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Scratch Build – In Progress Passive NUC "Bum Muffin" -There, I named it. May 15-final pics on page 4

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Cheapskate, 3 Feb 2014.

  1. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Thanks, Guys. I named it now. -poorly.
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    -Lighting has been an issue lately. Recently I picked up some cheesy LED yard lamps from a house I'm cleaning up. (****. I still have to dismantle the lobster tank.:() With the help of some PSU scrap, a switch from an old 486, and a power brick from one of those cordless phone sets that die after a year, I put together a something. I think I paid for the 3 resistors, and maybe the hot glue was a work write-off.
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    -Here's the full ghetto ensemble. If a homeless person had a mill, this is what it would look like, just under a bridge.
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    -I went with the EEL Ambience color scheme.:lol: The wire ties came from the cleanup job, and the heavy orange wire has been around since the '70s. It looks like I'm building an EMP cannon instead.
    -Maybe next time...
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    -Wow. I can see, 'n stuff.
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    -D'oh! The paper backing came loose at the last minute.
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    -Here I'm milling out a pocket on the inside of the face. I think this will work better for getting light through the layers.
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    -A sneak peek of the housing plan.
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    -I mentioned earlier the chips are NOT the same height. There was a perfect layer of thermal goo on the main chip that made up for the discrepancy. I think I should try to do better. This may be part of why it runs hot.
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    -The current generation probably doesn't know about these.:D This is a (dismantled) spark plug gapping kit. This set runs from .035" down to .0015", and are great for figuring out height discrepancies. I had totally forgotten about this one, and the humidity has taken it's toll.
    -Anyway, after a cleaning I worked out that only the .005" shim would fit in the gap.
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    -More pickie, less chatty monkey!
    I put the fly cutter in the mill, and leveled both sink surfaces. Then I moved to the GPU sink and whittled it down .005".
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    -Now I'm working on getting the heat sinks flat. Cripes! It's not easy to lap a heatsink the size of an ITX board! The sandpaper is only a little bigger. I'm a bit worried about losing the heat pipe integrity, so I'm checking it by pressing the flat area with a fingernail. If I make a dent, it's probably time to stop sanding. What you see here is an hour and a half of sanding at 240 grit. It started to get easier, and I realized it was because there wasn't any grit left on the paper.:lol:
     
  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    -I got a little playful with the switch design.
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    -Fingerprinty. (Why, Yes spellcheck. I do know that's not a word.)
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    -Like the Tooobular NUC, I have to flip the part to make a pocket for the button. Here I'm using a dremel bit to find the center.
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    -Milled.
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    -Hey! I found a use for one of those oscillating cutters. I used it to lop off some of the stuff on the inside of the HD plate.
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    -Then I milled the stuff still sticking out nice and flat. I stuffed a rubber toilet shim in that hole in the front to silence the RINGING.
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    -Later I milled one edge off. -WAIT. I milled it short? I milled it short! I must've had the sink turned 90 degrees when I drew the line. I'll come up with something.
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    -Milling porn.:D I love milled powder coat.
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    -The inside of the HD plate has a low spot that's getting in the way. It's easier to chop the plexi wall, so that's what I did.
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    -But for now, it's Spring distraction season, and ghetto construction is in full bloom. Two aluminum pans and a stick?
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    -No, It's tool rack 2.0.:D I made this to replace a '60-era plastic rack that is being crushed under some serious tool mass.
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    -Next up is the one in the garage. It caved in the middle sometime this winter.
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    -THEN I can expand the spare hammer rack.:lol:
     
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  3. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    Why do you have so many hammers?
     
  4. Shirty

    Shirty Time travelling rogue Super Moderator

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    A man can never have too many hammers. Or crowbars, according to my garage.
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Agreed. -That's just garage hammers, BTW. :lol:
    @Pranja - They are a bit like coat hangers. They just seem to multiply. Most of the wood ones are +50 years old.
     
  6. craig - toyoracer

    craig - toyoracer Member

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    Might be more like Cheaps is a very organized Hoarder. :lol:
     
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    He's real name is, Thor.
     
  8. aramil

    aramil One does not simply upgrade Forums

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    For when it is hammer time :p

    As said you can never have to many hammers (only to few)
     
  9. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    Or maibe he's a human-squid with a hammer in each tentacles
     
  10. Nexxo

    Nexxo Queue Jumper

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    Aren't you the guy who turned the mill by hand during a power outage during a hurricane? You, sir, are a GOD amongst MODDERS. You are HARDCORE. I bow to your superior mod-fu, for it is strong.

    (And spark plug gapping kits! Great idea --just what I need for shimming cutting tools on the lathe.)
     
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  11. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    I think the name is very distasteful - bum muffin. Even typing it makes me want to scrub my hands clean.

    It should be bum crumpet. Far better.
     
  12. Cheapskate

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    :lol: -No one plays "hammer catch"?
    @Craig -No. I give to those in need of a hammer. I make sure to keep the ones that were inherited, though.
    @Bindi - You've seen the hammer I use for work, obviously.:lol:
    @Nexxo - That story gets a little more wilder every time it's re-told.
    @Kenco - Bum crumpet sounds more like something is going in rather than out... Ew...
     
  13. JD Design

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    : Jawdrop: very nice job
     
  14. Cheapskate

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    Seems to work so far. Temps still not stable yet.

    -I guess I need a few updates still...
     
  15. Darkened

    Darkened New Member

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    From naming your mods to the hobo-ness of your milling machine, these project logs are always a great fun to read :D

    Keep up the craziness :thumb:

    Darkened
     
  16. AlderonnX

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    i'm sending you a hammer Cheaps ! hate to see a modder in need
     
  17. Egami

    Egami Why is the dremel on fire?

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    From the emp cannon wire to the tool racks, you sir are magic. I don't know what it is with the modern hammers but they just don't have the same feel as the ancient wooden handled ones.
     
  18. Meelobee

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    What...someone had to do it.. :D
     
  19. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    I think Meelobee hit the nail on the head there. Nothing like hammering a point home.














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  20. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Yeah, -never should have posted the hammers. :lol:
    @Darkened -Thanks:D Please keep doing what you do as well... Maybe not the long hiatus part.
    @AlderonnX -I broke my only useable axe and lost the head in garage chaos, but I'll pass on hammers.
    @Egami -Thanks.
    @Meelobee & Kenco - Please refer to line on of my post.:D
    If this keeps up I'll have to re-post the Arthurian-esque story of how I got my current hammer.
     

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