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Scratch Build – In Progress [Scratch Build] - Victorian Desktop - Mosquito - Completed 2nd Jun. 2015 - Done!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Mosquito, 22 Jan 2015.

  1. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

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    Thanks! Kind of wish I had more video of this build to throw something together...

    Thanks :) It's not a notch, it's my inexperience with the scroll saw showing :lol: It was a spot where I wondered outside the line, but didn't want to redo the whole thing :)
     
  2. shindead

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    How did you learn how to do all this? Is this something similar (skill wise) that you do for a living?
     
  3. Mosquito

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    All self taught through trial and error, online forums, videos, articles, books etc. I'm a software consultant (programmer) to earn my living, so not really similar; just something I enjoy :)
     
  4. shindead

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    I am now even more impressed :eek:
     
  5. Nexxo

    Nexxo Stopped treating this country as if it was his own

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    Actually, legend has it that Mosquito arose as a fully-formed carpenter from a shell:

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    (OK, he looks a bit girly in this picture but that's the long hair)

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  6. Vognen

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    1: Jesus was a carpenter

    2: Mosquito is a semi-carpenter

    3: ????

    4: Mosquito is Jesus reincarnated? :lol:
     
  7. Nexxo

    Nexxo Stopped treating this country as if it was his own

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    Proof: When you see Mosquito's work you go: "Jesus H. Christ!". :p
     
  8. Mosquito

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    ^ LOL! :lol: Thanks guys, that's made my day :)


    Got the feet in last night, so should have pictures to share later today as well
     
  9. Mosquito

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    Quick teaser, things are moving along... hope for another update tomorrow, if I can get some more picture processing done tonight...

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  10. Vognen

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    I love(!!!) the colour of that dye! Can't wait to see more of them pictures :D
     
  11. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    :lol: I see what you did there. -He's the one doing the subliminals, people!

    Tidy grill design. I'm seeing a day-care logo cut in half and mirrored, though. :D

    CNC: I got one because my level of precision with hand work wasn't to my liking. A half millimeter is a huge gap when gluing and fusing. I also never again want to get my neck so stiff I can't lay on my back. Labor-saving machines rule.:lol:
     
  12. Mosquito

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    Thanks!

    :lol: now I see it too!

    I can't claim credit for the design, I just traced this part of the front grate and then flipped it and traced it on the other side (to make it smaller to fit the PSU fan area better)
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  13. Mosquito

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    A few little things before the re-assembly of the case…


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    First, the case feet I picked up, but forgot to share pictures of.


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    I got the rear panel painted. I used ‘Antique Bronze’.
    It’s not black, I promise lol


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    I also painted a few of the screws that will be visible.


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    Mmmm hide glue.


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    I got the dovetails glued up on the top and bottom,
    as well as gluing the internal motherboard mount in place.


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    And I got finish applied to the wood parts.
    I used Dark Walnut Danish Oil. I’m quite pleased with the color.
    I’ll be leaving it like this, with no top coat, as it fits the look better, I think.


    Thanks for checking it out! I’ll be reassembling the case tonight, and getting some of the parts installed, so I look forward to sharing that progress soon :)



    Special thanks again to G.Skill
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  14. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

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    Starting the reassembly process…


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    Won’t bore with the details. Screwed the metal piece on the back frame, and screwed that to the back of the case.


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    I got the corner braces installed, and the USB ports


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    There is very much an order to how things have to go in.
    Radiator, fan, and pump next. I had also installed the power button at this point too.


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    I like the way the radiator fills the whole front of the case…


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    Motherboard was installed so I could install the PSU and run some wires, then got the res in place.


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    Next up, mounting the GPU on the back plate.


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    All the hardware is now in place, except the water loop.


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    I got the acrylic window installed, without the paper for the first time.


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    I got the two Darkside LED strips installed. These are orange.


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    And… because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I powered up the lights with a molex power brick.







    Special thanks again to G.Skill
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  15. Bartacus

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    Oh yeah! :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: Those Darkside LEDs are great stuff.
     
  16. Vinch

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    That's some neat work!

    Quick question: how is the GPU holding in place, since it seems you removed the PCI bracket?
     
  17. Nexxo

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    I approve.
     
  18. Mosquito

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    Thanks guys!

    Oops, I see I screwed up one of the image tags. This is how the GPU is held in place:
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    I use the DVI standoffs that screw into the GPU (that the DVI connector then screws into).
     
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  19. Mosquito

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    Final Photos!

    This baby is done!

    First off, thanks again to G.Skill for sponsoring the RAM in this build
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    Got the wet works all plumbed up. Started off nice and easy lol


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    Then moved on to the slightly more complicated, but not too hard (bottom left).
    Saved the top piece for last. It had to go up and around the center support and back to the Res.


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    Leak testing for a while. Nothing on this side leaked.


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    On this side, however, the res cap leaked (top), and when I was messing around with that, one of the angle fittings off the pump leaked.
    I took it apart and seated the end cap and replaced the fitting, just in case.


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    Last little touch was to make these little leather pads to glue to the feet.
    Wouldn’t want the feet to go scratching the desk :)


    That’s it for the final updates. Next will be the completed pictures!



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  20. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    Very nice work. From the front it looks like a little Victorian space heater of some sort, and I like that.
     

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