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Scratch Build – In Progress Project SR-2 Desk

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by The Boy Riley, 17 Dec 2011.

  1. The Boy Riley

    The Boy Riley What's a Dremel?

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    Now then, I was planning a new build for some time, I really fancied Silverstone cases, particularly the TJ07 or TJ11. Then a sheet of 10mm toughened glass sort of fell into my lap and sealed the deal... DESK!

    I started getting parts together in late august then I was working for 6 weeks so it slowed the whole process down a bit.

    The pictures are in the order I got everything with a few project log posts put together, so if something doesn’t make sense let me know and I can fix it

    Bits:
    EVGA SR-2
    2x Intel Xeon 5650
    24Gb Corsair Dominator
    3x EVGA gtx580 SC
    OCZ vertex 3 240Gb
    2x Coolermaster silent pro gold 700W

    Cooling:
    EK-FB SR-2 Nickel plexi x2
    EK-Supreme HF - Nickel
    EK-FC580 GTX+ - Nickel x3
    EK-RAM Dominator – Nickel x2
    EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250 basic x2
    EK d5 pump top rev 2 x2
    Black Ice SR-1 360 Radiator x4
    D5’s x2

    It's all very shiny:

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    the quick test run :)

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    The plans for the desk had a few revisions as I was working in wales without a pc for a few weeks, so I got back at weekends with a whole different idea on how to do it.

    This is what I settled on...

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    The desk design took a while as I have this thing for symmetry. I can make the frame at home, but the panels might have to be cut somewhere else, hence the whole desk is modeled.

    This will be the first big build I've done for myself my previous builds have been nothing special, hence I'm pushing the boat out a bit.


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    Started making the frame this afternoon, the first three sections will take the longest so I'm starting there, here's the first round :)

    The box and angle, ready to go :) together with the plans on the desk.
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    The first side...
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    The tools I think I'm going to be sick of in a few days
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    The last (and most awkward) side
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    One down... 25 to go...
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    You know when you draw something and think "that will be be dead simple to make"...

    never again will I think that... or, I'll make everything under 750mm long (the travel on the milling machine bed:p)

    Will be doing more of the same until the frame is done, so I'll post anything interesting :)

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    Picked up the panels on yesterday they turned out really well so hopefully I can make the desk to the same standard :) and let’s hope I didn’t miss anything when I drew them.

    So here they are

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    I thought I'd start by making sure the motherboard tray fits, so cleaned up the edges and tapped the mounting holes.

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    Like a glove...

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    Throw in some cables

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    and a few blocks
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    Saving these till later as they'll be black sleeved

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    Making sure I my plan for the cables would work, I'll be tidying them up a bit but they seem to fit pretty well.

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    And some more of the cooling made its way here, only a few bits and pieces left now :)

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    And that’s pretty much it for now, got some more nuts and bolts on the way so I'll be carrying on with the frame midweek probably :)


    Just a quick one, tarted up the rear panel, it still needs the hole cutting in the centre for the back of the Motherboard but I wanted to make sure the PSU's fit :)

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    Seems to worked well, I'll be carrying on with the frame tomorrow so hopefully I can see some parts fitting together soon.


    I got bored and realised i could assemble one or two bits:)

    With these :O

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    All the bolts for the desk (I hope)

    plus a few bits and pieces

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    Still need to cut the hole for the back piece above, but thats some fun for another day :)



    Good news everyone :)

    my brother has let me use his camera so the pictures seem to have worked a bit better :) and I've pushed the boat out a bit and done a video :O

    SO... I've been finishing off some of the frame, so I thought I'd play with this here camera and show you guys what I was upto.

    First, sawn box section, with the outside edge touched up a bit...

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    As you can see, the cut face looks rubbish, and the inside edge needs a lot of attention... but if you put it on the milling machine :)

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    and then do this



    It looks a little something like this...

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    and repeat...

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    So that's about 70% of the frame, the rest of it has 45 degree ends and could be a pain in the arse, but that's tomorrow's job :)

    the pile of box section has got smaller too :)

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    If you guys want more videos of the making and stuff let me know :) I think this sort of stuff is interesting, but everyone else might think otherwise and to be honest, milling the ends was about the most exciting part of the frame

    Only about another 100 M3 holes to drill and tap :)


    Just a quick follow on from yesterday and some more video's :)

    A video of one side of the smallest pieces, tried to keep it brief as it's not too thrilling, but at least you can see how I've been doing the frame.



