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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Filmiarvuti (update: July 4th - finished!)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by tame, 3 May 2009.

  1. tame

    tame What's a Dremel?

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    Managed to do it even without breaking anything. That's a big success. Now it just needs some sanding.
    The cheapest solid-state drive would nearly double the cost of my computer. That's why I was planning to use a CompactFlash card, but as mentioned above, the motherboard refused to correctly recognize it.

    Only 60% of the budget is spent as the current cost of "Filmiarvuti" is approximately 600 Estonian kroons. That's about £35 and I'm pretty sure no additional parts will be needed.

    By the way, the name of this build means "Movie computer" in Estonian. Quite original, I know. :D
     
  2. tame

    tame What's a Dremel?

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    Hi again! Lately I have been busy studying for my last high school final exam (which starts in less than 12 hours :eeek: ). But as we know, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and so I have a little update for you today.

    First of all, the frame of the cover piece was made from a batten strip which profile looks like this:
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    It was carefully cut into correct size using this saw:
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    And if I'm already presenting tools, then these three are the ones that have been used the most so far:
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    The hole for the USB cable took about 15 minutes or so:
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    Case legs cut out, nothing special about them:
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    The current look of the build with the legs placed under it:
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    Just to give you some idea of how little space there is inside for the hardware:
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    Thought about purchasing a vandal-proof switch, but nowadays almost every case-mod has at least one if not more. So a decision was made to build a pushbutton myself.

    Started with some small pieces of plywood and pine:
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    Added some more:
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    And voilà:
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    Works like a charm. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
     
  3. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Nice vandal proof wooden switch! :thumb:
     
  4. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Nice work. I have about 20 different sizes of these:

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    Use the heck out of them making plexi round things. Never saw anyone else use them. Very creative with the button.


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  5. tame

    tame What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for the comments, perplekks45 & jhanlon303. It's time for another update, don't you think?

    As I said at the end of my first post, eventually no plywood will be visible. I've almost accomplished that task with only the front wall still needing some work. So let's start with that, shall we?

    First of all, I had to choose the best-looking piece of oak veneer out of this pile (it was a hard task):
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    Then I glued the front wall to it and left it to dry under pressure for 4 days (actually, only 24 hours would have been just fine aswell):
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    In the meantime, the DVD-reader was attached to the DVD-reader/HDD holder:
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    I had a little mishap with the button. The piece of pine I made it from was completely dry (the workshop is hot as hell). And then it was exposed to moistness. You can imagine the rest. :wallbash:
    After cutting it open, some sanding and regluing, it's now good as new.

    Here's a picture showing the insides of the button:
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    This is how the front wall looked like after I removed the clamps:
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    Some careful marking:
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    Cut the oak veneer with the red saw featured in my previous post (yes, everybody just calls it "the red saw") and carefully drilled the hole for the button:
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    Dryfitted the front wall before sanding it:
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    Present state of the case with the front wall completely sanded into size:
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    By the way, the current measurements of the case are approximately 37 x 23 x 15 cm.
     
  6. tjay@TJ

    tjay@TJ Minimodder

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    wow...

    the result come out great.

    cant wait for the hardware to go in
     
  7. DonT-FeaR

    DonT-FeaR I know what a fk'n Dremel is ok.:D

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    thats awesome! u gunna varnish that? would look great
     
  8. tame

    tame What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks a lot, but just wait for the final result. ;)
    Varnish is not exactly what I had in mind, but thanks. I'm going to use drying oil thinned with turpentine instead, because it produces a nice flat finish.
     
  9. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Beautiful wood work, I am really loving this mod.
     
  10. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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  11. tame

    tame What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks, guys. :blush: It's really good to read your encouraging comments.
     
  12. AnG3L

    AnG3L Ultimate Modder

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    Nice buddy really nice. I love your simplicity, good luck with the rest!
     
  13. tame

    tame What's a Dremel?

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    Thank you, AnG3L, and congratulations on the MOTM win!

    A side note: forgot to mention it before, but I had to wash my hair 3 times - it seems that sawdust and sweat can form a surprisingly strong bond. :rolleyes:
     
  14. ringo

    ringo What's a Dremel?

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    I like your work and design, good work man
     
  15. a.cowen

    a.cowen Plastic Fantastic

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    Reaally nice woodwork. Well done.
     
  16. Digitalize-

    Digitalize- What's a Dremel?

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    Really Liking this Build, cant wait to see it done.
     
  17. slipperyskip

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    Looks great! Awesome design and ingenious use of common materials.

    Are you going to veneer the top and side frames as well?
     
  18. BlackWhizz

    BlackWhizz What's a Dremel?

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  19. MIGUI

    MIGUI What's a Dremel?

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    Great job.
    Awesome.....:thumb:
     
  20. tame

    tame What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks, guys.
    Believe me, you're not the only one, who can't wait to see it finished. :rolleyes:
    No, the top and side frames are going to stay as they are. That way there will be a nice contrast between light and dark wood all around.

    By the way, I really like the numerous builds on your website, especially the look of the Decomatic HTPC.
    Thanks, I appreciate it.
     

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