Hello everyone, I've been planning a scratch build for some time, and the time I had off over Christmas was just what I needed to get the ball rolling. I've built PC's for the last 16 years or so, but they've always used off the shelf cases. This time I'm making one because I want something nice to look at - well, nice to me anyway. I have a workshop that I bought nearly three years ago, and I'm all tooled up so it's time to make something a bit larger than I usually do. I've inherited a load of wood - my dad was going to build a boat but never got around to it, so I now have a load of wood waiting for me to do something with it and I've been trying to decide what to do for some time with a couple of the larger chunks (and I do mean large - 2" thick, 7' long by 2' wide). Here's the rough plan in Sketchup... The rear of the desk opens as shown in the following image... The space at the back of the desk is more than enough to get all sorts of stuff in - my main pre-requisites are that I can keep everything out of the way, minimise the number of cables and let the beauty of the wood show through. This PC isn't being used for gaming by the way - it's actually my main "work" machine (I work as a computer contractor, sometimes from home), so the specs are fairly modest as I don't need to include watercooling. I also don't need vast amounts of disk storage as I have a server at home with several TB's free (that contains all my music collection too which is streamed around the house), so I've decided that this will be my first all SSD machine. As it's not used for gaming I'll just be using on-board graphics too. That doesn't mean I don't want it to be cool - I'm planning a couple of nifty features, keep posted for those. All of the desk is hardwood - the wood coloured parts in the images are from Iroko, the legs and braces are Meranti. I don't unfortunately have enough Iroko of the right dimensions to make the whole thing from it, and as Meranti is all I have for the legs I'm going to stain them to contrast with the Iroko, hopefully in a nice way! There are a couple of other pre-requisites for the desk. My office at home is in the basement, so the desk must come to pieces as otherwise I'll never get it in there. It needs to be deep - I like my monitors to be at least at arms length, preferably a little further. The rough size of the top will be 1900mm * 800mm. Anyhow, enough words, the next post will contain some real pictures.