    And I got some of the 45's cut today, the longer sections, I asked my Dad (as it's his workshop) what I could use for this, as I had in mind, just a vice with a rotating bed.

    I was directed towards the vice in question...

    I asked "could you not find a bigger one?" I asked in jest,

    "That's the medium sized one, you can get the big one out of the garage if you can lift it..."

    needless to say I did not see the need for a bigger vice, as you can see this one is a little on the meaty side as is...

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    But it certainly holds things very still.



    And the finish turned out really well :)

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    and then they go on the stockpile ready to be drilled and tapped tomorrow

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    Today was a really good day, mainly as you will see in the last three photos :) don't skip though, you'll spoil it !

    to break up the tediousness of the day, I've done this update as a recipe, also my Mum was making my brothers birthday cake whilst I was working...

    Today's to do list

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    First take your angle and square up the edge

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    Offset by the radius of your cutter

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    swap chucks

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    zero the Y axis

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    tool swap (centre drill)

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    score at 25mm and drill pilots then swap to 5mm drill

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    Get your magic magnet

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    Place magic magnet against the face of your angle and switch on.

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    release angle from the vice and rotate, then replace the angle using your magnet as a guide

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    repeat steps to score and drill

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    Enter the garage and try to spot the band saw

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    having located your saw, remove your bracket from the angle

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    take your newly liberated bracket and clamp it the the vice, then even up the edge, the same way the box section was done.

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    Measure the bracket and see how well your eyes did when you lined it up.

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    Pose your work on a non reflective surface

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    That kept me amused and for a little while I forgot that I needed to make 38 of these :)

    But here's the best part

    Grab some sections and have a play !

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    I think my mental age decreased to ten whilst putting these together :)

    I managed to make ten this afternoon, before I retreated for food. Hopefully I can knock the rest of them out tomorrow, I had worked out some time saving methods by the 7th one :) Then maybe I can start assembling bits and cutting some more serious holes :)

    And for those of you who are wondering the cake turned out pretty good too

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    thanks for reading guys, more to come over the weekend :)
     
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  2. The Boy Riley

    The Boy Riley What's a Dremel?

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    brackets...

    So the brackets are nearly done, I was worried about how long it would take to touch up the second side of the brackets...

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    as there was a few of them...

    then the realisation that I could just put some sort of jig on the vice :D

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    And after that, it went quite a bit faster...



    then the crap lining of that cloud...

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    40 of them with one side that need finishing :)

    I managed 20 tonight before I got bored and am heading to the pub

    thanks for reading :)
     
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  3. The Boy Riley

    The Boy Riley What's a Dremel?

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    Finally got the brackets finished, and started playing with the frame :) so I thought I'd throw up some pictures.

    The start of the evening, find some space...

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    lay some parts out and try to remember how you numbered everything...

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    get the base together

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    faff about for a while because you found some holes you forgot to thread up :) then wait till the morning as the light was so terrible the pictures looked like they were on the yellow submarine

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    sit back and think... it's a bit big...

    I've put this last image in as a bit of a teaser, I'm currently working through the panels cleaning up the edges and holes and then fitting them so those pictures will follow after Christmas :)

    and... that feeling that it's a bit big soon disappears when you pop the motherboard tray in...

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    Have a great Christmas.

    Sam.
     
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  4. Bladesingerz

    Bladesingerz Minimodder

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    Loving the desk so far, I hope you can keep the precission going, metal can be quite unforgiving :D
    Amazing hardware btw, my wallet ran away when it saw that!
     
  5. Normano64

    Normano64 What's a Dremel?

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    Wow, that's some awesome work, a lot of nice details!
     
  6. KoSoVaR^

    KoSoVaR^ Professional Sleever & Modder

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    Handyman incoming :), i would love to see the result of this :D!
    SUBBED!
     
  7. bugbear974

    bugbear974 What's a Dremel?

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    Ok let's go for another computer desk!
     
  8. t4n6o

    t4n6o You know when you've been tangoed

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    looks good so far m8, cant wait to see the end result. BTW nice phone is that the W995 i have the same 1
     
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  9. The Boy Riley

    The Boy Riley What's a Dremel?

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    Indeed it is, it keeps the noise of the florescent lights in the workshop at bay when the machines aren't running :)

    Thank you to everyone else for the interest and comments, hopefully I wont disappoint you all when it's finished.


    Hopefully you all had an awesome Christmas so here's what I got up to during that quiet bit on Christmas day in the afternoon when everyone is done with presents and stuff but before the food bit :)

    fitted the rear panel...

