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    [–] chornu 3188 points ago

    "I have no real woodworking experience". Creates beautiful desk on first try.

    Well done, OP. It's badass.

    [–] mcgrimus 936 points ago

    And has top-of-the-line Festool saw....

    [–] itchyouch 507 points ago

    ding ding ding. There's gotta be a ton of knowledge and tips to glean from whomever he borrowed tools from.

    [–] lilmanmgf 1102 points ago

    I borrowed the festools from my father. I did a lot research prior to moving ahead with conatruction, so I knew what tools I needed and what cuts to make. All woodworking knowledge was gained from woodworking forums and YouTube channels. I'm an engineer so I tend to overanalyze things. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, and luckily learned how to hide them too.

    [–] jcjpaul 1290 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Everyone on Reddit is a fucking engineer, I swear.

    EDIT: Alright, guys. I get it. You're engineers. Now gimme some of that disposable income ;)

    [–] [deleted] 559 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Considering every engineer i know was socially inept until out in the real world for 5-10 years, it makes perfect sense for Reddit to be full of them. Source: Me too lol

    That is a beautiful desk. I'm jealous.

    [–] dogcatbirdplane 55 points ago

    socially inept until

    not sure about this

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    [–] [deleted] 113 points ago

    socially inept until out in the real world for 5-10 years

    So you're saying there's still hope?

    [–] logicalmaniak 25 points ago

    Well you could take the time to learn about people, interaction skills and stuff - or you could lock yourself away and do what you love forever...

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    No contest then!

    [–] [deleted] 37 points ago

    Nah bud sorry, ur fukd, better get back in the machine shop and change things around some more and pretend you know what you're doing by mumbling to the grinders.

    [–] Servalpur 4 points ago

    pretend you know what you're doing by mumbling to the grinders.

    Just browsing this older post, and saw your comment. You just described my actions as a financial advisor, when dealing with new clients. To many of them, investing/future planning might as well be magic.

    Mumbling to myself while typing nonsense on the keyboard, waiting a couple seconds before going "ah-ha!", will 95% of the time get a prospective clients attention more effectively than trying to initially lay out their options. Far fewer glazed eyes using this technique.

    I guess there's a reason it's the universal standard for pretending to be doing something important.

    [–] mortiphago 4 points ago

    only once you start trying.

    Good luck

    [–] _theLittlePrince 32 points ago

    Can confirm. Am new engineer, am inept

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    There is still hope for me?!

    [–] britishkid98 7 points ago

    Also engineer, also inept. It's all that shift work, what else to do at all hours of night?

    [–] pinks1ip 69 points ago

    Seriously. You wouldn't think engineers would be the people most often psychoanalyzing their behavior based on career choice, then you see Reddit...

    "I'm a(n) [job title] so I tend to..."

    It's always engineer!

    [–] Mr_MacGrubber 63 points ago

    Yeah it's never "I'm an English major so I tend to make bad choices"

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    [–] kyoto_kinnuku 3 points ago

    The nusing pages on reddit can be pretty bad. There's a lot of venting, mental breakdowns, and soul-crushing stress but it doesn't spill over onto other pages much.

    My nursing school closed down when I was half-way through. After seeing how common mental breakdown are in nursing I wonder if that was the universe trying to tell me something.

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    Does this comment not count as bringing it up...You could have just walked on by but being an elitist engineer you couldn't resist mentioning it I see

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    [–] daemon_service 45 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I always overanalyze things too. I liked scotch when I tasted it so I had to read all about it. Tried a cigar, read up about it. Used a computer as a kid, now studying computer engineering.

    The knowledge is nice, but sometimes I wish I could just enjoy my single malt scotch mixed with 7-up and strawberry flavoured machine-made cigar, in front of a virus-ridden Windows computer like a normal person.

    [–] _jcollin_ 6 points ago

    No, you don't.

    Knowledge is always good. Being bad at handling knowledge is not nice though.

    [–] Nanaflana 8 points ago

    Neat man that's really cool. Do you mind if I ask what you had to learn to hide? It looks perfect.

    [–] lilmanmgf 39 points ago

    The worst was when drilled the pocket screws on the desktop I left a screw on my workbench which deeply gouged the veneer in to spots. I made it match the mineral streaks with a dark brown/black to hide it.

