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Beast Of Nature | ITX Scratch build in wood!

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Hello,

Its time again for a new build and this time I am going to use my favorite material, wood! After lots of planning I decided it was going to be another ITX build that would still fit at least one 240mm radiator and long graphics cards if thats what I choose to go with.

The plan is to use closed watercooling loops for both CPU and GPU to make future upgrades easier. Ive seen quite a few wood builds over the years but nothing that really felt like me so this will be my version, should also be quite obvious what case I was inspired by ;)

Huge thanks to bequiet! and Asrock for helping out with the hardware for this build!

 

And here are a few 3D renders

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On 2/28/2019 at 7:51 PM, Bill Owen said:

Excellent design. 

Thanks man 😃

22 hours ago, Mosquito said:

Looks like it should be fun, when do you plan to start on it?

I have already started, first update coming today 😀

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So this is how I will be bending and making the top and bottom "handles"

I need something to bend the thin sheets around so that was part 1 of the process and that was easily done with some MDF scrap pieces.

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Here is the template rounded and covered in tape to avoid the glue from sticking.

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Here is the material I will be using.

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I also made a outer part for the template by bending 5mm plywood, that will also help equalize the pressure along the curve.

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And now ever thing is ready to be glued together and clamped down, the grain of each sheet is going against each other to get a stronger final product. You can also see the template was made with "shelves" to make clamping easier.

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Here is a better picture of the layers.

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And I also made a second one the next day.

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On 3/5/2019 at 11:25 PM, Mosquito said:

That looks like a lot more work than I think most people realize lol  Also, I dig the bench ;)

 

Yes, spent something like 7 hours a day for 3 weeks getting the frame done.

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More work on the handles.
 
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I made grooves in the handles using the big router in previous picture.
 
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Now just cut both of those in half and I will have my four handels.
 
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And a few pictures without tape.
 
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On 4/17/2019 at 1:02 PM, cluelessgenius said:

what render software are you using if you dont mind me asking

All the 3d modeling and final renders are done in Fusion 360 😀

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On 4/28/2019 at 10:17 PM, Bill Owen said:

coming along nicely... sorta reminds me of bitfenix prodigy design

The "handles" is the biggest similarity, always loved that case so might have been a bit of a inspirtion 😉

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Long time since last update, will try and make up for it with a longer one then usual 😀
 
First of I finished all the wood working and added the corner pieces that will be holding the front and back pieces in place.
 
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Not a single screw will be used for the wood frame itself its all held together with wood joints so it was really solid even before applying glue.
 
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Here is plexi for the side windows.
 
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This is what it looked like when it was all clamped in for the glue to dry.
 
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I really like how the bends turned out with the different layers.
 
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Front and back are made of some spare material I found, actually have no idea what its called. But Its made up of some kind of plastic in the middle and very thin aluminum on both sides, that made if very easy to machine with wood tools.
 
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Made a wooden jig to help with cutting the holes for the front intake fans, and it worked really well. And thanks Mnpctech for the awesome template 👍
 
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