draw ideas from.:toast:
     
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    after a bit of prep to the board to get it worthy of stain or paint, I still vote for flat black paint.

    1) can keep coating till you are happy
    2) fills in imperfections
    3) being a matte finish, it should show less snading marks, again imperfections.
    4) cuz it looks good? Plus it would be a nice backdrop for all the metal pieces.

    Only issue I see is getting the risers to stay put, wood isnt the best for fine threads. IF you have extras, put some superglue on the threads when you install em.

    lol.... measure twice, cut once, and dont let your son hold anything near the steps!;) :roll:
     
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    nice suggestion with the flat black!!!

    Maybe de-rivet the mobo tray and secure it to the wood.
     
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    I agree with completely dismantling the case and using everything possible to make life easy with the build. Just get a few drills for the rivots, unless you like to peel the rings off the bits.
     
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    I like the idea with the flat black. The wood's kinda.....crackly? with it having been out for a while and I don't think sanding will completely take that away. The black will flatten that out and hide it well I think.

    I think I'll go with the superglued standoffs as opposed to the mobo tray. This one's kinda ugly to be real honest.
     
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    paint it too...the expansion slots are a plus!
     
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    Looks like a nice cheap and easy enough project.
    Before you get ready to cut the boards sit down with a peice of paper and draw out how you think the layout for your parts and hardward should go.
    Then check the measurements of the pieces you will be useing from the old case to see if they will fit into your idea.
    That will save you alot of time and maybe a mistake when you go to cut and put it together.
     
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    Carpenter's Rule to live by ;)
     
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    I thought it was, GO HARD, OR, GO HOME... Wait, not in my high school wood class..

    Don, great idea for stuff that's just laying around. With the Flat black, you be able to have it looking good.

    :toast:
     
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    Had a few minutes to spare after the baby went down for a nap, so I started sniffing around in the case. The 3.5 bay was only held in by screws and tabs, so I did some farming.
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    A few minutes of wrench-powered steel bending got rid of the extra pieces. I'll need to drill some screw holes, but it'll work dandy.
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    I was looking around in the case and the expansion slots are separate from the mobo tray. It'll be possible to use either, or, or neither. We'll see how it comes along.
     
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    I have a similar case I am modding right now too
     
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    Nice metal work with a crescent wrench....BTW nice chicken, and Dokken rocks:rockout:
     
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    it looks quite large so you could cut it to size. One of the hard parts is drilling the holes in the right place for the stand offs and getting the I/O panel located correctly. That would resolve those probs
    excellent idea.

    Use the wood for the bottom, and front/back
     
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    /subscribed, ghetto ftw :D
     
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    More farming from the case.

    The case had feet:
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    Until I stole em; you just push the middles out and they pop out. Easy install with a hole in the wood I'll wager.

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    Drilled out the rivets and thieved the mobo tray and the back PCI card/IO panel:

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    The Mobo tray and back panel are separate pieces but have some grooves that fit them together. So I drilled some holes in the tray so they can be screwed together and become "one piece" when I'm done.

    Before:
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    After:
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    Looking good Don. Good idea for the screws.

    :toast:
     
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    Thanks for those picts, I always wanted to show how to dis assemble a case but never got around to taking the picts.
     

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