this a copy and paste of my worklog over at ocn where i frequent. thought i would share it with you guys and if i can figure out how to. submit it for mod of the month.
this is my first complete case build. im doing it mainly for a scholarship and it will be sold when i am done with the competition.i figured since i took so many pictures why not share the process.its still not done, i have to add the second section on the bottom to make into a frog terrarium. hope you enjoy and please leave feedback.
had the CAD files cut at a granite shop. had them cut outside the line to eliminate the radius.
rough cuts that i did at school using a table saw.
doing final cuts on another table saw with a reversed dado planer blade. got a VERY nice smooth edge from this.
making the round ends on the drive cages slots. (the drill press is homemade, even cast his own parts)
close up on the drill press.
had my girlfriends dad do some really precision cuts on the bandsaw. he is amazing at precision cuts for the drive and IO panel
drilling out the screw holes on the motherboard XD scary for me, he held it while i took a pic.
first fit of the finished drive cage. lost the pictures but i cut the slots using a dremel and a plastic cutter.
little mounting bracket i made instead of just throwing some long screws in there.
first wall fit, getting ready to drill and thread all the holes
drilling the holes.
threading the holes.
the finished walls.
getting ready to attach the walls to the bottom
pinning the drive cage to the walls and bottom. its 1/4 so i used some 4-40 screws. really small. hard to thread.
threading the drive cage
hinges at the back of the case after doing a camer on the table saw to allow movement.
finished and pieced together for the most part.
testing of hardware when i first got it.
made it to state competition in its first form and taking my school to state
in this form i doubt it wasnt even close to done. you thought i was done
got me a big fat trophy and a medal as well as a alot of attention. hope to blow them out of the water at the state level after this evolution.
started working on the animal cage portion of it yesterday and while im waiting on the silicone to dry i thought i would give yall some updates.
this is where whatever creature i decide to buy will live its life
i plan on adding some air holes around the top edge.
nasty silicone. this is first time ive ever worked with it and i hate it! it sticks to everything. some got on my gfs leg
after all the excess that squeezed out dries i will be trimming it off and it wont look like a big booger hanging off the edges.
Back with some more updates. been getting along with it slowly but its complete for the most part. just need to get some guitar case style latches and the hamster/hedgehog/creature.
This is a unique idea i came up. earth magnets. half inch on bottom of top shown here that match some smaller 1/8th in earth magnets on the top of the bottom. these automatically center the computer over the animal enclosure and eliminate the need for aligning pesky corners.
I hated doing this....sooooo much. drilling out 69! i counted! 69 air 1/4 holes through 1/2 inch plexi so the little creature can breath. i spent about 1 1/2 hours doing this alone.
heres what the holes looked like after i was done.
here we go guys. $900 down the road and tons of sweat and recently being bitten. im finally done with my htpc/hamster cage
this is herbie and uhh.....help me make up a name for the all black one in the wheel.
this is with the system turned on. remember this is going in a competition where people think "lights make your computer faster!" still looks cool though with the frosted acrylic edges and blue light.
the next pics will be of the finished product and state competition pictures. supposed to be some interesting competitors there.
motherboard: jetway knc62k integrated geforce 8200 for high def playback, even dual monitors onboard
ram: 2gb mushkin redline 800mhz
cpu:athalon x2 5800+
hdd:200gb samsung (snagged from work
fan/temp guage: aerocool controller
fans: 3 antec tri-cools.