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Scratch Build – Complete Hevea

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by alain-s, 12 Mar 2021.

  1. alain-s

    alain-s Minimodder

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    Hi guys!

    It has been a few year when I made my last build. And now the time has come to make something new. This time I will be doing a scratch build. My previous build Purpura (Dell XPS720) is getting a bit out of date after 6years of service it is time to say goodby and create something new that meets my standards.

    My first intention was to make a SFF (Small Form Factor Pc) but along the way I saw a video on youtube that got me inspired to make something else. A desk with a pc in its drawer. I know a other project like this, but I like the idea of a clean desk with just the screen, 2 speakers on it and keyboard and mouse ofc.

    Here are some hardware specs. Atm I am still looking for some stuff so I will add those things later.

    Hardware specs
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Aorus Z490I Ultra
    CPU Intel I7 10700K
    Ram: Aorus 16GB DDR4 3200
    GPU: who knows these days the RTX series is more a myth then reality.
    SSD: WD Black SB750 NVMe 500gb
    PSU: atm still looking for one.

    Cooling specs
    Radiators: EK CoolStream CE140 and EK CoolStream CE 280
    Pump: EK D5 PWM
    Reservior: Atm I got my eye on EK Quantum Kinetic serie but this can still change.
    CPU Block: Atm EK Supreme Full Nickel will pull this out the Purpura build. But can change.
    GPU Block: Unknown
    Fan Controller: Aqua Computer Aquaero 6 pro. Wanted to LT version but the are all sold out.

    So lets get going!

    For this project I picked 2sheet of rubberwood. One of 18mm thick and the other of 33mm thick.
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    And everything cutted in to pieces.
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    Ok now that this is out of the way I can get started with the first drawer. Order some aluminum of 2.5mm thick and got started.
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    First up was PSU location.
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    The hole for the ventilation will be added later.
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    Added the wooden casing of the drawer.
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    Next up was the motherboard tray.
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    That is it the start of a new project. Cant have enough to to keep yourself busy these times.
     
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  2. kim

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    Nice start :thumb:
     
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  3. alain-s

    alain-s Minimodder

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    @kim, Tanks :)

    Had some extra free time to continue. got a piece of plexi to make a small bracket for the PCI riser cable.

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    And a extra support for the GPU

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    Cleaned up the parts.

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    Had to make some kind of riser for the radiators else there wouldn't be enough clearance to install the fittings. Got a piece of scrap plexi and made 2 shrouds for the radiators.

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    Glued everything together.

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    Next up was making the holes for the fans. I made it my self easy and bought a hole saw for metal.

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    Time to test fit the parts.

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    First attempt for a bracket but it failed a bit.

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    And the new one.

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    At this stage I could already do a part of the loop. Wish I could have finished it but I am waiting for some parts.

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    Just enough clearance for the extension cables.

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    That was it again. Have a nice day!
     
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  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Perfect tubing. :thumb: Your I/O placement already bit you on the butt. :lol:
    The material saving on your radiator bracket warms my cheap heart. :D
     
  5. alain-s

    alain-s Minimodder

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    @Cheapskate, Tank you :)

    It has been a while I wanted to complete the drawer pc. But because of some delays I started to work on the desk it self.
    The wood that I used it Rubberwood. The desk it self will be 200cm by 80cm.

    Time to make some holes.
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    Did this for the hole desk.

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    This will be the layout for the drawers.

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    Some holes for the wires.

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    Next up was the grill for the airflow.

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    And the top view.

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    Small hatch for easy access cables.

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    Atm I not sure if I want to make a window in the desk to show the hardware or keep the clean look with just the grill and noting else.
     
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  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Looking fantastic. :D
    Window: It would be a shame to cut up such an expensive plank.
    Maybe just a small porthole for the motherboard?
     
  7. Datulab

    Datulab Human? AI? Robot?

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    Looking awesome. Very impressive craftsmanship and all of that with no CNC routers! You have my respect.
     
  8. Defyant Mods

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    Looking good :thumb: i do get moist when i see a Festool tool :naughty:
     
  9. alain-s

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    @Cheapskate, it is decided I wont make a window in the desk.

    @Datulab, Thank you :)

    @Defyant Mods, Thanks :)

    Made some progress on the desk it self. Had to drill some hole for table legs so they could be easily secured.

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    Easy to remove the legs in case I need to move it.

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    Then had to install the wooden frame under the desk.

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    Some aluminum profiles that had to made in several parts.

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    Bracket to hold the USB/audio/power button led light.

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    A other bracket for the fans that are build in the desk.

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    And a drawer hinge to support the cables when I open en close it.

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    And a video of how it works.



    With all the done I could install the legs and drawers.

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    Test fitted the cover for the drawers.

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    Had to add some weight to the pc drawer to see if it would sag. Good thing everything stayed on its place.

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    Some small adjustment to the middle drawer.

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    If everything go as planned the desk it self will be finished this weekend. Except the drawer where the pc will come on. Just have to sand it clean it and the I can apply the oil for protection.
     
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  10. Cheapskate

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    Lovely. :D
     
  11. alain-s

    alain-s Minimodder

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    Thanks Cheapskate :)

    Desk is complete just adding some protection on top of it. Added Oil with color to it.

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    Removed the oil that was to much.

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    Adding some light.

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    Time to move the desk to its final place.

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    Now that this is finished I can continue to work on the drawer where to pc will be installed.

    Dont mind the floor it will change this summer
     
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  12. kim

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    I took some time to watch your build more thoroughly, I knew your skills with wood were amazing, but your work on metal parts is remarkable as well, you don't even need a CNC :hehe:
    As to the desk itself, the design and your ingeniousity, likewise the level of craftmanship are totally outstanding, this is a masterpiece, deep respect :rock::rock:
     
  13. Cheapskate

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    Whatever you put on that really brought out the details in the grain. It looks fantastic.
     
  14. 4LIEN

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    This will be an epic desk, its really huge!

    p.s. Compliment also for your old mod on XPS! Need to find one, i'm a fan of the 720 model!
     
  15. alain-s

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    @kim Thank you for taking your time to check the build.

    @Cheapskate Thanks!

    @4LIEN Thank you, The case is up for sale. If you are interested. :D

    It has been a wile. This will be the last update because the desk is finished! :)

    Made the last parts to complete the loop. then it was just polishing the copper pipes and send them of to nickle plate it.

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    Painted all the parts. Didn't take a o lot of pictures of progress because we all now what it looks like. Then it was time to install everything.

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    Last was installing the drawer in the desk and take a bunch of pictures. :p

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    Lights on :)

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    And underneath the desk.

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    And few pictures with the lights on.

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    This was it again. I hope you all like it. I sure did. :D
     
  16. 4LIEN

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    Really clean work!
    Thanks for the case, but i need an original not modified one.
     
  17. riekmaharg2

    riekmaharg2 has started the PowerCore scratch build

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    Cool stealthy PC, looks awesome
     
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    Very tidy
     
  19. Jean R built

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    No CNC Respect, I like it, it looks really good and clean :happy:
     
  20. Cheapskate

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    AAAH! You didn't finish the underside! :lol:
    It came out beautiful.
     

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