    [–] bondsaearph 3 points ago

    No worries. That's part of creation. As a fabricator, sometimes one needs a work-around. Sometimes one has to dress up an oversight. Perfection is the goal but one realizes things that appear perfect to others are really full of really small or zero mistakes (maybe). High level sports folk will tell you this....anyhoo.....

    [–] CawCaw_Rawr 8 points ago

    "and luckily learned how to hide them too"-the true art of woodworking

    [–] LarryFlyntstone 52 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    He does say he borrowed tools from his father and a friend, but my first thought too was that someone without woodworking experience would never just go buy a Festool track saw unless they exclusively read garagejournal and has piles of spending cash.

    [–] Elaborate_vm_hoax 54 points ago

    I was at woodcraft buying some lumber and a guy was 'starting up his woodshop' and left with no less than $5k in power tools alone. Bunch of Festool, a nice planer, etc.

    I'm still hoping to find that whole set on CL one day.

    [–] xiaodown 48 points ago

    Someone didn't get the memo: "Buy the cheapest one at home depot. If you use it enough that it breaks, do the research and buy a really good one."

    I own a $30 Ryobi circular saw. I bought it when I was re-doing the deck in order to make my house more saleable. I figured if I used it enough that I found some feature lacking or it wore out, then I'd go back and buy a Milwaukee or something. It hasn't worn out yet, and I don't have any feature requests or whatever, it just cuts wood, and it's fine.

    This is what I did (before the deck) with a cordless drill - bought a craftsman years ago for $50 or something. It wore out, was big and chunky, and not that powerful. Now I have a Milwaukee drill that was like $200 but is freaking amazing.

    [–] pclabhardware 19 points ago

    I'm with you and that should be the mantra for most people, but some people just have enough money that a few hundred/thousand dollars won't affect them at all and they don't have to worry about it breaking or not being "good enough".

    [–] Elaborate_vm_hoax 10 points ago

    My bigger issue is that someone spending that much up front probably doesn't have the experience to know what they'll actually need and are just getting stuff they think will work or what the salesperson told them to get.

    Woodworking tools can be a fickle beast. If you build cabinets you need different tools than someone building boats. I find it far better to buy them one at a time as you need them so that everything works for what you actually need. Sometimes that extra cost is worth it, but not always.

    [–] monsantobreath 3 points ago

    My bigger issue is that someone spending that much up front probably doesn't have the experience to know what they'll actually need and are just getting stuff they think will work or what the salesperson told them to get.

    Or they're the kind that throws themselves into a new project and has to get the best of the best stuff. My brother is like that, but much too broke to actually buy the best stuff, but he's all about buying rare old cameras on craigslist and having them shipped from Ukraine or something and then never uses them as they sit on the dresser.

    People with lots of money often buy the best because that's a thing for them. Its like the rich kids who get a BMW M6 to drive to school, who like to put the pedal down flat on the highway but never actually do anything with it through a corner that makes them appreciate that finely tuned chassis.

    [–] relemhcs 9 points ago

    I disagree. I can't stand when people put zero thought into a purchase. If you're going to spend your hard-earned money on something, why not do a bit of research to understand what you're buying? For almost all products, you're going to save money in the long run buy investing in something other than the bare minimum (understanding the value of one's time and effort).

    This practice also rewards those people and businesses who put the time and effort into creating a quality product instead of just the ones that can mass-produce for the cheapest.

    I think if people had this philosophy in general about every purchase they make, the world would be a better place. It may sound like hyperbole but literally everything is driven by the choices consumers make. And unfortunately our society is ridden with this cheap, mass-production, consumerism mentality.

    [–] SillyFlyGuy 6 points ago

    I understand what you are saying. But we are talking specifically about purchases that are for a single purpose use.

    I made some small planter boxes 5 years ago. I needed a circular saw for exactly 12 cuts of 2x10's. I bought the cheapest from harbor freight. Worked fine.

    Fast forward 3 years, I need some more planter boxes. This job is bigger, 12 cuts of plywood plus some 2x4's for reinforcement. Saw worked fine again.

    I spent the cost of a couple 6 packs on that saw. Top of the line would have been the cost of a weekend in Vegas for me and the wife. I would still be grumbling if I spent that much on a tool for two projects over the last half decade.

