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Months Woodworking Project
This is a
little different kind of project that hopefully will inspire more than
instruct. I call this a Steampunk Toolbox Computer. If you are not
familiar with Steampunk I'd suggest going on-line and doing a search for
it. According to Wikipedia Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction
and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy. The
term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still
widely used - usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England -
but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as
fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G.
Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the
computer occurring at an earlier date.
I had just rebuilt a computer in my home and still had the old
motherboard, power supply, hard drive, optical drive, sound card and
other pieces lying around. All they needed to come to life was a new home
and the old toolbox would be that home.
toolbox belonged to a model maker that worked at Boeing making model
airplanes for wind tunnel testing. As best I can guess it was made by him
back in the 1940's. While it looks kind of cool it was pretty tired and
not worth much as a toolbox any more. I wanted to have a computer in my
shop and this fir the ticket perfectly.
To begin with I
gutted the old toolbox.
To mount the
power supply I got the dimensions from the internet and laid them out on
a piece of paper.
I taped that
paper inside my toolbox and marked the holes to drill and the cutout for
Using a saber saw I cut out the holes for the fan, power switch and power
motherboard should be grounded and that happens through the standoff's on
the back of the board I cut out a piece of sheet metal to mount behind
I screwed the
motherboard to the toolbox running the screws through standoffs and sheet
Next I cut holes
in the top shelf of the toolbox for all the connectors.
plywood shelf was too thick I had to use my palm router to thin out the
areas for the connectors.
Bosch Colt™ Variable-Speed
Palm Router Kit
This is how the
I later cut out
the area for the mother board connectors and mounted the metal plate that
is designed for computer cases.
Next came the CDR and hard drive.
wasn't deep enough to allow the CDR to fit properly so I had to drill out
some relief in the back.
I decided to suspend the CDR and hard drive on a piece of sheet metal.
the sheet metal to size I bent it by clamping it to my workbench with a
piece of wood and bent it up with another piece of wood.
I drilled all the mounting holes for the sheet metal and screwed it to
the top of the case.
I wanted the CDR
to look and function like a drawer in the toolbox. I removed the old
plastic nameplate that was on the drive and replaced it with a piece of
wood as a spacer.
I took the old
drawer front and counter bored about halfway through the piece to make
room for the eject button on the front of the drive.
I drilled a hole
to access the eject button.
I glued and clamped the old drawer front to the door of the drive.
drawers would no longer fit into the toolbox I cut them down.
They are no
longer very functional but they look cool.
Here's the back
and end of the toolbox.
You can see the
cutouts for the power supply and the hole I cut in the end for a chassis
This is the toolbox opened up with the CDR opened also.
This should give
you an idea about this project. To see the rest of it go to www.runnerduck.com/steampunk/sptoolbox.htm. We
hope you liked this project. If you build it and your friends ask where
you got such a clever idea, please tell them that you got it at