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[Scratch][Build Log] Project Caroline: Aperture Science

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Since 2007 the Aperture Science Portal Project has been the cornerstone of our aggressive recruitment program. Thanks to the Portal project we have been able to weed out any test subject with any of the following personality flaws; cowardice, impaired motor skills, poor judgement, fear of heights, drowning or fire. Now our marketing engineers have discovered a way to offer consumers a home version the Portal project. We are pleased to announce the Portal project workstation.

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A little history of me, I am a Design Engineer in the Sioux Falls SD region by day and avid gamer. My wife and I recently purchased our first home and as a reward I get to build a desk inspired by the Red Harbinger Cross Desk. One of the things that bothered me about the Cross Desk and other Desk Mods was that none of them were designed for a corner area. With this in mind I wanted a desk to fit a theme I could decorate a man cave with and decided on Portal / aperture sciences. I spent the last 2 years designing and drawing plans for the desk and finally was able to get the sheet metal work completed and powder coated.

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A collection of parts off the box break.

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Returned from Powder coat.

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Thanks! The design was months/years of lunch hours to get actualized.

 

Over the long weekend I was able to devote some more time to getting the side legs on. Ran into some issues with the corner transitions due to bends being slightly off. It took much longer than expected but I'm wiser for it now!

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Bonus item since I had the vinyl cutter out...

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On 9/15/2017 at 10:41 AM, Cheapskate said:

We're beyond 'desk' and approaching 'nuclear plant control station'.

Heh that's what my wife calls it!

 

This last weekend it was time to install the receiver!

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Ugly cables, I'll get them sorted away after testing.

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Decided at this point I was going to test the install... What's that smell?

 

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Important lesson learned, Test before installing!  Must have crossed a wire. I ordered a replacement receiver and it should be here this week sometime. Now to figure out which set of wires I crossed.

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I stripped the replacement receiver down and took much more care with my wiring harnesses. The sound is now installed and working! Cable management is going to be interesting...

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HOLY Smoke!  ive tried 10 times to type witty things i can say to tell you how much this desk stands above them all and they just don't say it right.

How about

Your the kind of guy i wanna hang out with :D

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@Defyant - Yeah...That doesn't sound right either.

I think I liked the wires better as masses of white strands. The only thing good about auto sleeve is you can spiral-wrap the grooves with a cord to get some color.

Also: I only just realized the red u-channel isn't just for looks. It took the fact you are mounting speakers in this for it to finally sink in. God, I'm dumb.

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11 hours ago, Cheapskate said:

I think I liked the wires better as masses of white strands.

LOL i agree man, ive seen tooo many dud alien mods using that stuff :P  but in such an awsome mod i can easily look past it :D

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23 hours ago, Cheapskate said:

I think I liked the wires better as masses of white strands. The only thing good about auto sleeve is you can spiral-wrap the grooves with a cord to get some color.

I was thinking it looked better white as well, When I get around to managing the cables I will likely take the wraps back off, though I may use white electrical tape to keep the bundles tidy this time. 

I know there is still a ton of detail work to do into this build but its starting to be a reality for me now. I'm hoping to get the speakers wired up this weekend. 

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On 10/13/2017 at 3:09 PM, Datulab said:

This is amazing! I absolutely love this, the design work is just marvelous.

Thanks!

 

Instead of putting speakers in I ended up installing some of the watercooling lines. I should have done this before I installed the receiver.

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I installed the drains underneath as well but forgot to snap a photo.

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Well, its been a few weeks and life happened. In an effort to help my daughter in college I gave her my corsair 600T with acrylic side panel. Which meant my PC was now homeless, so in the new desk it went.

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I have a new power supply for the system but I need to get the custom cables made and sleeved before I can remove the current power supply.

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The office is a shambles now but its in there. Now to pretty it up.

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You could build a cardboard case for the time being. It will be tough to work on the desk with it full of components. -Also, being a computer builder and not having  bunch of empty cases lying around? BOO! :lol:

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