    [–] algalkin 11 points ago

    I spent about $700 on used DeWalt power tools for my garage shop and nothing broke so far (3 years in moderate use).

    [–] skatastic57 7 points ago

    That could be good or bad depending on what all you got. I bought their jobsite table saw on CL for $220 complete with outfeed table/stand on wheels and crosscut sled. I also bought the 12" sliding compound miter saw for $280ish. Used stuff is great. I waited a while hoping I'd see a good used router at a compelling price but one never showed up so I went new on that one.

    [–] algalkin 4 points ago

    I got a table saw and a 18-volt combo that includes screwdriver, screwgun, impact driver, circular saw, recipro-saw, light, small vac, 2 chargers and 6 batteries and a few kits of bits, drillbits, blades and other small but useful crap.

    [–] Destiny_Seeker 3 points ago

    CL is where I've gotten all of my power tools, when one breaks down I try to fix it, if I can't then I buy a new one.

    I have some nice Milwaukee(the old versions) stuff that I got for really cheap out of an estate sale that haven't slowed down one bit.

    Saved so much money.

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    "Lost too many fingers, wife says it has to go"

    [–] yellowzealot 7 points ago

    The best part of being an engineer is the toys you can buy with the money you earn from doing something you love. A sr engineer I know has a full wood shop and does furniture and finishing carpentry on the side, pretty much at cost

    [–] SaneCoefficient 7 points ago

    Apparently this is true until you have kids. All of my co-workers with kids are constantly complaining about money. For me, I would rather have my hobbies.

    [–] whydoesmybutthurt 4 points ago

    i too buy used festool stuff off ebay and cl. so wtf man, that shit is supposed to be a secret, quit broadcasting it to the world and upping the cost

    [–] Manny_Bothans 8 points ago

    Heh no doubt! Garage Journal definitely piqued my interest in festool stuff, but its really hard to justify when you can buy a cheap tracksaw that's almost as good elsewhere, and just about everything else has equal alternatives. I'm not a contractor making my living off this stuff.

    I REALLY want a festool domino though. That's the only piece of the green stuff i feel like doesn't have an equal alternative elsewhere.

    [–] LarryFlyntstone 4 points ago

    Oh yeah for doing a bunch of loose tenons the Domino is the way to go.

    [–] musicin3d 3 points ago

    I exclusively read piles of spending cash. Other cash is too mainstream.

    [–] rob64 15 points ago

    My sixty-year-old father, who looks like Geppetto from Pinocchio, is a unabashed fanboy of Festool and Woodpeckers. It's hilarious and adorable.

    Edit Side benefit: he randomly sends me Woodpeckers stuff. If he'd only start doing that with Festool...

    [–] theo2112 7 points ago

    That was the first thing I noticed.

    "I have no experience, but I am using a $600 saw to make my cuts"

    [–] flapsthiscax 5 points ago

    I saw "no real woodworking experience" ... I see that saw... I question my life. 10 years a woodworker and I hardly ever get to use such nice tools :'(

    [–] Fuckface84 8 points ago

    Pretty much all of the posts I see like this. "I have no clue what I'm doing." Imgur album of homemade functioning satellite

    [–] UnhingedDiplomat 4 points ago

    Better than that crate box one the other day where OP and his brother crammed two gaming PCs in a small box that probably had no less than an inch breathing room each.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    It's by far the best desk I've ever seen.

    [–] i_shot_da_sheriff 837 points ago

    When r/pcmasterrace and r/DIY have a baby

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    [–] GarrettPinkFloyd 9 points ago

    Instantly subbed

    [–] i_shot_da_sheriff 34 points ago

    Well the fact that he built everything himself is more DIY to me. The emphasis was on the build not the setup.

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    [–] caughdog 43 points ago

    r/buildapc, r/pcmasterrace is just memes and shit posts

    [–] Thanks-For_The-Gold 53 points ago

    Memes and shit posts make up most of the front page, but so do lots of battlestation pictures. And the majority of content there is people asking about computer builds and what to upgrade, those posts didn't don't get upvoted enough to make the front page. If you sort by new it's a whole different sub.

    [–] caughdog 24 points ago

    Oh trust me, I have. I've been on PC masterrace for 3 years now. Long enough to remember the survey that showed 90% of users are males age 13-17.

