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[Scratch Build] The Sanctum

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Hi guys.

I'm in need of a workbench, a place where I can focus dealing with electronics and modding.

The design of this bench is inspired by classic bureaus with a folding deskop. When opened, it reveals the inside; a perfect workspace for me as a hobby electrician and computer modder. It will store all the tools and equipment needed, and most of the stuff will be integrated into the furniture itelf somehow(soldering iron, multimeter etc) In the heart of Sanctum I will install a water cooled m-itx system based on my needs. The desk will also host a pop-up hidden 24" LCD display, using a linear actuator lift from within the construction. With its 25 pull-out drawers, it's also a great storage unit for all of my smaller electronics and tools.


I will start building next week. Until then, here are some simple skecthes...

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Hardware:

MB: ASRock H77M-ITX
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GPU: Zotac 670 AMP!
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HDD & SSD: 1 TB Samsung and 240GB Corsair
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RAM: Corsair Dominators
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PSU: Cooler Master modular V700
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CPU block: Alphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light - Acetal Edition
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Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 120mm
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Pump: Alphacool VPP655 with plexi top
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Res: Alphacool Cape Corp Bullseye
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Slim slot-in disk unit
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A decent soundsystem
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For the hidden pop-up monitor I'll use this 12V Linear actuator
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And a Samsung 24" screen
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Been starting on some of the basic woodwork, cutting pieces and veneering. Quite boring this process actually, but I'll get my fun real soon =)

The wood I'll use for this build is ash and walnut combined.

First, cutting some 19mm MDF with slices of ash added.

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Cutting and planing the veneer pieces. Yep, there's lots of them...

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After gluing under pressure.

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One of the side panel's getting ready for some veneer.

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For the main worktop I've made a part in ash, embedded into the MDF. But more about that later...

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Worktop ready for veneer.

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Cut some walnut pieces for the feet. These are going through the lathe later on.

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And here's a key lock mechanism. I'm going to mod it some...

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I will replace this part later on... But I don't want to spoil everything right now =)

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//Quizz

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Update:

The construction for the 25 drawers test mounted.

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These are two of four feet made in the lathe

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Here's that unfolding desk in progress. Two 8mm MDF pieces glued together, then a LED strip added.

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The warm yellow LEDs will make a light show inside the window, from the outside.

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Inside the window I'll have walnut, and so I added a 6mm MDF piece with a sheet of walnut veneer on top of the rest...

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Here's the cables from the LED list...

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And here's the great part of this construction. The cables are now being covered by a ash piece.

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After that, veneer on both sides...

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I had to get rid of the veneer covering the circular window with a sharp scalpel.

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Then it was time to make a hole for the locking mechanism, and thereby hopefully also find the cables I hid inside.

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And there the are... Had to be careful not to ruin the cables when milling the hole.

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Cables pulled out

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For the drawers I'll use 6mm birch ply... 25 drawers are a lot of material!!

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I'm going to use golden velvet for the bottom of the drawers... Though about classic green cloth first, but it's always fun to try something new.

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I cut two 8mm thin sheets of walnut and started on the inner panels. After some laser cutting I used a milling tool with a very small bearing. I wanted a small profile, getting rid of that "lasercut touch".

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Much better...

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Here are the panels in whole. Will go into details later on...

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//Quizz

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Cut the hole for the pop-up monitor and made a cover piece. For the cover piece it's ideal to find a piece of veneer that blends in. Not perfect, but I'm pretty close I think.

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Close up

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Started on the box making for the drawes. I need 25, so it will take some time I guess...

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First boxed glued.

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When all wood work is done, time for some staining... I picked up some samples from the local hardware store. I chose to do a mix between these two for the perfect patina look

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Not too red, not too gloomy. Perfect! Starting with the bottom piece.

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Here's the bureau stained with everything glued together. Very happy with the result!

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Just a little close up of beautiful grains.

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I made the knobs for the drawers from a 12mm brass round bara.

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Here are 25 drawer knobs plus some additional ones for the tech panels

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Thanks man!!! 

 

Update:

 

Been working a lot the last couple of weeks now. I would say this piece will be finished by next week, hopefully.

 

I decided to remake all the 25 chest drawers. That's a lot of work, but I didn't like the ply ones. Made them from birch this time, and a little thicker as well. Here are the materials cut out.

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One box glued together.

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Finished drawer with front in walnut. Also ditched the brass knobs, and made small holes instead this time. A bit more playful...

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Then I made a mount for the monitor and the linear actuator. Alu, just very simple...

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Test mounted. Seem to do the trick!

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I made a mount for PSU and the 360 rad. Acrylic lasecut, pretty simple, but I like it =) 

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Another angle.

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This is how I mounted disks and pump

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And here's the MB+GPU mounted, as well as the James Bond styled monitor lift. Pretty tight fit with all those drawers. Yikes!

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Here are the parts for the locking mechanism mod. It's going to serve not only as a lock, but also as a light switch. Very unique! I lasercut an acrylic clone of the original steel plate and made two small conductive plates for +&-

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This is after gluing and sanding...


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This is where I am right now, working on the tech panels. More about these later...

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Over and out!

//Quizz

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Update:

 

A multimeter will be handy when working. I made an analog one for the tools panel, 0-20V.

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Two cross layers of veneer and some gold paint. Smack! 

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Making of the speakers. Simple ones, with some sound attenuating material

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Finished...

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And mounted!

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This is how the front looks like when the lid is closed. A solar system in gold, just like my ol' Sputnik computer. A circular window in brass will be added tomorrow for the final touch.

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Close up of the end grain keyhole... Quite nice I think.

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And this is now, dealing with electronics for the panels. Here's the res and amp mounted.

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Later!

//Quizz

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Last update before finals:

 

My soldering iron is going to be given a special built in stand with magnets, and for that I made some delicate brass parts in the lathe

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Assembled!

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I made a leaktest and used my panel fillport. As you can see I changed the panels a bit...

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It's finished, and I'm into the photobooth. So how many hrs did I put into building this one?... I calculated it into almost 900! :clap: Expect finals in a few hrs! :cooldude:

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Time for finals, hope you'll enjoy!

 

THE TEMPEL

 

 

Inside is a bit messy right now, lots of electronics in there...

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Front, lid closed

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Lid opened

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Monitor lift up-up-up!

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There we go.

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With built in lighting turned on

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Another shot, in the dark

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The lock serves as a lighting switch. Turn the key, and you'll have a solar system glowing from inside the circular window.

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Close up, solar system

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Close up, end grain key hole

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The lighting reflects on the small brass domes and creates a really nice effect.

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Drawers...

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More drawers... 

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A close up of the stained ash grains.

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Behind the screen is a modular tool wall for smaller tools

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Here's the right panel. It got a built-in soldering station, analog multimeter and R speaker.

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Soldering iron inserted in stand with magnets

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Here's the multimeter in action, sort of.

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The modified soldering iron, tailored for the sake of the brass theme

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On the left panel we've got L speaker, HDMI out-in, phones input, light switch+dimmer, disk reader, fillport+res, USB 3.0 x4, amp with volume+tremble+bass, disk eject, start button and finally a switch for the monitor lift.

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Close up, res in action... The cape corp bullseye res sure is a beauty!

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And here's a little video showing monitor lift and res in action. Sorry about the quality.

 


 

 

Til next time!

//Quizz

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