I am sorry to say but your cases would appear to be quite Illegal in
Computers are only approved for use under most country rules pertaining
to electromagnetic radiation while they have their original cases
intact and all securing screws in place as when they were tested for
Scoundrel! I bet you even cut the tags off your mattresses!
Computers will work just fine without the case. My only worry is
static electricity since the metal case acts as a ground. I've
considered making my own case also. Most metal cases seem inadequate
to me. Too many 5.25" openings and not enough 3.5" bays for hard
drives. Also, the 3.5" bays are too close together making it hard to
get good air flow around the drives. I bet a case made of 3/4" ply or
hardwood would be a lot quieter also. I'd make it a cube 24" on a side
for extra internal bays, maybe casters or turned feet. I'd probably
also cannibalize a couple of existing cases to get certain metal
pieces, the backplane where the cards come through is a good example.
The 24" capacity of the leigh d4 would come in real handy. I'd also
make both sides removable. Sounds like a good project to me.
Actually, hardwood resonates pretty well, which is why they use it for
To dampen vibration, you'd be better off with MDF.
There's an article at
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article237-page1.html which covers the
low-noise wood case that a friend of mine built.
I think that only an issue with the low frequencies though. The
problem with computers is fan/air noise and the high pitch whine from
the hard drives. Also, musical instruments are carefully made with
the right wood, right dimentions, right thickness, right
holes/openings, and such. I can see how you could get unlucky and
happen to produce a box that acoustically good/bad depending on your
perspective. I bit of angle-iron on the large flat areas would
probably cure that problem.
You've reminded me of david mark's drum table project. I think in that
case, the top was only 1/4" thick though.
One of my main reasons for doing it though would be to get a case of my
own design. If you look at large cases, most of them have 6 5.25" bays
and 3 3.5" bays. And the 3.5" bays are so tight together that you
really shouldn't be using the middle one. I need a case that's the
other way around. I want six hard drives and two optical drives. I
shouldn't have to use those silly brackets either. And if I can get a
cool looking case that's quieter in the process, that's great.
I saw one recently where a guy hung all the pieces on his wall -
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Well, I used to assemble computers for local businesses.
In testing motherboards and such, that's exactly what I did.
Motherboard, cards, drives, PS, etc, all laid out bare on a table top
- with no case. With that said however, radio and TV reception within
1/4 block was impossible. They radiate like the Death Star.
The FCC sets standards (common two being Class A and B) that limits
the amount of RFI allowed for each class, with Class A being
residential and the most stringent, Class B is for workplace machines.
All computers SOLD must adhere to these standards - or that is the
theory. Kinda like UL listings these days - it's supposed to pass,
but with all the cheap Chinese crap flooding the market, little of it
actually WILL pass.
You can build your own computer any way you want, but don't expect the
neighbors to be very kind about the RFI interfering with Jerry
I don't usually post negative comments on people's work, and I don't really
intend this as one. But to me, those "wooden computer cases" look like a
pine box with a holes cut in it for the drives. The pine itself lends
nothing really to the appeal. Besides the fact that the boxes are made of
wood, there's absolutely no appeal to me.
If I was doing this, I'd first of all find a way to hid the drives (a hinged
or slide-down door, etc). This would eliminate the ugly plastic on the
front. I'd also either build it out of something else (assuming it was
available, like walnut, mahogany, cherry) or veneer some nice wood onto the
Well, those are my suggestions. I had built my computer into a desk drawer
at on point, which worked well as a "wooden computer case". Totally out of
sight, relatively quiet, no cables all over, etc. Since then, I've changed
desks, so I no longer use that case.
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thanks for all the comment which I will take seriously .
Check the site so now and then and you will notice changes.
As a reaction on the painted cases,
these are standard cases which I grind and spray.
Special is; I can spray them in allmost any color you like.
As a reaction on the wooden cases,
I choose to build some examples of the "tower" model, because a lot of
people recognice a pc only when it will have a tower shape and
baydrives in it.
but many shapes are possible.
A fully usb controlled case is in progress.
Special on the wooden cases are the type of woods. 22 types.
all types are special panels.
And the construction technique.
visitors are mostly charmed by the construction technique of dove and
As a reaction on the hardware technique.
Customers can order a case on there own specification, or I build a
case and a affiliate firm will build the hardware in it.
we do this in a co-workship.
excuses for my english language
hope these answer will help,
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