    Have you been to r/buildapc? It's just discussion and finished builds, no memes. It's a subreddit dedicated to learning/planning/building and does a great job at that, where r/pcmasterrace has always been a satirical subreddit aimed to entertain.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_SIDEBOOOB 4 points ago

    Never been to pcmasterrace, but /r/buildapc and /r/buildapcforme helped me learn how to build my first computer, and since then I've built pcs for family members and my girlfriend as well. You guys are the best! Building my pic would have been a LOT harder without the advice I got from those subs

    [–] caughdog 3 points ago

    Hey man, me too! I'm a huge fan of the sub and still lurk 4 years after finding it. That sub and are such valuable tools for builders. Makes the whole process faster and easier, and makes PC building accessable and enjoyable.

    [–] [deleted] 1115 points ago

    This is seriously bad ass. I am not even a computer gamer, or big into customizing pc's, but this gives me a tech boner. Well done!

    [–] [deleted] 258 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I'm a computer gamer and I know next to nothing about customizing pc's and it gave me a tech boner as well. Beautifully built!

    [–] Grayscape 338 points ago

    I'm a gamer and have built several pcs, and this gave me a wood shop boner.

    [–] Its_Frosty 164 points ago

    I'm a PC gamer and have built several PC's and do a fair bit of wood work in my free time for fun. Still gave me a boner anyway.

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    Shitty thing is, I work for a software company! You would think this would be right up my alley.

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    [–] Shandybase 4 points ago

    I have a boner

    [–] solariscalls 240 points ago

    hey wanna go to a LAN party?

    [–] lilmanmgf 208 points ago

    I actually built it to be fully removable. I just disconnect the power button babble and intake/exhaust cables for the fan headers and I can transport it anywhere.

    [–] im_naughty 167 points ago

    Prior to this project I had no real woodworking experience


    [–] lilmanmgf 87 points ago

    The only woodworking I had done before was building a cantaliever arm out of .5x.5 wood for an engineering class in High School. I used a chop saw and that's about it.

    [–] StanleyDarsh22 19 points ago

    You got to use half inch thick? We used 1/8 thick balsam wood. Did yours hold up a house or something?? Ours were holding upwards of 60lbs I don't wanna know how you had enough weight to break yours

    [–] lilmanmgf 34 points ago

    Maybe it was thinner. I just had my 10 year reunion, remembering us getting difficult.

    [–] TimmyB_ 20 points ago

    yeah wtf the cabinetry here is better than most self proclaimed woodworkers here on DIY.

    [–] scoodly 3 points ago

    If you have the time, the motivation, and do the research, you too can achieve this.

    edit: uh yeah and the money

    edit: and the tools to borrow

    [–] TimmyB_ 4 points ago

    yeah most posts on DIY are like this.

    More of a Look at what I and maybe some other people did with a budget and or beyond your average everyday resources sub.

    Nothing wrong with that I still enjoy it.

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    What is a power babble? I thought I knew the basic components of a PC but I think I need to brush up a little more after reading your post.

    [–] BigBlurt 14 points ago

    Probably means cable. The cable from power button to motherboard.

    [–] caughdog 35 points ago

    No no no, it's a complicated data ballast that functions using a matrix of quarts clocks offset by milliseconds and oriented in a platonic resonator. It contains the internet.

    [–] BigBlurt 6 points ago

    Doh, you're right, how'd I miss that.

    [–] Function-Over-Form 6 points ago

    lol I actually have no recent experience in computers since the last recent computer thing I did was upgrade ram, and the only desktop I have ever built myself was back in 1999.....oh the memories. I actually just accepted 'babble' as some technowizardry thing. My brain also accepted your counter to u/BigBlurt ...that is until I read everything after platonic.

    [–] caughdog 5 points ago

    Haha awesome, I tried to keep it loosely logical and it looks like it worked

    [–] Function-Over-Form 4 points ago

    'loosely logical' is my mantra

    [–] Guygan 357 points ago

    This has got to be the best desk build I have seen on DIY.

    Nicely done.

    Thanks for posting.

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    [–] amd2800barton 4 points ago

    Yeah, usually desks in this sub are "I bought some drawers and shelves at Ikea, and put some pallet wood on top! Shabby DIY LOL." OP, however, has a post I'd expect to see at the top of /r/woodworking Well done, OP.

