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Victorian Desktop - Mosquito - Completed 2nd Jun. 2015 - Final Pictures!

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Thanks guys!

The mallet is sort of curved. In 2012, we had our first shop made tool swap with a group of us from my woodworking forums. We did mallets, as sort of a round robin white elephant gift exchange sort of thing around Christmas time. I got that one from a member, and he turned it all on a lathe:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/76394

Basically, the head of the mallet was turned in 3 passes, on 3 different axes to get the bent shape. Pretty sweet.

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I finished out the window… cutting 1/8” strips off where the corner brackets go

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Cleaned up with a file

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Then filed in the notches for the inside contour of the corner brackets

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Done.

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It fits alright, and the window fills in the gaps between corner braces.

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You can better see in this picture how/why I had to custom fit the window

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Time to turn my attention to some sort of back panel.

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Ripped and crosscut using hand saws. Original plan was to make a solid rear panel, and cut our two rectangles (on either side of center) to mount some metal and make the back panel that way.

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What I ended up doing, was cutting that panel into strips, and building a frame instead (less wood movement to deal with that way, as wood moves, metal doesn’t). I already have the top and bottom rails mounted in this picture.

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Hand chopped mortise and tenon joints were used for building the frame

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A little chamfer detail all around

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Now I’ve got the outside frame done. I plan to add a piece in the center as well, just haven’t gotten that far (need to make sure I stay clear the motherboard I/O before I do that one)

Special thanks again to G.Skill

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I've been keeping an eye out for something like that, but the problem is that they have to be somewhat small, otherwise 4 of them will be 1/2 the size of the case lol

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I started with getting the internal frame done for mounting hardware. Had to add a piece to the front for the two stand offs.

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I got all the internal frames glued up, threaded inserts installed and stand-offs mounted to those.

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Hardware can now be mounted. Time to make the back panel.

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Busted out the old workmate to work on the back panel.

It’s being made from aluminum.

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First thing I did was to cut out the opening for the I/O shield.

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From there I could mark out and cut out the openings for the GPU

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Some cleanup work with some files

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Things line up well.

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A few more cut outs for mounting the PSU and some mesh to be glued in later.

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Now gluing in the mesh.

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After the back panel was cut, I could then locate the center support for the back frame.

I waited until now, to make sure it didn’t get in the way of the PSU/GPU.

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Seems to work out alright.

Thanks for checking it out :)

Special thanks again to G.Skill

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Coming together nicely, Always mesmerized by your wood work.  Have you figured out a finish lacquer yet?

Thanks Mike! I have not decided on a finish yet. I've been thinking about a tinted Danish Oil, and maybe followed up with something else afterwords. Not sure yet, but will have some scraps to play around with.

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Last few pictures before I have to get to some painting and finishing work. Was too cold last week to do much spray painting outside, but this week is looking good on that front.

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Next up was tackling the little vent I cut out on the scroll saw.

It’s going to go in the side panel where the power supply intake is.

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Holding it on the workbench, I cross cut it down to length.

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Clean up the endgrain with a plane.

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Then go back and rip to width.

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Used my vintage Stanley #46 to cut a rabbet all the way around the inside.

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That came out pretty well.

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Next up I marked out where I’d bevel to edges to.

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Then used my Stanley #101 to plane the bevels.

This plane is perfect for the task.

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And beveled all the way around.

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Marked and cut out the hole in the side panel on the scroll saw.

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And it fits great! Glue it in place.

Now… time for a power button, and some USB ports. The power button was just a hole to drill with a counter bore on the back. No pictures of that.

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For the USB ports, I hand chopped through mortises for those.

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Then on the inside, I had to chop out a little more, so the USB ports would sit flush.

(There was a bump in the USB housing)

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And there we go.

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And a couple of teaser shots of where we’re at. This is basically done except for some painting and finishing.

Special thanks again to G.Skill

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A few little things before the re-assembly of the case…

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First, the case feet I picked up, but forgot to share pictures of.

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I got the rear panel painted. I used ‘Antique Bronze’.

It’s not black, I promise lol

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I also painted a few of the screws that will be visible.

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Mmmm hide glue.

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I got the dovetails glued up on the top and bottom,

as well as gluing the internal motherboard mount in place.

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And I got finish applied to the wood parts.

I used Dark Walnut Danish Oil. I’m quite pleased with the color.

I’ll be leaving it like this, with no top coat, as it fits the look better, I think.

Thanks for checking it out! I’ll be reassembling the case tonight, and getting some of the parts installed, so I look forward to sharing that progress soon :)

Special thanks again to G.Skill

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Starting the reassembly process…

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Won’t bore with the details. Screwed the metal piece on the back frame, and screwed that to the back of the case.

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I got the corner braces installed, and the USB ports

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There is very much an order to how things have to go in.

Radiator, fan, and pump next. I had also installed the power button at this point too.

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I like the way the radiator fills the whole front of the case…

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Motherboard was installed so I could install the PSU and run some wires, then got the res in place.

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Next up, mounting the GPU on the back plate.

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All the hardware is now in place, except the water loop.

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I got the acrylic window installed, without the paper for the first time.

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I got the two Darkside LED strips installed. These are orange.

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And… because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I powered up the lights with a molex power brick.

Special thanks again to G.Skill

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Love the lighting, it's looking solid so far Mos.

 

Thanks Stu!

 

Looks great Chris, The mixture of Old and new is really incredible. That little plane cracks me up. right tool for the job though.

Thanks Mike! I love that little plane. One of my favorites. I use it way more often than I ever thought I would when I first got it lol

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Looking good chris.It`s got some nice intrinzic and dispositional nostagia going on.

Thanks! It seems to be the style I like. Old style, but with a [usually] sublte modern flare to it :)

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This baby is done!

First off, thanks again to G.Skill for sponsoring the RAM in this build

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Got the wet works all plumbed up. Started off nice and easy lol

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Then moved on to the slightly more complicated, but not too hard (bottom left).

Saved the top piece for last. It had to go up and around the center support and back to the Res.

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Leak testing for a while. Nothing on this side leaked.

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On this side, however, the res cap leaked (top), and when I was messing around with that, one of the angle fittings off the pump leaked.

I took it apart and seated the end cap and replaced the fitting, just in case.

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Last little touch was to make these little leather pads to glue to the feet.

Wouldn’t want the feet to go scratching the desk :)

That’s it for the final updates. Next will be the completed pictures!

Final Photos

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