Scratch Build - In Progress ⭐ Mahogany/steel Pc desk

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  1. Huskybongs

    Huskybongs Member

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    It's time to continue:)

    Test fitted some hard drives. I'll take away the stickers don't worry!


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    Gotta have key ignition. This solution is a bit overbuilt but when in rome:)

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    Gotta have an usb panel for the usb audio and especially the ODAC. So i cut some holes for the usb and then proceeded to measure out. Had some welding help from michael again. Thank you:)

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    This oughtta be strong enough

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    Anyone know if I voided the varanty here?

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    Will get this plate engraved with some stuff. You'll see later :)

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    Well I can connect my headphones now but there's not a lot of sound yet:D

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    There's some plans for decent audio outside the headphones too if anyone was worried. Gonna have to change the membranes on these and change the shells but they pack a hefty sound. More on this later too

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  2. kim

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    kinda imperssive todo list...:D can't wait to see new updates
     
  3. Huskybongs

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    Amazing job, I love that its made of wood, makes me really want to make a desk mod haha
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I'm hoping "paint" in your video was just an English slip. I'd hate to see the wood painted over instead of sealed.
    It's happened before here, so I'm prepared for violent intervention.:lol:
     
  6. Huskybongs

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    Freudian slip:)

    What I meant to say was stain and varnish. Basically same as the inside. You see english is my third language:)
     
  7. Impatience

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    It's a similar concept, it's just thin paint really, pretty easy to mix up if it's not your native language IMO! Can't wait to see the finished build though, it's gonna be a beauty
     
  8. Cheapskate

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    Crisis averted. :lol:
    There's always that one guy with the rattle can of flat black. In my profession, I've seen "upgrades" that would make you ill.
     
  9. Huskybongs

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    I will go through the STAIN AND VARNISH thoroughly when i do it. However im bound for southhampton for a week so the update will be after that
     
  10. Huskybongs

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    Anyone know how to prep for chrome?

    I'm currently sanding down the custom hinges but I really dont know how good it needs to get for the chrome to look right

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  11. Cheapskate

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    Your best bet is to polish the hell out of it. I have no experience with plating though. Chrome shops here tend to be in the lazy bubba category. Their favorite response is, "I dunno."
     
  12. Huskybongs

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    So after a lot of work which you will see later the table is finally getting the stain and varnish it deserves. I had to move it in order to get it painted because I'll be using some fairly toxic stuff.
    That being said here's the painting rig and the color which I'll be going for.

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    Underneath is a pingboll table frame:)

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    Here's the color. However it will be really shiny and not "muddy" as in the photo
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  13. Mosquito

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    Looking forward to it! I'm a fan of mahogany, but don't typically go quite that red with the contrasting stain. Will be interested to see how it turns out :)
     
  14. Huskybongs

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    It will go a bit darker as the 2nd and 3rd layer is being applied + the varnish changes it a bit. But yeah I wanted to go this route we'll see if its bad or not:)
     
  15. Huskybongs

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    Well long time no seen but a lot has been done!:)

    Finally it's stained to the mahogany colour I wanted varnishing stars the following monday. I should have the table back by friday in it's full gloss and glory.The finish I wanted for this really pushed the amount of work.

    For the ones interested here's how the wood has been prepared,

    Dried inside for 2 years. several years before before taking it inside.
    Then filed down to the desired shape.
    Then sandpaper. Going through the different coursnesses. 120 grit 2 times (every step is dried in between with azetone), 240 grit 2 times, 320 grit 2 times, 400 grit 2 times, 500 grit 3 times, 600 grit 2 times and finally 800 grit 2 times.

    After the first coat of varnish I'll sand it to 1200 grit and then to 2000 grit before the next coat and repeating this until it has 4-5 layers of varnish.

    Mixing 2 different industrial strenght stains.

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    Made the bottom of the corners a bit tidier

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    Let's get staining!

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    The back panel

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    The rest of the table

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    I went through a riddiculus amount of rags and asetone. As well as an insane amount of sandpaper.

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  16. Cheapskate

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    Yay! he's back! :D You lost your inside/outside color contrast, but it looks really goooooood anyway. It definitely made the wood texture come out.
    Acetone: Yeah. Just opening the can will do that. :lol: Here it's so hot that you can pour it on a rag, count to ten, and the rag is dry.
     
  17. Huskybongs

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    I'm pretty sure it will look great when it's done though. It's off getting spraycoated with varnish now, I'll have it back on friday. Ye the summer has been insanely busy and I've been doing a lot of the tedious work that is not worth sharing. Like prepping for chrome and so on;S
     
  18. Huskybongs

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    Sneakpeak of what's been happening. Big update coming soon:)


    12 layers of varnish on. I'll get this sucker waxed up and then we'll get a better camera but for now just a few pictures indicating that I'm still alive^^
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    Chromeprepping at 2500 grit sandpaper

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    Mobile phone pick, it's really hard to capture the gloss. I'll get back to you shortly:)
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  19. Huskybongs

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    Just a minupdate..

    Started with some cablework:)

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    My living room is a mess... :)

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    Some radiator fan connectors being born

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    And yeah btw I'll make a keyboard (after the table is done) using ebenholtz and moosehorn like an old timey grand piano.
    That black piece is the wood from madagaskar

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  20. TheMadDutchDude

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    So pretty. It's making me want to attempt to make one. :D
     

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