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  1. its not that i am running out of time, its due exams at school i am late posting updates, no more worklogs, just whats necessarily. Current standing, a working desk although limited (no cardreader,water cooling, optical drive, or paint on the motherboard tray) Before i made a entry i promised the mods not to show any work of 2012. i kept that promise. until now.the desk was never made to float in the air. The drawer parts complete the desk, the top sits on them, following the same curves.Yes the desk itself can stand alone although that was never the intention. i hope this clairify's that and wont get me disqualified. (the drawers are a mere add-on) maybe ill fix some problems and post other pics befor jan 31. but so now this is what i have:
  2. Thanks, taking pictures, post processing them in Lightroom, exporting, resizing uploading, writing urls. especialy writing the update takes a lot of time i am running behind schedule for posting updates, because right now my desk is almost finished. i have a little catching up to do. The motherboard tray was made, i was curious if the pc would still rune fine after 1/2 year being disassembled the gpu is now upside down, in the final build it will be fan upwards. at least everything worked fine. a little jump in time, i painted the wood desk parts white, it was time for the rear panel.things had to be cut to length, at least the height matched. cutting the sides to length: the top panel was a little to big though thats better the local glass store delived my 8mm hardend sheet. i couldn't wait to see how it would fit not perfect, but good enough, and its better to leave a small gap for temperature expansion anyway. a quick assembly, with leds: after the tray was in place i found out some cables were too short, for instance the gpu cable. i could buy a extension cable, but why not make my own? step 1 removing the insulation (i used a pair of scissors) wires are always stubborn when soldering, i used the scissors for keeping them together too. the psu cable was a little longer now heatshrinks are important, a short circuit wont give any power to the psu. a finished cable: more electronics, I've bought some switches 4 holes had to be made finding the center: marking the margins i also marked holes for the fan controller some adjustments had to be made to make it fit filling up the small gaps with filler preparing the external cardreader for internal use applying more filler no more gaps the panel in white base coat:
  3. making some aluminium panels for the sides cross cuts for better removal of the inner material and glue it into place: finally some industrial material: steel. i wanted to make my own motherboard tray i had to bend it manually into shape, i had no machines to do it for me the method is not that great, the radius is far too big i did cut 2 planks at a angle, much better for bending sheets cutting the IO shied holder rough edges and the second bend time for motherboard spacers, first i put tape on the surface for easy marking punching the marks, for better drilling tapping motherboard fits
  4. Although i used paint to stick the 2 parts together, i also used screws. now the surface has holes. Some polyester putty did the job of filling those holes. smooth when unmixed after sanding: the edges of the desk were sharp, not confortable. there was a solution: added some extra putty to hide the gap between layers its starts to look good borders are sticking out: some ledstrips to light up the inner desk part looks realy nice and i painted the top part shiny black more ledstrips on the front: heatshrinks
  5. I wanted to have the top of the desk a "quality" feeling. Just made from wood, wouldt cut it (pun intended) the top had to be made of a heavier and denser material: hard plastic. small impurities from the wood are visible while milling. dont mistake this for wood sawdust, it really is plastic! i had to make spacers to keep the distance even i put some holes in the plastic so i could screw the pieces in their temporarily place. movement is bad while milling i put some tape on the surface to make the milling a little bit smoother the front has been milled i hade to make my own guide for milling the sides. outer shape looks fine: even after dark i continued milling: still a little rough in the corners: the 2 parts had to become one, so i did a little sanding: put some paint,yes realy paint!! remember how sticky it is after 30 minutes and it has the right color the paint was squeezed out by pressure:
  6. the plexi arc (the front panel) needed a support: i forgot there was a angle, now there is a gap filling the gap is easy: its a arc, and at a angle so the supports needed to be cut(miter?) in a special way add glue: a mount for the plexi time to cut the plexi: i also pained the bottom gray, but i am not satisfied by the result, ill guess ill make it black time for another part: the top, its a special part since its the most visible one. the shape consisist of a lage radius arc and two smaller arcs on the edges the diameter of the big acr was to large for a single plank so id had to combine two. drilling a hole: fits nicely i also needed to make room, so id could start milling the workpiece is secured into position. i dont want any movements while milling time to go milling: halfway there: the big radius was finished, so now i could mill the 2 smaller ones for visualising the size of the window i placed the motherboard on the wood using wooden planks as guides for milling done
  7. Another part had to be made: the bottom plate, it will be made out of acrylic , and bend into shape. the front is at a angle, so the mould has to be to: as u can see only the left and right side have a angle the mid part is flat the sheet of acryllic had arrived: the mould was not finished yet, the side had to be at a angle too: some sandpaper to make everything nice and smooth: now i can start bending it into shape using hot air: the main frame needed some extra support for the base plate: and a cutout for the flat part: i bought the acrylic sheet a with margins, now the sheet has to be cut to size: my coat was coverd in sawdust: and so was the machine: some screws to hold it in place: as u can see the sheet is dull, i used sandpaper to roughen up the surface, i needed to apply paint the first layer of base paint was ready
