I am co-creating this computer with a friend of mine. We are also creating a Live Journal construction log of our Progress over HERE that will be updated over time. Included is a summery about us here. We will also update this thread with our progress reports. Day 0 - The idea, and how it came about The Idea comes from a combination of places, primary of which is the name of our clan. the ^BM Beer Monkeys, a group of avid gamers, numbering roughly 8 people large. At Fragapalooza 2003 (two years ago), I (Bram) decided to mod my case. I thought about putting it in ANYTHING other than a stock case. Since we were the BEER monkeys, and I knew my way around woodworking, I came up with the idea to put my computer into a wooden Keg. I thought that it would be cool if I could set it up with a reservoir to hold liquids of some sort and have a spigot attached to the front so I could have drinks 'On tap' as it were. This idea is being DEEPLY considered, but the idea of putting liquids, especially carbonated liquids around my computer... is moderatly nerve-wracking... We decided to orient the Keg in a horizontal position, and find or make some sort of stand to put underneath it to prevent it from rolling off. This will allow us to consider adding a tap on the 'front' Image Googling "Wooden Keg" found a picture that illustrated what we hoped to do. Sans Computer (more or less) Day 1 - The Keg, and the First Incision Since I first came up with the concept, the only real reason I have not started it before was that I could not find a suitable Barrel. I could find Napa Valley Wine Barrels that weigh around 110lbs EMPTY, and I found LOTS of half-barrel water planters. Neither of which would work for obvious reasons. I managed to find one the other day. This barrel in question was bought from the Grocery store I worked at. They were using them to hold up wicker baskets full of apples and such. Ironically, I had passed these by two years ago due to the design. I had been hoping for a cleaner and larger one. However, I decided that if I didnt buy it NOW, I would never get around to starting this mod. It looked big enough to fit my motherboard with room to spare for the other components. The manager offered to let me borrow the keg, under the condition they get it back. I bought it from them for $50 Canadian. Here is what the barrel looks like. It is a Slack Cooperage barrel, 30 Inches long, and about 18 inches across at its widest point, made by Brooks Barrel Co. After bringing it home, we used a mock mobo to guesstimate how much space we had to play with (the keg was closed on one end, and recessed in about 5 inches on the other) and things looked quite good. We were ready for cutting it open to access the inside. ------------------------------------------------ GAINING ENTRY Since the barrel would be horizontal, we opted to have cable access through what would become the bottom of the case. We used a drill and Jigsaw to remove a plank section between the metal banding. Our motherboard would be mounted vertically over this hole. We sanded the edges and tossed the extra piece. 12 inches of hole! Booyah! We both knew that there was no hope in hell of using this single point of entry for installing the entire computer, so we had to remove one of the ends. By removing the recessed end, we gained a considerable amount of interior space as well as opening it up. We used a drill to start the hole, and a Jigsaw to cut the rest, but due to the radius of the desired circle and the curve of the side of the barrel, we ended up having to cut several odd shaped cuts out of it. Afterwards, we used a coping saw to clean it up. Hint: Keep your coping saw SHARP. dull ones do not work worth ********... remember this Alex! The front of the barrel half finished. at this point, we went and found MY *sharp* saw. We left the ring in as support so the side of the keg didnt collapse in on us. Our next task will be finding a way to mount the most important part of a computer... my Gigabyte K8N-Pro.