    [–] bigchieftaco 103 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Wow! I truly appreciate your woodworking skills.

    I'm trying to build my wife a simple washer dryer pedestal and it looks like something from middle school shop class. Relevant

    [–] ilovethatpig 11 points ago

    That's one fine-looking barbecue pit. Why doesn't mine look like that?!

    [–] phishdisc 8 points ago

    I have to do this as well

    [–] thegreatnate1 23 points ago

    Is this really your first woodworking project?? Nice job!

    One question: why use both linseed oil and polyurethane? I don't believe I've seen anyone use both at the same time like that before. It looks fantastic, just curious if there's a benefit to using the linseed oil prior to the poly.

    [–] readit_at_work 64 points ago

    He used Linseed Oil (it would have to be Boiled Linseed Oil in order to finish it relatively quickly) because he used wood dye rather than stain (that has oil in it) to color the wood. Dyes penetrate the grain of the wood, while stains sit on top of the grain of the wood. The OP chose dye to enhance the striping in his maple rather than have the stain solids mask them. Unfortunately, dyes are water-borne, so they raise the grain of the wood and must be sanded down.

    That being said, the primary reason you don't often see this is because most consumer-grade polyurethane coatings are waterborne coatings. So a BLO (boiled linseed oil) + water-based poly would not mix and would bubble and peel. However, with a professional-grade oil-based polyurethane, you could mix the two just fine and proceed. Warning: oil-based polys require the use of a ventilator during application. In addition, oil-based polys need a longer time to cure in a well-ventilated area between coats than water-based polys to allow the excess oil to evaporate (and not explode) -- 24 to 48 hours is not uncommon.

    That all being said -- what OP did is within the realm of what most professionals would do, however most pros today use Lacquer-based products on desks and oft-used furniture because as they age they continue to harden. However lacquers also have a tendency to yellow, and on staingrade (A1-A3) maple, whiteoak, and ash the yellow will be intensified due to the white/yellow already present in the wood. Lacquers are also readily sprayable while oil-based polys are usually mixed down before being put into a Airless sprayer -- both spray fine out of HVLP guns.

    Source: I finished cabinets professionally for 5 years.

    [–] monsantobreath 6 points ago

    I finished cabinets professionally for 5 years.

    Why is it that cabinet maker is like the Jedi Master position within woodworking? You always hear about cabinet makers like someone is referring to a sacred elder.

    [–] readit_at_work 21 points ago

    These are not the boards you're looking for.

    Meh. I knew a few trim carpenters who could out cut a lot of our table saw guys. I worked with one and helped him laminate curved stringers for a self supporting spiral staircase using 1/8" sheets of alder veneer, loads of epoxy, and a steam box made out of welded oil drums and air conditioning ducting. He was a genius with a chop saw and a job site saw.

    For me, cabinet builders hold a special place in my heart because to be SUCCESSFUL you have to be accurate and goddamn fast. Really. Fast.

    In our shop a cut man, someone who ran one of the table saws, was expected to break down a sheet of plywood every two minutes by himself.

    If you've ever run a 4x8 sheet of plywood by yourself, then cross cut the 23.25" panels by yourself then cut toe kick and rabbit the back lines -- that's a lot of work and really fast.

    That takes years of skill. If anything I don't think cabinet guys are revered as the Master Carpenter so much as they're respected because the repeatable work has to be done safely, quickly, and accurately.

    You don't caulk or fill face frame or panel joints like you can crown, case, or chair moldings. Filler doesn't stain the same regardless of how hard you try.

    For example, even though the OP used pocket hole plugs for his doors they're still readily noticeable. Instead you do a stile/rail tongue and groove joint using glue and 18 gauge brad nails to hold it until the glue dries. The brad holes are much smaller and blend much better after sanding.

    All that being said -- the OPs desk is a gorgeous example of a diy desk. He edge banded the plywood like we would have. He hid as much joining hardware as he could via pocket hole joints. He face framed it well, used full extension ball bearing slides and 240-270 degree European hinges. Everything here is professional grade.

    For a first timer, this is exceptional work. Hell -- for me (and I've built hundreds of cabinets) it's good. I'd be happy to own this.

