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Old 03-12-18, 11:22 PM
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got a little bit more done today

made a couple of cardboard templates one for the psu mounts and one for the i/o and pci slots


made the psu mounts from some 1mm carbon fibre sheet i found laying around - i was going to make them all from metal but once these are painted you will never know

managed to get the lid marked out and cut to so lets a bit more light in now and has a fairly good view of parts inside


downside has been the workforce they always seem to be on a tea break and in the way

i was also pretty surprised about the amount of saw dust id created just from cutting the wood and routing a few bits out

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Old 04-12-18, 11:25 AM
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Love to see a proper build log!
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Old 04-12-18, 03:22 PM
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Ahh, piles of MDF dust. I can still smell that smell

I used to go through tons of the stuff making speakers back in the 90s.
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Old 04-12-18, 05:00 PM
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looking good so far, certainly different from the usual build logs.
Re the IO/PCI area, would it not be easier to incorporate ones from old cases into it rather than cutting the holes in the wood?
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Old 04-12-18, 10:41 PM
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Love to see a proper build log!
Thanks Tom, ive had a fair amount of practice with build logs from other car related projects

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Ahh, piles of MDF dust. I can still smell that smell

I used to go through tons of the stuff making speakers back in the 90s.
yes and it seems to get everywhere to. yes its good for speaker boxes

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looking good so far, certainly different from the usual build logs.
Re the IO/PCI area, would it not be easier to incorporate ones from old cases into it rather than cutting the holes in the wood?
thanks Rob, yes i did toy with the idea of running the two computers in pc case but thought it would be harder to display them in the space i have at the moment plus finding a case that you can mount the motherboard on either side would be hard and making two cases from scratch would have been just as much work as the desk if not more work.

i will be having a bash at making them out of metal, im hoping i can get away with cutting all the holes in it then putting the bends in to match the template, i had not thought of cutting it of wood to be fair

another small update from today

routed the channel out for the temp sensor wires to run threw - for the reservoir. i had to sink the wires in a little otherwise the desks would not butt up to each other


made a start on some wire management for the back side to - mainly around the temp sensor gauges

hiding the pc compartment sensor behind the middle hinge

cut in all the channels for the different cables - once the desk is painted they will get stuck in with hot glue so i can remove them later on if needs be.

i also cut channels out for the fan wires do they wont be hanging around the back - this was my biggest problem with the old desk, to many wires hanging down the back

all the cables now in their place

with the cable management done the lcd screens and temp sensors id thought id see how many of them still worked - only one of them is dead and needs replacing which is not to bad. i did also test both fans while i was there and had power - i need to find out which two pins on the 24 pin plug turn the psu to so i can wire a switch in for that

also routed a square end on the inside of the front window

also cut a channel out for the led strip in the lid

last thing i got done was the channel for the led strip that will light up the top draw once its opened


i guess if i get time tomorrow to do anything it will be more cable tidying stuff
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Old 09-12-18, 03:19 PM
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little more progress today

first drawer built up - this will sit in front of the power supplies and house the usb ports as well as provide a little more storage


got two speaker pods made up, will give them a sand up and match the angles on the front once the glue has dried up,

added some extra wood to screw the fan controllers to

switches and fan controller places cut in the second drawer

channels for the leds cut under the motherboards

leds mounted in the lid, only held in with a few spots of hot glue for now, i need to get a 12 volt regulator for the leds though

gives off a nice amount of light, not to dark and not to bright


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Very very nice, loving your attention to detail especially where cable routing is concerned and the LEDs are perfectly placed to give a controlled glow. Superb.
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Old 13-12-18, 10:52 AM
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Very very nice, loving your attention to detail especially where cable routing is concerned and the LEDs are perfectly placed to give a controlled glow. Superb.
Thanks for the kind words Wraith, im pretty happy with it so far and im sure that once its all painted up it will be some where close to the image i have in my head for it. yes i learnt from the last build that cable management is a must as it got very messy behind the desk with all the wires.

a little change of plan as far as the radiator compartment goes, i changed my mind about having a vents cut in the front of the desk for letting cool air in, thought they looked out of place and made it look untidy so had to have a rethink and came up with this





now intake cool air from the sides of the desk to keep the front looking cleaner and exhaust warm air threw the back of the desk. im unsure if i will use the window in the radiator area due to it being low down but as this front panel will be held on with magnets i may make a panel with a window and one without so i can see which i like better

a little progress done over the last two days in between the 8 hours spent trying to get my brothers i phone replaced under insurance

marking out and cutting the intake fan holes

both fan holes cut in the desk, just need to cut the in the seating are now to


routed a small groove down to the intake fans to keep the cables out the way and out of sight

soldered in one set of led under the motherboard area and routed the cable

cut a track on the underside of the motherboard area so the cable can be held out the way. they should now drop down just after the psu

also cut a track in for the led lights that are in the lid

the back of the desk now looks like this with the cables all held in place with a small amount of hot melt glue

i did also cut a 5mm rebate around the window area in the lid ready for the plexi to go in


will try and get a little more done today
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Old 17-12-18, 09:19 PM
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a little bit of progress and after a little advice/thoughts

we will start with the small bit of progress

top drawer fitted - still needs it front panel


made a template for a 360mm radiator so i can start marking out where the will go and also make some mounting brackets up

also got two of the under board led soldered up


looking to get the two remaining fan holes cut tomorrow and the rest of the little bits done so as soon as we get some better weather it will be ready to paint

Advice/thoughts

well just after some advice and thoughts on if both computers should be the same or match, i can not decide if having two odd motherboards will make it look rubbish/strange.

my plan was to go with one I5 setup and one I3 setup or the second option would be one Intel and one AMD.
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Old 21-12-18, 12:34 PM
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little more progress done but running out of things to get done until the plastic turns up which by the sounds of it wont be until the new year

got the intake fan holes cut in the seating area - they are not 100% lined up here as the
desk is not screwed together in the photo

they dont stick out and look to bad here

two in take fans mounted - still waiting for another four to turn up

intake fan wires routed


exhaust fan holes cut

2nd drawer with all the switches fitted - also waiting on replacement runners for this drawer as one of the push to open mechanisms is broken

put some fibreglass in the little gap that was at the back of the switch area - now just needs a little more sanding and some bodyfiller before paint

first attempt at making a template for the plexi glass top - i wont lie, this never went very well at all as the paper/card sagged in the middle so was not the right in the end

second attempt measuring it out on some mdf before cutting it - this took an hour and a half to two hours to do but i knew i had to get it right this time as i only had one piece of wood left big enough to do it

last job was to change the wood screws that mount the fans to something that looks a little better - M4 cap head screws with captive nuts it was
before

putting the captive nuts in

after


now i just need to work which fans im going to use in the top area. I need to look at some reviews/get some thoughts on the Corsair ML fans

so until some more parts turn up thats it for now
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