Step 1: Buying Materials
-Oak Veneer (enough to make 2-3 cases)- $30
-5 Minute Epoxy - $5
-Mahogany stain with sealant - $7
I assume you have paintbrushs, clamps, knives, and a weekend to work on this.
Step 2: Dismantle and Measuring
If there are any oils or filthy on the panels you should clean them off, stickers come off great with lighter fluid.
Step 3: Cutting Veneer
-Clamp a straight edge to the veneer and table, and using constant presure cut through the veneer with an Xacto knife or razor, be careful because the veneer may split and crack once the knife cuts near the end of the material
Step 4: Epoxy
-Flip the panel over and push it onto the veneer
-Clamp panel to the veneer; use a piece of wood under the veneer so that you dont damage it, if you can, clamp a piece of wood to the panel as well to make sure pressure is spread out evenly
It is 5 minute epoxy, but I gave it about 30minutes before continuing
Step 5: Trimming Veneer
-Cut the excess veneer off using the Xacto: Cut against the grain first, because it will likely crack near the bottom, then cut along the grain; this is easier
-Sand the edges nicely, make sure the veneer is glued throughly, add contact cement or epoxy if necessary
Step 6: Customizing
Since the easy opener is recessed, I punched a hole and then used pressure to crack all the veneer in the area, and cut it out with the xacto, make sure the dial still fits.
Sand the panels and make sure there isnt any resins on the finishing side.
Step 7: Staining
Depending on what you bought, you may need to use a polyurathaine sealer.
Step 8: Reassembly
Now you have a pimped out luxury PC!! If you have a case fan or two then you shouldnt have to worry about overheating. And since your using a standard metal chasis, you have the slots already there if you need to upgrade in the future!