Forewords: Hi all. Im Mikael Øster Jensen from Denmark age 36. Having started building on a new project a few weeks ago ( planned it for a year ), ive been lurking around on a few modding sites for inspiration. It made me feel glad to se how the casemodding community have evolved. As a note i should mention that i did my last log on a build of mine back in 2002 ( did some 5-8 scratch builds in the period between 1996-2002 even before i knew that what i was doing was called casemodding ). At the time the peoples on the forums i used didnt seem to appreciate me showing my methods on how to get stuff done. This made me leave the forums keeping my builds for myself. However ive only been making two smaller builds in the period after that ( 2002-2009 ). Point being, that after having browsed Bit-Tech the last couple of weeks you brought back the reminder of the joy one gets from sharing a build, and all of you guys seems to appreciate people sharing their mods. So i decided to register and get back in the game of building - stopping - taking pictures - building on etc. Hope you will appreciate what im doing. Its NOT about ME ME ME. Its all about sharing. betaname: Ash stealth mediacenter The concept: Very simple. Ive always been annoyed with having wires everywhere in my appartment and all the tech equipment/ gadgets standing all over the place collecting dust. So why not build it all into the furnitures. Another thing that had to be done was that every piece of furniture had to hang on the wall, meaning no legs attached to free up space in the living room. The planning: Whats gonna be inside? *PC: Motherboard 2xGPU running cross fire. 2xLAN As many USB ports as possible 4x3.5" HDDs fans. for now my plan is to install 2x80mm fans and 2x120mm. PSU 2xDVD/BR drives in "the drawer". Room for external HDDs in "the drawer" ADSL Router Switch several PSUs for diffrent gadgets such as printer/ home phone / lamps / external HDDs / Switch / router and so on. *PS3: first i was thinking of taking it apart using only the electrical components and not the case. However im ,at this point, not gonna mod the PS3 ( except for some stealth to cover the black design) so im gonna leave it as is. only access needed is for the USBs and BR drive. ( Also i wont void guarantee this way ). *ALL WIRES !! ( offcourse this wont be totally possible, but i have a few stealth mods in mind to hide all cabling that will have to be outside the furnitures. ) *What cant be inside? *Sennheiser headphones. *21" Monitior *42" LED TV *External DVD drive ( thou this is for another build im gonna call "the fourth dimension" ), it will still be in the livingroom so its gonna be part of this projectlog. *Also a lot of stuff havent been mentioned yet. Youll see as the build progress. All the stuff that cant be inside will need modding also to fit the whole concept. Just let me lift the curtain a little. This build is gonna involve everything in my living room which for now is kinda empty. Drawing and presetups: So, knowing what had to be inside it was time to figure out how to make it all fit, and what design i would use. I had a lot of ideas on how it should look. It had to fit some measurements of 76*76(+5)*27.5cm and 76*76(+5)*36cm to fit with another design of cabinets i adore. This is a Mogens Koch cabinet. I did make it myself, all handmade ( maybe i should mention that im educated as a furniture builder/ carpenter). This is the first furniture to be part of my living room. This will give you an idea of the wood im gonna be using for the build and type of design for the rest of the furnitures for the entire room. However, this was done before i decided to make a project log, so no pictures of the process. But you will get plenty of woodwork lateron i promise. Rud Rasmussen, producer of the Mogens Koch cabinet: www.rudrasmussen.dk/Content/index.php/Library/16/0/ Time to start collecting materials to se what i have to buy to make it all come together. Back in the days: A trip to my basement made me pull out all my old mods and bringing all the boxes of old hardware and materials back up into my apartment. It might be outdated, but i still managed to find som stuff for sleaving + a lot of cables that could be usefull. Knowing the rough dimensions for the acrylic / aluminium needed to do the presetup, i cutted up a lot of lenghts and plates at work to make it easier to adjust them at home. These are tools you cant afford not to have in your arsenal ! The presetup: Having collected what i needed of materials to at least make a presetup to figure out where all cables and hardware should be located it was time for the first cutting, sawing, drilling and dremling. Started by making a tower for 4 HDDs. Then made a stand for the motherboard. PS3 / PSU and DVD drives are located beneath for now. I might change this, having the DVD drives above freeing up more space. But thats optional for now. Unfortunately i didnt get any pictures of this process for some reason. I did get the shots im sure, but for some reason i cant find them on my camera. In case they show up all over sudden ill post em offcourse. ( N00b in action? ). Nah just been a long time. Starting a project like this with a worklog is a big task, just have to get back into the routine of taking pictures, checking if i have them and if quality is optimal. Im "getting there". This pattern of holes is from this old casemod of mine ( 1997-1998 ). I like it a lot and is somehow gonna incorporate it into this build. This is it, the pattern of holes is located on the right side of the case. The first sketches and drawings: Next thing was to get the measurements from sketch to actual builddrawing. This shows several steps of the progress of the design from sketch to 1:10 drawing. Im not gonna give you a closeup of the drawings or pictures of the 1:1 i also made. That would be a spoiler for sure. Checking if i have what i need to proceed: Tools: check Machines: Table saw Thicknesser Planer CNC mill Check The CNC mill im not gonna use for this project, thou it was tempting. However im gonna keep this build as intended. All done by hand the way i was teached to do it back in the days. Materials: MDF and other boards -Check Lenghts - check Plenty of aluminium lenghts to play with as well - Check Plenty of acrylics as well - check Im gonna need a sh*tload more of this raw ashwood. But it will do for the next week or so. Then there was the project log: First of all ive had throwen my cable for the camera away. My PC didnt have bluetooth and it wouldnt work on the PS3, so i had to go buy another cable or a Bluetooth dongle for the PC. The bluetoothdongle was the cheapest way. So i went with that. It worked out with a little help from Azayles. whats next?: For next update these headphones are gonna be finished to give you an idea of the whole concept. This will be alongside the start of the build of 3 cabinets to hold all the electronics. So with all this planned its back to the workshop. Im glad to say im having days of between christmas and new year. So im definately gonna be at the workshop progressing !! Eat your toast and drink your beers as usual! I shall return!