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 Post subject: Project: Ligneous
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:11 pm 
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My latest mod. I was bored with this old Gateway tower I was using for a server. So after finding some oak and taking the tower apart and figuring out a mounting method this mod begun. I happen to really enjoy working with wood. It is easy to use, yet has its own quirks. I love the contrast between hard wood and metal, it is very modern and clean if built properly. Before some one asks about the name here you go. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ligneous

Before the mod started. As you can see I already mounted steel casters on the bottom of the case. I didn't think anyone would mind not having any pictures.
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The workspace. :D
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The wood after it was trimmed to size planned to .5 of an inch and glued. Originally, this wood was cut for a floor in my house. These were the left overs.
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It calls...
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Finished cutting the optical drive bays.
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A bit of a problem, at least it was expected. ;) The ones that need less trimming are plastic, the other is going to be a problem because it is steel.
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Finished with the plastic side panels.
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Removing the fan grill. I will clean the edges better another time.
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Drilling out the new mounting holes for the aluminum side vent. I still need to sand blast the vent, it was scrap in my garage.
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Time to start finishing the wood. I hand sanded at 220 grit for a nice smooth surface and then finished with Minwax water based polyurethane for floors. It has a very attractive satin finish, and turns very hard to protect the wood.
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One coat.
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Finished. (3 coats)
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Time to mount the front panel. I am using 6-32 machine screws and tap. later I am going to get pan head stainless screws to make it look better.
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I was going to tap these rivets but they just ended up spinning to much.
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Then I moved to empty space between the optical drives. I used a 3/32nd drill bit and a 6-32 tap.
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Finished with the mounting.
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Back to the side panel. :) Please note the safety glasses and hearing protection. Please if you are working with these tools, wear them!
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Remember that lip on the metal side panel. Well it is gone now. I cut it off with the jigsaw and then cleaned it up with the angle grinder. But in the mean time. I cut through the spot welds holding on the panel. I expected that. Sorry I have no pictures of the process, I cant grind and photograph at the same time. :(
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Finished for today. Notice the oak case against my maple floor. ;) What a nice contrast.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:29 am 
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Pretty basic mod, but still the look is really nice.

I know you've got a Slot 1 proc in there but was just wondering if it was a P2 or one of the first P3s.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:57 am 
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nice!

I love oak, we have tons of it in our house.

I like General Finishes and Sherwin Williams stains and topcoats myself, they seem to take better.

did you do anything special to the oak before staining like a preconditioner? any issues with the water based stuff raising the grain or anything?

say, where are the power and reset switches? did I miss something?


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ScoopsterRi wrote:
Pretty basic mod, but still the look is really nice.

I know you've got a Slot 1 proc in there but was just wondering if it was a P2 or one of the first P3s.
This is my franken rig. It had a 550MHz katamia P3, them I upgraded to a 600MHz P3E that will do 840Mhz. Hence the passive P2 cooler modded into a active P3 cooler. :D

I'm glad you like the mod. :D


CharBroiled wrote:
nice!

I love oak, we have tons of it in our house.

I like General Finishes and Sherwin Williams stains and topcoats myself, they seem to take better.

did you do anything special to the oak before staining like a preconditioner? any issues with the water based stuff raising the grain or anything?

say, where are the power and reset switches? did I miss something?
I have had no problems with the water based sealers. I use that same minwax sealer on 7000 square feet of hard wood floors, and it is holding up great. No problems with raising grain.

The power and reset switches are going to be on the bottom of the case. ;)

I'm glad you like it.


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NukeULater wrote:

CharBroiled wrote:
nice!

I love oak, we have tons of it in our house.

I like General Finishes and Sherwin Williams stains and topcoats myself, they seem to take better.

did you do anything special to the oak before staining like a preconditioner? any issues with the water based stuff raising the grain or anything?

say, where are the power and reset switches? did I miss something?
I have had no problems with the water based sealers. I use that same minwax sealer on 7000 square feet of hard wood floors, and it is holding up great. No problems with raising grain.

The power and reset switches are going to be on the bottom of the case. ;)

I'm glad you like it.


good to know about that sealer. I plan on refinishing our oak floors in the next year or two and its good to have 1st hand opinions.

I like the switches being under it for the uncluttered look.

do you plan on making oak front plates for the opticals? that would look sweet.


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WTF? You have granite counter tops on a work bench? :lol:


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CharBroiled wrote:
good to know about that sealer. I plan on refinishing our oak floors in the next year or two and its good to have 1st hand opinions.

I like the switches being under it for the uncluttered look.

do you plan on making oak front plates for the opticals? that would look sweet.
The optical drives are going to be steathed with either aluminum or plexiglass. I'm not sure yet.

For a heads up, that Minwax sealer hardens into a plastic like surface. It also dries very quickly so make sure you work fast.


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WTF? You have granite counter tops on a work bench? :lol:


bet they are pretty tough I mean honestly what is he gonna do to them?


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WTF? You have granite counter tops on a work bench? :lol:
Dooders, its a cheap counter top I bought. It is a plastic surface over plywood. ;)


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whathuhitwasntme wrote:
Spider Monkey wrote:
WTF? You have granite counter tops on a work bench? :lol:


bet they are pretty tough I mean honestly what is he gonna do to them?


Granite scratches hella easy.


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NukeULater wrote:
Spider Monkey wrote:
WTF? You have granite counter tops on a work bench? :lol:
Dooders, its a cheap counter top I bought. It is a plastic surface over plywood. ;)


Ahhhh. You tricky dickey. :lol:


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