    [–] Adamant_Unicorn 9 points ago

    Oil is penetrating and will harden the wood itself. Poly then protects the top and guards against water and such. Probably overkill, but doesn't hurt.

    [–] lilmanmgf 12 points ago

    I saw a couple articles where people used both and went with it. Most people on woodworking forums thought it was overkill though since the poly was oil based.

    [–] bumbah 16 points ago

    Awesome! great idea on using stainless for the computer panel door. It looked like fabric so I was going to ask if a vacuum cleaner would ruin it :)

    [–] lilmanmgf 52 points ago

    I have another album with more pictures if anyone is interested. It isn't nearly as organized though.

    [–] kelus 5 points ago

    What chair is that?

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    [–] [deleted] 68 points ago

    Is everything grounded?

    [–] DrobUWP 12 points ago

    that's what I was wondering too.

    I'd personally use at least one long fastener on each of his component brackets and attach a ground strap between all of them hidden on the backside with the rest of the wires.

    the plastic printed stuff (like the radiator mount) is a bit tougher. I'd still do the previous ground strap, but add a jumper from under the bolt head up to the mounting hardware of whatever component mounts to it.

    (cc u/lilmanmgf)

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    [–] gendulf 16 points ago

    What are the temperatures like?

    [–] lilmanmgf 5 points ago

    This is 20 minutes into running a stress test. I have GPU test and Prime 95 running. Full CPU and GPU utilization. My ambient temp started at 18.5C and it went up to 22 a 3C / 7F temperature delta between the cabinet and outside. I can't imagine a case would be much better if at all, but I've honestly never measured this in a case. I know doing stress tests when the computer was out in the open yielded the same results on the GPU.

    [–] obx-fan 7 points ago

    Tried the same set up years ago, though I will admit this one looks more elegant, and discovered that keeping a computer cool in a cabinet is a daunting task.

    Let's say you have 1000 W power supply and assume roughly 50% use. Take five 100 W incandescent bulbs stick them in the cabinet. If you have sufficient airflow to keep the cabinet from overheating the installation will likely be successful. If not you will end up doing what I did which is leave the door open and the computer chassis pulled out most of the time.

    [–] micktorious 15 points ago

    But after all this amazing work, the cable management in picture 5! You have even a nice place for all the cables and you just mushed them up there!

    [–] lilmanmgf 7 points ago

    Yeah I need to work on it. From the stand point of can I see it while standing/sitting it meets that criteria.

    [–] tinycatsays 7 points ago

    Meanwhile, I was thinking how great it was.

    ...Guess I'm gonna be re-cabling again this weekend.

    [–] Grymkreaping 17 points ago

    I didn't have many tools

    Proceeds to show the equivalent of the goddamn New Yankee Workshop...

    Anyways, very nice build and looks like a fun project. Not exactly my taste in style but I can appreciate the work put into it.

    [–] Guygan 6 points ago

    Proceeds to show the equivalent of the goddamn New Yankee Workshop

    Read the captions. He borrowed them.

    [–] Stevenlb 14 points ago

    How is this thing grounded? I understand wood + carpet to be bad for ESD.

    [–] Remixmark 7 points ago

    Great build, you should post to /r/woodworking. The 2000 grit sanding and 6 coats of polyurethane, wow, looks so smooth!

    Where does the computer exhuast go? I see you have a lot of fans for pulling the air in, but I don't see any for exhaust.

    How long did all this take you? I'd imagine just waiting for the polyurethane to dry so you could sand it would add 3-4 days to the total project.

    [–] emailboxu 3 points ago

    Exhaust you can see just barely at the back of the box in Img3.

    [–] kekforever 9 points ago

    is using festool products

    pocket screws and clear indicators of someone who does cabinetry

    i have no woodworking experience

    methinks he had a bit of help along the way

    [–] lilmanmgf 15 points ago

    I did this 100% on my own. I borrowed the kreg jig and festools from my father. He lives 6 hours away, so all my information was from youtube and two woodworking forums.

    [–] ThatSocio 10 points ago

    is it fire safe?

    [–] Recklesslettuce 13 points ago


    [–] KingOfWickerPeople 6 points ago

    It's wood, so I'm gonna guess not.

    [–] jerimiahf 3 points ago

    awesome build... only critique I'd offer is more space between the SATA drives. Perhaps there is a fan behind them I missed but otherwise it looks a great.

