Jeffrey Stephenson

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  1. Clean Slate

    Hi. My name is Jeffrey Stephenson. I have been a member of these forums since 2004. I design and build custom computers as a hobby in my retirement. This my 7th Cooler Master mod contest placing a first (2009) and a third (2011). This build forgoes the single monolithic design of a modern computer case. Instead, each major air-cooled PC component has its own cover. The birds-eye maple plinth encloses the motherboard, storage drive and wiring. The slate gray painted covers are ventilated with architectural stainless steel mesh. The PC components are all small form factor mid-range gaming parts. Submitted photos:
  2. Clean Slate

    Thanks Warren! It was the most fun I've had doing this hobby and I hope it shows that. There are a lot of great projects in this year's contest and I'm both proud and humbled to be among them. Good luck to all!
  3. Final Submissions Open!

    I submitted 800 x 600 intentionally. I thought people might like to know exactly why they were having so much trouble. That's all. In past years 800 x 600 was the max resolution. Good luck!
  4. Final Submissions Open!

    What? You mean to quote someone else?
  5. Final Submissions Open!

    My submission worked but I sent small 800 x 600 photos. I'm guessing that sending large photos at the 5MB size limit isn't working out real well.
  6. Final Submissions Open!

    I wouldn't assume anything. It would be nice to know which one of the slots is the main photo. All of my photos are "full build" photos and I don't want them to decide which is best. Good luck! I want to know which upload slot is for the main photo and if it will be cropped to a square to fit your gallery?
  7. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Looking awesome Brian. What material are you carving up for the seat?
  8. Final Submissions Open!

    Hey Drew. How do you know which photo ends up being the main photo?
  9. The "Woobox"

    Great project! I love the layered wood look. What kind of finish are you using on the wood?
  10. Maker Theater: The small things (SUBMITTED)

    Great project. Love the detail. Good to hear that you are going to finish on time.
  11. Clean Slate

    Thanks! You have a great project going on. Very creative.
  12. Clean Slate

    Final Photos:
  13. Clean Slate

    Matching black I/O
  14. Clean Slate

    Specifications: Skylake i3-6320 CPU H110 Micro-ATX motherboard GTX 960 4GB video card Air cooled CPU heatsink w/ detached fan 8GB DDR4 system memory 1TB SSD 350W SFX power supply The contest qualifying product. A Cooler Master Blade Master 92 shown installed.
  15. Just Wood (is done!)

    Looks like it was a fun project to work on. Great job Evgen.
  16. Clean Slate

    Thanks Evgen! I appreciate that. It is different for sure.
  17. Clean Slate

    First coat of Slate Gray paint applied. Instead of the stock attached 120mm CPU heatsink fan I'm using an detached 92mm fan. This is the construction of the decorative fan mounting system. Painting continues with 2nd and 3rd coats. Cleat for power supply cover is placed on deck top. The PSU is the only component that I can place wherever I think is best for the design. Decided against using a modular PSU because a hard-wired unit is just a simpler solution for this application. Cut a hole in the deck top based on smallest hole possible to pass the wiring harness through. Threaded harness through hole. Checked clearances with cover installed. The aluminum finned decorative end cover hides the wiring. I use an industrial paint that contains real aluminum paste. First step in assembly is to mount the PSU after threading the wiring harness through the access. Next, the motherboard power connectors are threaded back up through the panel. This has to be done before mounting the motherboard.
  18. Clean Slate

    The PSU box fabrication at 90% Pile of wood becomes.... Decorative cover for the PSU cables. The three principal elements are the CPU, GPU and PSU Boxes. Back of the memory box. Front 24-pin ATX power connector cover. Cover was built solid then the indent to clear the connector was carved out with a razor knife. Memory box at 90%.
  19. Clean Slate

    Work on GPU box. This at about 50%. 27 pieces of wood and counting. At 80% complete, 43 pieces of wood Again, built tightly around a mounting cleat. Close-up of I/O plate side. The opening will be made larger but for now it makes just enough room to clear the ports. Slot above it is for sliding in the top mesh. A plug will eventually fill this in. Stainless steel mesh is cut using a Dremel cut-off wheel. The wood below the top vent still needs to be cut out. The temporary slots for mounting the front and side mesh panels are on the bottom edge. Something like this. GPU cooling air in and immediately out. Although it might look like the mesh is all the same, the top and front panels have slightly smaller "hole" sizes. Smaller mesh for smaller panels produces an intentional optical illusion.
  20. Clean Slate

    Finished veneering around the sides and I/O panel. Started work on the CPU cooler box. This is about half done. Finished fabrication except for a top cap that will seal the mesh inside. I need to keep the mesh removable while I finish painting the interior and other stuff like auditioning other styles of mesh. The box was built tightly around a cleat that will act as the mounting point. All four of the boxes will have a similar friction fit mounting system. Something like this.
  21. Clean Slate

    Cut a bottom panel out of 1/8" 3-ply birch plywood. The bottom edge is veneered in maple with beveled corners. I handmade these corner guides by using sandpaper to form the 3/4 circle portion. The corners are all 90s. Corner supports are made aided by the guides. Each corner support has an embedded threaded metal insert. Each foot is made up of four components. Neoprene bumper w/embedded washer and a stainless steel 8-32 screw. Bottom panel removal is accomplished by removing the feet.
  22. Clean Slate

    Trimmed the case top to size and prepared it for veneering. Motherboard mounting stud with nylon spacer. Screwhead of stud on reverse is leveled with wood filler. Prepare the clamping boards. Two pieces of veneer are taped together using special veneering tape. This tape is water activated. When it drys the tape shrinks drawing the two veneer edges together tightly. Clamping or as I call it "bringing the pain". Trimmed out the "holes" in the veneer and added a back to the I/O cover. Added several courses of wood criss-crossing the ends like Lincoln Logs (ask your grandfather). Doing this creates the sides of the case. The last course is a half course creating a ledge all around the perimeter. The bottom panel of the case will sit down into this. Fit the motherboard to check clearances. The CPU cooler support bracket is temporarily taped into place. The bracket is the lowest point so the sides had to be built up enough to clear it. I want to keep this part of the case as slim as possible.
  23. Clean Slate

    Traced out I/O plate port openings for the graphics card. Cut out port openings using a drill and jewelers files. Stainless steel architectural mesh.
  24. Clean Slate

    Project Worklog: Taped together a dozen or so 3 x 5 index cards so that they form around the shapes. Transferred the template to 1/8" 7-ply birch plywood. These openings were cut out with a razor knife and wood file. Motherboard mounted to the underside of the plywood with components sticking up through the top.