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Jeffrey Stephenson

Clean Slate

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Cut a bottom panel out of 1/8" 3-ply birch plywood. 

 

 

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The bottom edge is veneered in maple with beveled corners. 

 


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I handmade these corner guides by using sandpaper to form the 3/4 circle portion. The corners are all 90s.

 


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Corner supports are made aided by the guides.

 


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Each corner support has an embedded threaded metal insert.

 

 

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Each foot is made up of four components. 

 


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Neoprene bumper w/embedded washer and a stainless steel 8-32 screw.

 


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Bottom panel removal is accomplished by removing the feet.

 


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Finished veneering around the sides and I/O panel.

 

 

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Started work on the CPU cooler box. This is about half done.

 

 

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Finished fabrication except for a top cap that will seal the mesh inside.

 


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I need to keep the mesh removable while I finish painting the interior and other stuff like auditioning other styles of mesh.

 


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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.

 

 

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Something like this.

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Work on GPU box. This at about 50%.

 


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27 pieces of wood and counting.

 


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At 80% complete, 43 pieces of wood

 


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Again, built tightly around a mounting cleat.

 


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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. 

 


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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.

 


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Something like this. GPU cooling air in and immediately out.

 


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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.

 


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The PSU box fabrication at 90%

 

 

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Pile of wood becomes....

 

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Decorative cover for the PSU cables.

 

 

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The three principal elements are the CPU, GPU and PSU Boxes. 

 

 

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Back of the memory box.

 


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Front

 


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24-pin ATX power connector cover.

 


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Cover was built solid then the indent to clear the connector was carved out with a razor knife.

 


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Memory box at 90%.

 

 

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First coat of Slate Gray paint applied.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Painting continues with 2nd and 3rd coats.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Decided against using a modular PSU because a hard-wired unit is just a simpler solution for this application.

 

 

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Cut a hole in the deck top based on smallest hole possible to pass the wiring harness through.

 

 

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Threaded harness through hole.

 

 

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Checked clearances with cover installed. The aluminum finned decorative end cover hides the wiring.

 

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 I use an industrial paint that contains real aluminum paste. 

 


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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.


 

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Very interesting conception! I like that project. Realy nice!

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On March 13, 2017 at 2:55 AM, Evgen said:

Very interesting conception! I like that project. Realy nice!

Thanks Evgen! I appreciate that. It is different for sure. :)

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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

 

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The contest qualifying product. A Cooler Master Blade Master 92 shown installed.

 

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