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Scratch Build – In Progress Zv2 Desk

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Zondorf, 5 Aug 2019.

  1. Zondorf

    Zondorf Member

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    So I built a Custom Desk for myself a couple of years ago.


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    It worked somewhat well but wasn't easy to work on, change components and ran slightly higher temps than a regular gaming chassis but hey it looks cool, right?

    Anyways I decided it was time to build something new and push the build further than the last one.

    After a couple of hours planning and drawing on autocad 3D I came up with this design.


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    Rendered.


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    I'm undecided on the color scheme that I will end up running but I rendered in those colors since I liked the look of it.


    I decided to build the bin (major component compartment) out of alloy as I have never really worked with it before and thought it will make for an interesting challenge.


    First thing was to cut the bin on the plasma.
    I decided on using 2mm General Grade Aluminium.


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    Then finished the bending and test fitted the first 360 Rad to ensure everything lines up correctly.


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    After cutting and bending I noticed that 2mm was probably a bit too thin and 3mm would've likely been a far better choice.

    Then I added some more components after cutting and bending the separator plate.


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    Then it was time to start the main standing structure which is to be built out of 50x1.6mm MS Square Tubing


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    Attached the bin to the legs to check the height and ensure there will be sufficient strength in the main structure.


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    I had to add some strengthening beams underside the bin as the Alloy is a LOT softer than I anticipated.


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    Next was to manufacture the false floors for both sides of the bins, the purpose of which is for cable management.

    I added the cut outs for the standard fan connectors as to hide all fan cables.


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    No fan cable in sight.


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    Next up is to weld the bin and main structure up completely and then move on to component mounting, I still need to get my hands on a old PC case which I can strip for a donor case for the IO plate and Motherboard tray.


    More to follow
     
  2. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

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    You broke out a laser cutter & 3mm sheet aluminium -- I think a certain colonial user with a primate avatar may need some ... "personal time"... after reading this thread. :D
     
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Who?
    Great stuff. Also, there's this guide. I've always just dropped a dead board in and traced the hole pattern and stuff. An old mobo tray will look odd in your desk too.
     
  4. Jeff Hine

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    No idea, tbh... o_O ; only seen 'em once or twice & seeing any mention 'heavy modding gear' seemed to be something they got excited about.
     
  5. Zondorf

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    Thanks I will look into this, since I already have a false floor in it can double as the motherboard tray.
     

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