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Wood Case idea/doodle

Discussion in 'Cases, Modding & Electronics' started by Vario, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. Vario

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    I made this really fast in sketchup and I might build it in the future if I go watercooling or need more space than my cosmos provides, just not sure if its too big... at ~ 28.5"x16"x9"

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    Rear 3/4 ... front 3/4 ... and side

    Material would be oak plywood with dado joint 1/8" to fit it together, and metal pieces from salvaged case, mountain mods 5x5.25 bay, a few rad grills. I'd probably put an interior brace panel too as well as a motherboard tray obviously.

    This is pretty conceptual right now. I could use some design input on doors/side panels. I could use lexan but I have never had much luck getting a clean cut with thick lexan.


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    heres the same thing shortened to 28" height so it fits under a "standard" table height
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    Oh I like! My HTPC is in a wooden case (purchased, not home-built), and as long as the airflow is good, you can't beat it for it's noise insulation ability!
     
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    Looks great. Gives me an idea lol
     
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    If you want the sketchup file for a cut sheet let me know, I'll probably keep doodling with it.

    edit: I need to drop the height an inch or so to fit a standard table clearance.
     
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    Can you sketch-up with mounting spots for 3x 240MM Rads
     
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    Could be done, the height could drop substantially. If I went with a 240 in front and a 120 in the rear the height could come down a lot.

    Also thinking if I did a side by side 5.25 with the 360 in front I could drop the height a lot but it wouldn't be so narrow.
     
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    That's what i currently 3x 240MM rads
     
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    How many 5.25 bays would you need?
     
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    1x 5.25" Bay and 6x HDD Bays
     
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    Yeah I started messin with my design to get it to your need and it started looking like a 540 air. but I don't want to spend the hour to fine tune it sorry, just takes too much time

    Anyway here was my very rough approximation
    [​IMG]

    you can get some components from here
    https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/?redirect=1
     
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    Looks great though
     
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    Liking your latest mockup, especially the dual 240's in the roof.

    Been pondering wood case designs for an mITX build with a custom loop myself, but don't have the time to make it a reality any time soon.

    Would love to see a build log of yours in the interim, if you are so inclined.

    Glass raised. :toast:
     
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    nice, i have the same design in my brain. leave a room on the back of board tray for psu and hdd, but not too wide, just keep it like normal case but little bit wider
     
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    Your rig is pretty sweet thanks for the link.

    I wish I had a table saw for doing box joints but I'd have to make do with a radial arm saw and dados, which aren't quite as elegant, here was my initial idea before I realized the saw couldn't do this cut precisely:
    [​IMG]

    The other approach is 240s on both sides of the front and either nothing on the top or two on top as well.
     
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    With those cuts it may make for a interesting design.
     
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    Yeah man I don't know when I'll be able to do more with this, I'm healing from a spinal cord disease so wood work is limited to planning. For the near term the cosmos is working fine.

    I take it you would like to have a personalized cut sheet / blue print?

    I can help you brainstorm maybe help with some of the design.

    Do you have a saw?
    What kind of wood?
    How much experience do you have with wood working?
    Case orientation: Horizontal or vertical motherboard?
    Would you buy a mobo tray from a modding site or cut up a old case?
     
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    I'm looking into doing something like this

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    1.) Yes
    2.) Don't know yet
    3.) Non
    4.) Above pic
    5.) No tray


    Could you do a sketch for this
     
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    Its a lot of work to do for free... I'll crank you out a sketchup idea but it will be slow since no $ for motivation lol
    Since you are a noob to wood working butt joints will probably be sufficient, get some clamps like Irwin Quick Grips, they are useful for butt joinery, you'd need 2 or 3.
    I suggest tite bond II glue. Never had a problem with weak butt joints and this glue, built a few subwoofer cabs with this method.
    Are you doing full ATX?
     
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    [​IMG]
    I spent about 20 mins on it so far, heres where I am roughly at. Some of the lines you see are for my reference points or are extraneous so ignore those. It is 14"x14" cube with 1/2" thick wood pieces.
    Tell me if you like the design so far. Obviously you can put windows in where you like or radiators/fans
     
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    Looks great. I was thinking 3 bottom mounted radiators with 6x 120MM fans and see through panels on top to see board.
     
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    Might be possible to make it thinner then, like 14x12 But since I don't have your hardware with me to measure its better to error on too big.
     
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