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Welp, it's been long enough since PCB was completed and I think some major bumps are out of my life, time for a new project! My gaming obsession for the last eight or so years has been Dota and one night last year I kicked the idea of this build around with a friend. It's blossomed in my mind since, time to put it into motion. First off, thank you to my generous sponsors for this project: This will be a scratch build I think? I'm making an external frame out of mahogany and using a Fractal Design Node 304 essentially as a motherboard tray. It will save me some time in terms of layout and I happen to have one on hand. The concept will come from Dota 2 of course. While I could focus on a specific character in the game for a theme, I decided instead to base the mod off of a treasure chest. Players in-game win cosmetic items for their characters by obtaining various chests after they play games. What sort of grotesque name is Fresh Meat for a build? It's the catch phrase of one Dota's most loved/hated characters, Pudge, and from a modding perspective there are two reasons: one, it's a new project, fresh meat for me to bite in to, two, there will be cutting. I though this would be a fun theme to play with and would give me lots of design choices as well as making a mod that almost all Dota players could relate to. Without further ado, let's get into it. A log note: The flow of this here log may jump around a bit. I'm a paper and pencil guy when it comes to layout so I don't have any fancy 3D renders to show you. Keeps up the suspense right? You'll just have to trust what I've got cooking in my head to come together in the end. First up was picking material. My dad has some footage of mahogany available, lucky me :D After I had some lumber picked out, it was time to actually do stuff. First up was making a jig for the chest legs. The legs will taper on two sides, from 40mm square on the bottom 25mm at the top. After that tank was put together, you've got to test it, right? Of course, you can't test on the real deal. Here's what the legs will be cut out of once the jig is dialed in. Can't you see a couple legs in there? A look at the test leg to get an idea of what the shape will be. It's a subtle angle. Well unfortunately that's it for the first post. I'll keep collecting junk to stick in this thing, you keep checking back