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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Marcello (Updated July 12th)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by greensabbath, 9 Jul 2008.

  1. greensabbath

    greensabbath Got Wood?

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    Hey Everyone, I couldn't help but do a double header and finish this case entitled Marcello that I started around the same time as Nakamura but I didn't have time to finish. This project is based around the same Silverstone SG01 chassis that Nakamura is and will have the same front and back panel. The main wood of the case is Cocobolo, a wood from Mexico I believe with a really deep color and a very bad smell. The rest of the case will be brushed black aluminum and acrylic and mesh (i think) with accents of copper on the wood.

    Without further delay, my sponsor list.

    The great guys (Dennis) at AC Ryan
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    To get an idea of what I was doing, I build a small model of the case:

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    And then it was time to cut out the wood to the proper thickness, width and length:
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    I laid out the side pieces of the frame on a bit of mdf first:
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    For the joints, I would use a combination of half laps and rabbets. I guess i didn't take many pictures of this, because here are some finished joints:
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    I decided to reinforce the joints with copper pins. The copper also matches some of the colors in the wood. The pattern will be something like this:

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    And here is the frame where it stands today. the holes are drilled and I routed a rabbet for the plexi/Alu to go in the spaces. It isn't glued up yet though:
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    Next up, I need to route a grove so the frame can accept the chassis. Then I am going to glue some of the pieces together while I figure out exactly how the sides are going to work. As an aside, I am putting Sangaku back together finally after the moron shippers destroyed it. Stay Tuned!
     
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  2. shomann

    shomann New Member

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    No way I am the first to reply to this!

    Anyone else notice that Greenie's model is like way better than most people's final effort?

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  3. Arkuden

    Arkuden mow?

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    I have you give you much credit as wood never seemed to be all that cool of an idea to me until I have seen your mods and how graceful and clean they look. Your attention to detail and perfection is certainly an asset to your skill set. Cant wait to see more!
     
  4. twentynine

    twentynine Can never win...

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    I was thinking the same thing. haha. It looks great. I can't wait to see the final product.

    I gotta say something though. I've always had great respect for people who can turn raw materials(woodm metal, etc) into something so beautiful. Anyone can buy a case and put some mods into it, but to build the case from scratch with no premade pieces takes some great skills. Don't get me wrong though - it does take skill to buy a case a mod it, but doing what greensabbath is doing is a step above. Bravo my friend!
     
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  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Greenie?:eyebrow:-Don't disrespect the local deity.:D
    I hope you get Sangaku back together.
    That wood is friggen DARK. The copper bits will really stand out. It should look cool like that.
     
  6. Langer

    Langer Jesse Lang

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    You have a true gift. arkuden's post said it best.

    Bravo mate.
     
  7. haltdieklappe

    haltdieklappe New Member

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    Greenie is one bad ass model builder, keep up the good work.
    Great name for the case btw.
     
  8. compmodder

    compmodder New Member

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    very nice choice of wood, and those copper pins are gonna stand out beautifully if you choose to not to make them concealed joints. Beautiful work as usual. :thumb:
     
  9. Oreon_237

    Oreon_237 CHEA BRO!

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    frig man, that model of te case should be in MOTM! your skills are wicked greensabbath!
     
  10. dream caster

    dream caster just lurking from out there

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    Up to now this is your design i like best.
    Your other cases are like detailed drawings; this one is like a drawing made with some very few lines.
    When you can say a lot with much less that is cleaner and best.

    Maybe I'm invading your place as designer but please do not use any more long pieces of cocobolo, let these stand out as beatiful as they are now!
     
  11. dream caster

    dream caster just lurking from out there

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    I forgot to say this:
    I read Nakamura log again and I realized that you didn't gave us final pictures.
    Please do post them.
     
  12. greensabbath

    greensabbath Got Wood?

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    Thanks very much guys.

    I didn;t post them because we had the article up on the front page... i think.

    For the update! this project is getting close (relatively) already.

    On the agenda today, I needed to glue up the three sides to themselves. For this I would use gorilla glue, tightbond wood glue, and the copper rods:

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    Here is the underside of the top showing the groove:

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    And things to be glued;

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    One side glued up:

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    Top glued up:

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    Nice and dry:

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    I'll shave those down later:

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    Now it was time to fit the Case over a chassis and cut the grooves on the wood so I can glue everything together. Since this is made for the same chassis as Nakamura (and I can't afford another one) I just used Nakamura's chassis, complete with back and front panels (although I'll make new ones for this case too).

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    And where I have to make the groove:

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    And the machine to do the job:

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    And the final product: (this took a little while)

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    And once this was done, I put it all together and this is what we have (K, no more talking from me for a bit):

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    Thats it for now. Next I need to figure out what to do for the side panels and then well, do that. Stay tuned!
     
  13. Stievius

    Stievius Industrial Design Student

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    You definitely should marry wood!
     
  14. blu

    blu New Member

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    whats the point, he obviously already has an affair with wood and it seems to bring about some incredible family members.
     
  15. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    That would be bad. You could say he cut up his wife and left some parts in his basement.:eeek:

    Looks awesome, BTW.:D
     
  16. x06jsp

    x06jsp da ginger monkey!!!!

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    Wow how come i didnt notice this build aswell another great from you nick it will be awesome when its finished :thumb:
     
  17. Dead Ghost

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    Very, very nice. I'm a fan of your work. :)
     
  18. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    That MUST HAPPEN, Because When he touch a piece of wood the magic happen! I don't know how the hell he do it but Like what you said. He must marry wood :duh:
     
  19. Yemerich

    Yemerich I can has PERSUADETRON?

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    These wood pieces are coming together very nicely. Tis a great piece of art!

    BTW, why u named it Marcello?
     
  20. Farmboy UK

    Farmboy UK Hungry for knowledge

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    Wow, really incredible woodwork, looks amazing
     
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