I know it's already been done, but in my defense I actually started mine about a year and a half ago, before the Companion Cube craze had started . Anyways, I figured I'd fire off my first post to get everyone up to speed with the entire mod insofar. I'm nearing completion, and I really wanted to show it to the internet before I completely finish so I can at least leave something in a cliffhanger So.... Hi everyone. My name is Scott. I'm 16 years old and, last summer, I decided to build a Weighted Companion Cube. Computer Case. Worked all weekend to get the box built and the corner pieces cut and all the extra stuff mitered and chamfered. Descriptions will match the picture directly below them. Let's begin... Got a 4x8 sheet of MDF board and cut it roughly into thirds. Here's one of the boards all marked up to be the sides of the cube... Basic cube all nailed and glued together. I constantly had to deal with the wood splitting... The MDF board I used is made up of layers and isn't always the sturdiest material when it comes to nailing things in. Cube all sanded here and test fitting the shelf for the motherboard. Here's the setup with the scroll saw I used to cut all the chamfers and beveled edges on the corner and edge pieces. The scroll saw work was going very smoothly until I was just about finished with cutting my 5th piece, and this happened... While the scroll saw was down, I moved my work over to the table saw and started cutting all the edges for the corners on that with the blade at a 45 degree angle. Here's how those cuts look... Here you see how the table-saw was angled, and in the foreground is the stack of the corner pieces ready for beveling and angling. Using the table saw, I cut out 24 corner pieces and then laid them on the cube. I used a big dinner plate we had as a template for marking the corners... when they were all marked, I took them to the scroll saw and then cut them on the angle with the curve. The process: The result: Edge pieces were a different story. Had to use a complex little jig that I made in order to get a 2 inch piece closer to the table saw blade than my fingers... Didn't get a picture of it in time before the table saw got a hold of it and ripped it in 4 pieces Anyway, here's the template and pieces all cut and ready for scroll-saw work... The pieces had a curved edge on the front and a 45 degree cut on the back so that they can fit without a hitch with other adjacent edges. What one finished edge piece looks like... (x24) And of course the obligatory "what does it might maybe look like when all put together..." shot... You might notice in that picture than my routing job really... um.... sucks. Yeah, the routing jig slipped and the router slipped with it. Oh well, nothing a little wood-putty and some extra care won't fix Took some time off of cutting tons of stuff on the scroll saw to get to work on installing the rails I ordered... Next thing I did was sand down all the sharp edges with a band sander. Turned out very nice, the whole thing looks a lot better . You can't see a lot from far away in the picture, so here's just a close up of what it looks like... Ghetto-rigged the computer again just to install all the parts and make sure everything was in working order. After replacing the CMOS battery and battling the computer for an hour, it finally booted up to good ol' Windows I have also decided that this computer will sit in the corner of my room and fold all day long. Last thing for the weekend was to cut out the center circles on the scroll saw and then sand them down to a fine finish. I cut them at about a 34 degree angle on the scroll saw, and i think they turned out pretty nice. And I just got back from the hardware store... got some 3/4" wood screws, so I will be putting those corner and edge pieces on as soon as I can One of the things I had been anxious to get moving on was gluing all the parts on. With them all glued in place, this is what the cube looks like: Definitely what I was going for. After I had let the glue cure for 24 hours (kind of a mandatory waiting period for any glue, i would say... just to be safe), I hauled the thing down to the garage and busted out the sandpaper. Originally I had planned to use a random-orbital sander to grind down the sharp lips on the edge pieces, but with further analysis and a little testing, I found that a single piece of 150-fine grit sandpaper rubbed at alternating angles did the trick just fine, with no need to wake the neighbors at 10PM So with the corners all sanded, here's what we have: B E F O R E A F T E R Aaah, much much better. The rounded corners add a ton of dimension to the overall shape. And with hardware installed on shelves, just to get them off the carpet for now until I get painting... For the rear doors, I have not decided on a hinge yet, but I do need a hinge that will move the doors (there will be two doors opening, like the flaps on the Thermaltake Armor, except with a more... useful purpose ) out and away from the sliding shelves. When I get the money, I will definitely put a better rig into this case. It's just too nice to waste on a crappy old Compaq. I ordered a Lian Li V-Series.... power button (I know, what a letdown...) But seriously for the power switch, this is exactly what I had in mind. I don't know where I'm going to mount it yet though... hmm... Anyways, moving on. I got the first coat of lovely primer gray on all the parts of the cube that needed it. I wasn't too concerned with masking anything that didn't get painted in this round, because it will all be painted over anyways. I will mask on my next coat of paint. The corner and edge and circle pieces will be painted a lighter gray, *almost* white. I will be mixing that same color of primer gray and "Ultra Pure White." And all finished with the first and second coat of gray. This will be mildly sanded with fine grit sandpaper so I can keep all the brushmarks out of there I went to Home Depot (hopefully for the last time.. spent more money than I wanted to on this...) and got myself two pairs of spring loaded hinges, very high quality. It took me literally an hour to get it folded though. As it turns out, it needs force applied in EXACTLY the right place to fold up. Fortunately, the doors I made were perfect for this. First door hinged on... And the honest to god last thing I spent on this: A Lian-Li V-1000 Series brushed steel ATX power button. I was giddy with excitement when this arrived in the mail. But the thing about that hinge was that I needed a MASSIVE drill bit in order to drill through the case to fit it in there. This one did the trick nicely: Drilled the hole through the case now, but it needed some sanding down. For this job, I brought out the wunder-tool... teh DREMEL!!! Hole all finished and ready to accept the button. (Unfortunately, not an Aperature Science 1500 Megawatt Supercolliding Superbutton.) Button laid in. And I painted the pink stripes. As it turns out, I hate this too. My plan is to file out the slots and light the case pink from the inside. But for picture's sake, here's what it looks like painted.