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Scratch Build – In Progress Case Mod: Canary Mesa

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Pfaffen, 9 Sep 2007.

  1. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Thank you very much. I plan on applying a clear protectant, not sure what it is going to be (poly, shellack, boiled linseed oil or danish oil) and let the natural color of the wood come out. I plan on accenting it with Mac Ebony on the corners, top and perhaps the legs, just working out the details in my head right now.
     
  2. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Sorry for not posting anything lately, but I should have some time soon to post the corner brackets...
     
  3. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    Maybe it's too late to post this, but for angled alu I always use a mitre saw. Goes through it like butter and leaves vey clean cuts that don't need a lot of finishing work.
     
  4. radek

    radek What's a Dremel?

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    Word of caution, Pfaffen. I've worked with canary wood before and I know that it doesn't like daylight too much. If you can - finish it with UV protective finish. That will prevent color from fading out, and turning boring brown. Other then that, keep up the good work! r
     
  5. Frido

    Frido Minimodder

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    Great woodcraft, wonderful colors and a nice idea having the monitors standing atop the "wood-computer" - how will you handle the heat as it rises upwards? Those 80mm fans surely arent enough, or are they? I hope so :)

    Wish I had a workbench like yours! Go modding and click (a lot) more pictures :D

    /Frido
     
  6. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Radek,

    Thank you very much for the advice. I will go on an office desk with a large picture window, but no direct sunlight. Any suggestions on a UV protective finish?

    Pfaffen
     
  7. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Frido,

    Thank you very much. Planned on pulling all the air through and ducting it out the back and the bottom.

    Pfaffen
     
  8. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Well, I had some time this weekend and finally cut the corner pieces and scroll sawed the designs. I think I should go back to shop class. It has been a while since I used my scroll saw and even installed the blade backwards for the first few minutes. It kept popping up as the teeth would catch. Stupid me...

    Any way here is a shot of the fininished corners.
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    Also I bought some Purpleheart wood for the table top. It is a very heavy wood and need to take care of your equipment. My planer did not like the density and I had to plane 1/64" at a time.

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    Here is a shot of the table insert all glued up.

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    The insert goes in the space between the mitered corners and will support the Mobo, PSU, HD assembly and everything else.

    Hope you enjoy...
     
  9. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Not late at all. Just made the first test cuts this afternoon. Trying to decide if I use mitered corners with JB Weld or just overlap them together.

    My preference is the finished look of the mitered corners...
     
  10. Hazmat

    Hazmat What's a Dremel?

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    Looks Great

    I like the table top insert, nice use of contrasting colors.

    That sure would look nice on my desk you know :)
     
  11. Kylevdm

    Kylevdm The Mod Zoo Podcast Host

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    you seem to like wood!


    Its looking great
     
  12. AnUnknownSource

    AnUnknownSource What's a Dremel?

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    The contrast looks good for that table top insert! God Job!

    Oh, and I'd use a hacksaw on that aluminum.
     
  13. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Well, last night I cut the dove tails for the legs of Canary Mesa.

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    The trick was to align them with the dove tails in the top rails to accept the corner brackets which where also dovetailed.

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    So when the are assembled (currently dry fitted) they make a nice tight corner

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    With all the legs assembled, and turned over this is what it looks like.

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    Here is a close up of one of the corners.

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    Here is a shot from the top. The black line at the bottom of the insert is not a gap. It is a shadow. I have not cut the rabbets along the perimter to fit. I was just making sure the dimensions of the insert were correct (13in x 19in).

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    Here is a shot from another angle.

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  14. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Solid! -and I can't think of a better word that a woodworker would want to hear.
     
  15. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    You think? ;)
     
  16. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Thank you very much!
     
  17. IanJackson

    IanJackson Photographer & Modder

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    nice woodworking skills keep it up!!!:thumb:
     
  18. Pfaffen

    Pfaffen What's a Dremel?

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    Here is the beginnings of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) bay.

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    The plan is to support 4 SATA HDDs.

    Here is a shot of the blanks in place.

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    Here is a straight on view.

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    The spacers are .25" but to make sure there is enough air circulating, I doubled the gap between the 2nd and third hard drive.

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    This morning I started to put the rails in for the hard drives and finished off the box. I am really impressed on how strong the JB Weld holds.

    Any suggestions on how to paint the aluminum? :confused: Do I need to sand and prime it, like with wood? I intend on painting it black or gray, don't want to be able to see it well from the outside.
     
  19. Hanz

    Hanz What's a Dremel?

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    As others have said, nice job on the contrasting wood! Purple heart isn't an easy wood to work with, but you seem to have managed quite nicely!

    I like the plan for the corners, looks good so far!

    H
     
  20. mvagusta

    mvagusta Did a skid that went for two weeks.

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    nice woodwork :thumb: wood cases pwn :rock:
     

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