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21 Feb 2012   #541
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I'm doing these kinda things in my spare time, around school work and such, however I should have the grooves in the wood by tomorrow, and upload a picture or 2, showing how it all fits, then there will be a while till the next while I paint them neatly (it will require many coats + sanding so that it doesn't actually look like wood blocks, but rather a solid black block of something that looks like plastic or the likes.


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21 Feb 2012   #542
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

DIY kiwi,
Looking forward to seeing it.
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21 Feb 2012   #543
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Added some white LEDs...

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21 Feb 2012   #544
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomha View Post
I'm doing these kinda things in my spare time, around school work and such, however I should have the grooves in the wood by tomorrow, and upload a picture or 2, showing how it all fits, then there will be a while till the next while I paint them neatly (it will require many coats + sanding so that it doesn't actually look like wood blocks, but rather a solid black block of something that looks like plastic or the likes.

Aah okay, can't wait! And PLEASE follow Linnemeyerhere's guide to proper photo's. No more blurry shots.
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21 Feb 2012   #545
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Yes I'll be watching for blur ! lol My new self appointed title will be "Blur Master" !
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22 Feb 2012   #546
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

The issue seems to be that the screen on the camera isnt actually any good at showing me blurr on the fine scale =/. Its an old camera too (not old old, but like...2006 ish I think), and I wonder how much of it is down to the actual capture quality of the camera. Anyway, here is the first pic.



You will notice a few things,
1) I was too lazy to turn my computer off for this (I think it would have been a good safety measure to do so, I accidentally put my finger in the fan you see below...and it spins rather fast).
2) the block on the left is on an angle, that's just because its only loosely sitting in there.
3) I need to do something about all the cables from my fan controller.

So you can see its not rocket science, just a very simple block of wood with a groove. However getting that groove just right was challenging...and I'm not sure its perfect. Basically I had the bench saw, and adjusted the height of the blade, running the wood over it, moving it along with each path. It has a guidance arm I used to ensure every block is virtually identical. It took me a little under an hour to be happy with it. but I think it will do nicely. Next step is sanding it smooth, and then painting. I do worry how much the paint will impact on the size of the groove, it would only take a few layers too thick and it would begin to become a tight fit. Because of this I have considered using something like indian ink to stain the wood, so that it still gets its black colour without the thickness of the paint, however this may not look so good. Perhaps some trials are in order.
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22 Feb 2012   #547
Alsisgevat

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Very nice, just something that I was wondering about,will that not be too heavy? I am referring to the final product, the wood,with all the paint and so on. By having a few of them in the chassis will individually not be an issue,nor will it be a problem when the chassis is stationed in one spot, but when going to lan parties, I think you will notice it. Unless I am completely wrong here.
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22 Feb 2012   #548
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Macrocarpa is a strong wood, but not a heavy one. The 4 blocks together weigh 235 grams on my kitchen scale, and that's before they have been cut to final length, I can hardly feel their weight. To be honest, I think I will be saving on weight, weighing up the 2, the cases actual chassis for the racks is heavier than the 4 blocks. As for the paint, that shouldn't be that heavy I wouldn't think.
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22 Feb 2012   #549
ZaLiTH

Win 10 x64 Pro x64 / Ubuntu 15.10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomha View Post
Macrocarpa is a strong wood, but not a heavy one. The 4 blocks together weigh 235 grams on my kitchen scale...
Just a thought, but you might not want to advertise the wood you're using too openly... Check the 'Conservation Status' here: Cupressus Macrocarpa
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22 Feb 2012   #550
Tomha

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Ha ha, I do see your point but I don't think it should be an issue. If you read through the page you will see that here in New Zealand, the tree grows well without other natural inhibitors, and it is often grown for ornamental purposes, windbreaks, and sometimes for timber. I'm not using the remains of a 2000 year old macrocarpa forest from California incase that is raising eyebrows :P
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