  8. a aluminium profile was needed to secure the PSU in place there was airflow needed to get the hot air out of the center by the psu's i drawed the outline onto a square piece of wood drilled some holes: not much later: times 2 time to put the pieces in place: now the other side had to be made, first the inner side and the outher side too pre-drilling: and add some screws to hold it tight almost done:
  9. When the placement of the hdd bay was determined i needed to secure its position. So i made a couple op brackets: the hole -layout is the same as a normal 5.25" drive. i looked up the form factor spec sheet and made a drawing on my pc and printed it at 1:1 magnification pasted it on the the aluminium : and drilled the holes on the right spot: i tested it on a 5.25" drive, it did fit perfectly: the hdd bay could now be fastened altough there needs to be room for the side panel: suddenly something wet came out the skies: i moved the workpiece inside the house, where i added the second bracket: and filled the gap between the hdd bay and the side panel almost done, the 2 psu's and the hdd bay had a location
  10. Hi, my name is Frank van Dijk. Last year i also participated in the contest but never finished. I Made a Drawer extensions for the desk, but never the actual desk itself. I contacted the mods, and I can enter this contest as long as I only post material that was made this year. a new scratch build. i will forget about the old one. For the lack of a better name my desk is called "industrial desk" because it will have a (somewhat) industrial look to it. Whit metal exterior like aluminium. The design. As u can see i wanted something modern, different than those square desks. Also the motherboard will be at a slight angle rather than flat to the bottom. I needed space for the Power supply unit but also for a 3 *hotswap bay. Because it will also will contain my server/Nas. I wanted to be able to swap hard drives without having to dismantle the desk. Thats why there is a small block sticking out of the rear. first update As whit all scratch build i needed material first. one sheet of 18mm thick plywood to be precise. that would be more then enough to support the desk I started building the rear end of the desk. The guide was helpful for cutting in straight lines. then i cut the corners. and this is the result ( i made 2 of them) Unfortunately, i forgot to correct for the thickness of the blade so one part was 2mm short. i placed a anti-static bag in between so i would not glue the 2 together when i add a little glue add some glue: thats better Then i needed to plan where i would place the hotsway bay. The best way is by having the part and align it visualy. So i had to take apart the server (it has been quite a time) in the meantime a added some walls to the part i removed the harddrives and the front now i had the psu and drive bay i could move the parts into the best location end of update one. the next one will follow soon ( as it is November i made quite a bit of progress, so i have a lot of material that needs to be published.)
  11. it has been a while since the last update, i did continue the build,although its nowhere near finished. ill post the progress made so far, in a short version. now the front panels were made i could start on the 2 wooden cases its not finished, i am working on it.
  12. more pictures of the front parts: i also received the handles bij mail drilling the holes and now whith handles attached time for paint! after primer,sanding,layer one,sanding layer 1, layer2
  13. 2nd update it about time to bend and glue the wood. 1. make sure everything is quickly accessible, because the glue dries quickly now i can start spreading the glue over the sheet of wood: done i lay the 2 sheet on top of each other and inserted it the glue did set over night, resulting in the correct shape these parts will not be painted, but instead covererd whith HPL (high presure laminate) like most furniture cutting it to size, its a litte larger than the workpiece, so i can trim the unwanted edges later to glue the hpl i use contact glue, its commonly used fot this application, apply both parts u want to glue, let the glue set for 15 minutes and than lay the hpl on the workpiece. here we have the contact glue the sheet of hpl turned upside down after applying glue and the workpiece secured into place trimming the edges
  14. the first update one of the first things that had to me made are the curved fronts, here i have a picture: it will be made from 2 lage square layers of (bend)plywood glued together, and then cut to size. in order to make such thing, i had to make a a mold(?) first. i will create one "master model" to mill multiple sheets to the correct radius, the second reason is that i cant do it without. if i use a guide with a fixed radius to mill the wood and go beyond the the point where the radius is smaller i wound cut necessarily material (1) if i mill 2) it would't harm first things first, i needed a guide for the milling machine, unfortunately most wood planks/sheets are 2,25 meter and i needed 2.5Meter. 2 planks combined did the job: everything secured in place: i need to cut in stage, stage 1 after stage 2, and stage 3: now i need to mill the smaller radius on the edges finished: now i could start milling the sheets required for the mold: 1 and 2 are done, so one 1 still left finished: i only use 1/2 of them, now i have 6x shape instead of 3 i cut one side so all the shapes have equal distance: created notches for the clams and fastened it to a base plate a small test+ to preform the wood a litte bit:
  15. Hi everyone, I'm mrc4nl, 20 years old and this will be my first decent scratchbuild.i've made a wooden case before, it did suit my needs, made it look special. though the build quality was low, and the case was very impractical to use.i have this case for almost 2 years now, and more and more i was upset by the limitations: after i saw the pictures of L3p's desk, i made my choise: i wanted to build a desk.the basics will be the same, but i didn't want to copy the whole desk, instead i wanted to implement my vision, and suit it to my needs: to store objects inside, rather then the mess around my desk, like it is now: i study mechanical engineering, so i use CAD to make a model. after a few models, i created the final one in Solidworks. every panel as a part. there will be plenty of storage space: 6 drawers, 3 on each side. on top of them there will be a metal "case". i haven't figured out the interior of the metal case, that will come eventually. what i can say is there will be water cooling note: the colors are random picked, the real one will be different thats all for now