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  1. So I had this crazy idea for something to do with the Lian-Li PC-Q30 case that was reviewed HERE. I decided I wanted to go with some wood on it somewhere. I mean, that's just how I roll. I thought replacing the stock Lian-Li front with a big chunk of figured maple would be a sweet place to start. Beyond that, I'm hoping to have a little fun with the side panels, upgrade the case feet, and see what kind of an HTPC I can throw together. As with most of my other woodworking projects, I'll be doing as much of this with hand tools as I can. At least the woodworking portion of it. Even using a bit and brace for drilling holes. It's just more relaxing that way. Some of the stuff I'm using in this build: Lian-Li PC-Q30 ITX Case MNPCTech White Delrin Case Feet 3M 4010 Tape ADATA 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2400 XPG v2 RAM ADATA 128GB XPG SX900 SSD
  2. Hanging in the Balance Hanging in the Balance was my entry into the 2014 Intel NUC case design competition. The design was inspired by a balancing clock that I've seen several woodworking friends make before. The main NUC case hangs from a cantilevered arm extending up from a base. The case is built from scratch by hand and by eye, using solid wood for the arms and base, and plywood with veneer for the main case itself. It has been done largely by hand tool work in traditional methods, and no fancy machinery. There were a few tweaks to the design as submitted, due to changes in the competition requirements post-submission. The case comes apart into 3 pieces for shipping, which required a little rework. That wasn’t mentioned in the original contest requirements, but once it was added I became weary of my design being shipped in one piece (let alone arriving that way :lol:). The Design: The Kit:
  3. Mini Watercooled HTPC It should come as no surprise at this point that I love building small wooden HTPCs; or just adding wooden elements to my case mods, for that matter. When AMD released their 25w socket AM1 CPU’s a few months ago, I thought it would be the perfect platform for building a new low power HTPC. I picked up a motherboard and CPU combo, and went to work. This, however, is where things started to evolve… Once I got the hardware, and found the stock fan, something had to change. I’m sure the stock fan does fine, but I wanted something else. I thought about modding an existing CPU fan to work with the 2-mounting hole configuration, but I quickly came to the conclusion of "Watercool it, because why not". It’s true, I’ve wanted to use one of those 2x80mm radiators for a slim watercooled build for a while, so I thought what better opportunity than now to make that happen. Overkill? Not at all… mostly :D
  4. I've been thinking a lot about what kinds of innovations we've seen in modding over the last few years, and where there is room for improvement. What have you guys seen that has really changed or raised the bar for modding? Where do you see the future heading? I really like seeing builds and ideas that really extend far beyond the norm for mods. This is one of the reasons why I was so attracted to Bill's mods in the first place. I have great appreciation for ideas and creativity that stands out and is unique. One example of cool innovation I can think of recently is Mosquito taking apart that LCD panel to make the background transparent, and potentially using that for a side panel. That is friggin awesome, and I love seeing more and more ideas like this come to life. I like this kind of discussion, so lend me your comments, opinions, ideas, etc. etc.
  5. I figured, I've been showing random design pictures for my ideas on this one for a little while in the shout box, I might as well throw up a design thread for it... So, the back story, for those who don't know. I'm a hobbyist woodworker in addition to what I do here. I love combining the two to come up with a custom wooden case. Originally my idea for this case design was to use one of those shiny ATX Billet aluminum motherboard trays that Bill was/is going to make. Then make the design such that I could fit 2 360mm radiators in the front on their sides, and have some fun. My sticking point with that was... ATX. I don't run SLI or XFire, my server has the RAID card and storage space, and the TV-tuner is in one of my HTPCs. I don't really need to have a full ATX motherboard... So I've ended up buying an mATX motherboard (Asus Gryphon) instead, and adjusting the design for mATX instead. I like to keep things as small as possible yet still accommodating the hardware I want. This is what I came up with, and ultimately the design I'll likely stick with
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