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Compubeaver --> How to case mod a beaver - in 29 easy steps!

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Turn a taxidermy animal into your desktop PC.

Both neat and handy!
 
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Step 1: Purchase a beaver of your very own

There are lots of old taxidermy mounts out there - garage sales, antique stores, ebay are all good sources for older pieces. You'll probably want a high quality mount since you'll be removing the bulk of the internal structure, so better quality (ie not falling apart) probably means stronger.

Step 2: Purchase computer components

Purchase your computer components. You'll want to do this before you start so that you have a general idea of how much room you'll need to create inside the beaver, and what sort of slots you'll need to cut for specific components. For a basic machine, you'll need a motherboard, a hard drive, some ram, cd or dvd drive, a fan and a power supply.

Step 3: Purchase a motherboard

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There are a variety of boards you can choose from. I went with a MiniITX board because of size - it's 17cm x 17cm versus the much larger standard motherboards. If you have a HUGE beaver, it would be possible to install a standard board, but you really need to make sure that it will fit. Another plus with the MiniITX board is that it included an external power supply, which means a good bulk of the heat will not be inside the beaver. Good news, trust me.
O.o
Eep!
Step 17.
Ironic, the beaver on its back and the...opening...you made...

I feel that I can't tell my wife about this, because I was ogling another woman's beaver!
What about the mouse?
lol, the "mouse mouse" if I remember right :)
I have stumbled across this beaver several times on different pages. I do not think I had seen it here before ever though I am sure it was. But now that I see it here and I know I can comment directly to the artist that did it I thought I better comment. Would I have a beaver computer on my desk? No. However I love the idea. This is ultimate recycling!!
Turtlepwr1 year ago
It would be awesome if you could lift his tail up and the out would slide the cd drive
triggernum56 years ago
BTW, to those of you who are appalled by this I'd like to point out that step 1 is not "Find and kill a beaver".. And its no more disrespectful than the way nature deals with carcasses personally.. In nature a dead beaver is pretty much a meal and a toy to another animal.. Animals LOVE defiling the carcasses of other animals, but they like it even more when the critter is still alive for an added challenge..
Who DOESN'T!
Totally agreed Also, I don't see anyone here crying over "dead hamburgers" XD
dead hamburgers taste good. lmao.
dorian_rpg3 years ago
I'm amazed.. the the second best use of a beaver since.... er.. nevermind... but seriously. how has it held up? is your beaver upgradeable?
SephysManda3 years ago
This is so rad!
ManyuX954 years ago
That is pretty bad :( poor beaver. He would have expected to be eaten by warms or another animal, not to be recycled as a computer case or as furniture :S
Troyboyd4 years ago
 thats what she said xD but honestly. how does it not over heat? its inside a beaver?
Thank god this didn't get the ethics treatment that the 'mouse-mouse' received. Some people just don't have a sense of humour...
stupid P.E.T.A. bunch a dirty hippies >:)
Amen.
would they rather have had an instructable named "how to eat a live mouse in 1 easy step"?
No, the problem isn't that some people don't have a sense of humor, the problem is that some people don't have a sense of decency.
Decency is relative. Do you eat meat? You may well not be aware of the tortuous treatment animals undergo (especially kosher animals) before they're slaughtered. Ever seen animals in the wild? They kill ceaselessly to survive. A simple piece of taxidermy is quite tame; quite 'decent'.
joeofloath4 years ago
Now why didn't they name ubuntu Breezy Badger 'Breezy Beaver'?
airecrist4 years ago
these comments are hilarious, the mod is amusing as well but the "beaver" comments are the best :P
chriskarr4 years ago
I want to cover my entire case with beaver skin so that my hardware will always be inside a nice, warm beaver, and I'll never have to worry about my hardware getting blue or red and irritated. I will also be safe if the beaver gets wet.
luvit4 years ago
"Ward, don't you think you've been too hard on the Beaver?"
BlueX2734 years ago
Lol, this mod makes me laugh just thinking about it!!! Good job!
Arbitror4 years ago
This is awesome!
*5
That's revolting.
syphek4 years ago
you gotta make sure your beaver is smooth
It may be easier to shave your beaver... To make cutting easier ;)
davidmyriad4 years ago
Could you save time by getting some tupperwear for the components and just sticking it in the foam?
Put it as his tongue :P
I'd place that in his - you know -
geeklord4 years ago
I should make my own computer. If i could do something for the case like this it would save a couple bucks. Then i could fully switch to linux, and the whole shebang. Any good links for that sort of thing?
msspurlock4 years ago
I'm pretty sure case-modding a beaver is illegal everywhere except West Virginia. Unless it's your sister.
There seems to be some sort of tallish object on the left corner of the table (in front of the chair) that I didn't spot on the materials list... will I need that?
that might come in handy
syphek4 years ago
i thought it was a good thing when the beaver started heating up...
Enigma87505 years ago
'Thats a really smooth Beaver. Does it do tricks.
fazgard5 years ago
By far the cooolest case mod I've ever seen. Great job.
fazgard5 years ago
I don't think that this page title has ever been used anywhere else on the net :)
fazgard5 years ago
Haha - that's for the hours of frustraion cutting!
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