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    was a little tight in the corners but with some light adjustment it soon looked the part

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    then moved onto the internal sides, you can now see where the one of the PSU's will live :)

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    Dropped in the panels either side of the motherboard tray

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    A quick shot of the grill retaining panels on the side, there are similar panels on the rear, I'll be getting to these in a day or so.

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    Then we flip and move onto the radiator panels...

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    for some reason I flipped it back and did the triangle pieces next, not entirely sure why...

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    you can see the third side of these is still open, I have these sections left to make, they are small but will be a pain in the arse :)

    and flip back again to do the underside cover

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    then move onto the front underside panels, these aren't fully attached yet as the fronts and diagonals are missing.

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    please excuse the lighting in these last photos, I got it better nearer the end, I had a really big light and a small space to shine it :(

    That's all the panels, now to see some parts in it...

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    now then, I was hoping to get some input on the layout, I have this space and these parts. I have yet to decide where the reservoir and pump will be, and dependant on them I will put the hard drives on various panels, so if you get some time to spare let me know what you think.:)

    This is also what I intend on doing with the tops of the radiators, it looks better in real life, but I'm undecided, think I'm going to wait until the panels and frame are painted to see if it looks good. the underside will have a traditional rad grill though, not these.

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    and the money shot, I did all this so I know where to cut the hole in the back panel :p

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    Thanks for reading and sorry for the quality of the photos, the ones of the components have really shown up my camera so I'll see what I can do for the future :)



    Been playing with some switches and USBs today trying to work out how they will fit into the front sections, I can do a bit more detail about how the USB came about if anyone is interested, but it was pretty straight forward, the USB socket had the common courtesy to be metric unlike motherboards

    The task... put one of these, in a box section like the one next to it...

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    about an hour later....

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    I will be replacing the screws with stainless allen bolts so it matches the rest of the desk, and cutting them to length on the inside, even though you cant see them...I'll know...

    On to the power switch :), this one was again pretty straight forward

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    And finally, the reset, I put this on the wrong side of the test piece for some reason, but the wire for this will sneak out in the gap around the back of the power switch. The switch will be underneath the section so it's not on display and the panel will cover it's screw, which will again be a stainless allen and cut to length...

    The fun part of this was the spacer, as for the first time this build the lathe got involved (even if it was for about 5 minutes) if you need a 3mm internal, below 8mm external, 4.4 mm high spacer, do not spend ten minutes rooting through crap to find one... just make it...

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    A lot of effort for something you will never see, but again, I'll know it's there and now so do you :D

    Thanks for reading, Hope everyone had a good Christmas :)
     
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  10. dream1

    dream1 What's a Dremel?

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    WOW This is just looking great. I love it. You can see how mush hard work had put it in.One thing more, are you sure 2x700w PSU is enough for SR2 and 3 video cards.You might have a problem with that. Anyway Happy NY and keep going :)
     
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  11. M3cael

    M3cael What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice!
     
  12. thetrashcanman

    thetrashcanman Angel headed hipsters

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    wow this is awesome! Definitely subbed, I had an SR2 for a while, but splitting my money between my main computer and that was just silly, either had to be the computer I have or the SR2, not both, that would have been mad, but anyway I'm rambling (its late) can't wait for future update's and I must say I think the photography's been pretty good so far :)
     
  13. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Multimodder

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    None of the video's were working, I'll remove this if you edit your posts, you just need the code (bit in bold) from the URL - www.youtube.com/watch?v=[B]ybwnemUCvfg[/B] then paste it in the youtube tags.

     
  14. mav2000

    mav2000 In Training

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    Very nice work...loving it..:)
     
  15. barfastic

    barfastic What's a Dremel?

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    amazing!
     
  16. andrew8200m

    andrew8200m Modder

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    This is very cool indeed :)
     
  17. Sarakon

    Sarakon The German

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    I like PC desk builds :thumb: looking very nice indeed
     
  18. logicmike

    logicmike What's a Dremel?

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    WoW, That is amazing. keep it comming
     
  19. lilgoth89

    lilgoth89 Captin Calliope

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    amazing work, keep the pix coming
     
  20. Angel OD

    Angel OD Pump Killer

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    I've always been a sucker for these amazing builds with low-cost hardware! :lol:

    I wish I had the money to do something like that, hardware-wise. :(

    But I love the idea for the desk, keep it up! :thumb:
     

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