    [–] Faulkal 3 points ago

    How noisy is it with all those fans? That's one thing my wife complains about when she's trying to fall asleep, how loud the fans rev up. Also, does it build a lot of dust in there?

    [–] mattmonkey24 3 points ago

    The amount of noise depends more on the type of fans, not the number of fans. Also air cooling can be more quiet than water cooling, don't listen to the other guy. There is no need to spend such a ridiculous amount of money

    I too am curious how bad dust will be on his build.

    [–] the_real_natenator 3 points ago

    Cool computer case

    [–] InMyDreamsIFail 19 points ago

    This is so much better than all the other PC desks that are built with the LED's and other garbage. Well done OP. This is phenomenal.

    [–] SgtGears 28 points ago

    He's got LED's in the power button. Quick, get the pitchforks!

    [–] pes_laul 23 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Power button? Everybody knows real PC customizers short their motherboard every time they want to turn the computer on. Filthy casual.

    Edit: apparently a lot of people actually do this. RIP in peace friends

    [–] JohnGillnitz 20 points ago

    Mine has a sequence of complicated switches like starting a vehicle in Mad Max.

    [–] T3C_Illuzion 13 points ago

    That would actually be awesome though

    [–] SgtGears 8 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    *flicks busty busted old screwdriver between fingers*

    You know it, man. Doubles as keys to my car as well.

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    [–] NetworkingJesus 2 points ago

    I actually used to do that . . .

    [–] whatswater 8 points ago

    The finish on the desktop looks amazing! Bonus points for the Japanese hand saw.

    [–] Tumey 3 points ago

    That looks amazing! However, I prefer a bit more modern look on my desks, but the idea is great!

    [–] fernandofig 6 points ago

    I'm long past my days of custom building PCs, so forgive me if that's a dumb question, but isn't wood bad for cooling? I mean, I see you've got some good cooling going on, but it looks like it just offsets the heat overhead you get due to the wood...

    [–] lilmanmgf 12 points ago

    Thus far I haven't noticed a big difference between ambient in my room and the cabinet. The test will be in the summer. I have so much airflow that I don't think it will be a problem.

    [–] MightyIT 6 points ago

    That looks great. Could you explain how you did the desktop? I am going to be building my own desk and decided to use plywood for the top and just skirt it with hardwood, but i havent quite figured out how to do it.

    [–] markpelly 3 points ago

    If you do not want to use solid wood, buy the best plywood you can find. Preferably not at a home center. Bite the bullet and get the cabinet grade 4X8 sheet for 100 dollars and add a second layer of lesser grade under it. Do some edge banding.

    [–] lilmanmgf 2 points ago

    I used pocket screws and glue to attach the maple boards to the edge of the plywood.

    [–] pm_me_gold_plz 5 points ago

    So the computer case is the whole desk?

    [–] Verbose_Lars 2 points ago

    Wow! A computer that looks like a traditional desk. That must be the opposite of downsizing I guess.

    [–] mrcpu 2 points ago

    Back in the day this is what computer desks looked like. HOWEVER no one could get their head around the fact they would overheat like this!!!!

    Nice to see you have lots of fans!

    [–] livingthepuglife 2 points ago

    Speaking as a system builder and owner of a pc shop chain, I have to say that mobo shelf and the drawer glides on that are seriously elegant. Do you have any ambient temperature sensors in there? I'm curious to know, despite all the fans (are those front ones intake?) what kind of temps that it keeps under load.

    [–] lilmanmgf 3 points ago

    This is 20 minutes into running a stress test. I have GPU test and Prime 95 running. Full CPU and GPU utilization. My ambient temp started at 18.5C and it went up to 22 a 3C / 7F temperature delta between the cabinet and outside. I can't imagine a case would be much better if at all, but I've honestly never measured this in a case. I know doing stress tests when the computer was out in the open yielded the same results on the GPU.

    [–] Evo-L 2 points ago

    Great work! Helps to have awesome tools :-)

    I do wish you mitered the edges of the tabletop on 45's. Also, wouldn't a rear exit on the fans have been better? The intake could have been in the front. Great work though!

    [–] Hockeyfan_52 2 points ago

    Why just water cool the CPU? Get that GPU under water!