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Wood Case Project

After the cube case, I realized it’s not good if you’re like me and you move every few months. I set out to make a more standard case, constructed of wood to be strong and durable. Unfortunately I didn’t take finished pics, but now that I’m past it’s use (I used it for 2 years) I still have it in my closet at home. I’ll try to take some pics next time I’m there, I’m sorry I won’t have any pics of electronics in it, but it was spectacular.

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My pristine piece of plywood!
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Radial arm saw angle 1.
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Radial arm saw blade.
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Radial arm saw angle 2.
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Gross pieces of the case I originally cut.
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Formation of the box.
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Marking the bay shelf distances on the chassy wall.
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Measuring out the width of the chassy shelves against my hard drive chassy.
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See, it fits pretty!
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Dad helped me a ton with the cutting, since I only had about a week to make it.
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From this pic, you can see the first mock up of the case.
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Front view, notice the 6 5.25 bays and the 2 3.5 bays.
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Rear view, with the power supply and the card slots, before putting the duct hole in.
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Wood split when cutting out the card slots, but I ended up ditching this piece anyway.
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The shelves between the drives were holed out for ventilation.
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How I made those holes, with a 2 inch hole saw.
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Second mock up with all the edges cleaned up.
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You can see that I cleaned up all the holes and made more chassies for the power supply and stuff.
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Another angle, it’s sweet.
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The cleaned up rear end.
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Inside of the chassy wall with the grooves and screw holes drilled.
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Detail of the 3.5 inch bay wall.
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Duct slot in the back of the case so a duct to the CPU is getting fresh air always.
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Optional plug for the duct hole, in case I don’t like the duct (which I never ended up using).
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Duct and plug.
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Detail on back of the plug.
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Side of plug.
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All pieces laid out ready for staining.
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Half on pieces. . .
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. . .and the other half.
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Beginning of the white stain process, I stained the inside white.
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The stain.
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Unnecessary picture of an intermediate point.
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Stained chassy being glued together.
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Stained wood and it’s looking good! The white really popped, and lights will reflect color from inside.
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The finishing nail gun which held the project together in conjunction with some wood glue.
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Gluing and nailing the chassy in place, using the clamps to hold stuff in place.
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2 details to notice in this pic, the 1/4 round that was used as the edging on the inside and the beginning of the border on the front to level it off.
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Bottom border on the front.
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Acrylic wall and door hinged by tape.
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Open.
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Front view with the completed border in the front with is level.
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Check the screws holding the acrylic on, and the edging inside the case which is nailed and glied down as a frame. It’s strong as heck.
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Stained edge pieces.
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Late pic of cutting the window.
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Inside pic of good frame pieces.
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More structure.
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Front structure.

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