Picture of Home Made PC Troubleshooting Case.
I have a troubleshooting computer that I use to test other computer components. Until now I just connected the motherboard, power supply, and periphrials togther on my desk. for easy access. I have seen cases made specifically for this purpose like the Tech Station. I did not want to spend that kind of money. I also have found some do it yourself cases that were close such as this one. But I think I have come up with a cheaper, easier to manufacture and more adjustable version.

Step 1: Gather materials

Picture of Gather materials
1- 7/16 " Plastic sheet.
2 - 3/8" all thread 3' long
16 - 3/8" nuts
16 - 3/8" washers
4 - 3/8" plastic caps
6 - 6-32 x1" nylon screws
12 - 6-32 nylon nuts

3/16" drill bit
1/2" Forstner Bit
Table Saw
1/8" roundover bit
Drill Press
Double sided tape

Some notes:
1) I would not recommend the plastic I used. It was a 2x4' sheet of recycled plastic I found at Menards. It was not square so my pieces were slightly trapezoidal. It also proved to be too warped to work with effectively. I had a bear of a time routing the edges. I would recommend using some 1/4" Lexan. It would stay much flatter and be easier to work with. It would also be a neat trick to drill a bunch of holes in the back side of one piece of lexan and stick some LEDs in. This would make the sheet light up with a cool glow.
2) You don't need the router and 1/8" roundover bit. I just thought it would give a more finished look to smoothe the edges of the plastic.
3) Any saw that you can cut plastic would do.
4) Although a drill press will give you neater perfectly perpendicular holes, a hand drill would suffice.
5) A forstner bit is what allowed me to drill the overlapping holes. I did not intend to do that; I miscalculated. Any old 1/2 bit would probably do, but I like the clean holes Forstner bits create.
bwpatton15 years ago
Cool! I need to build one of these for my ageing inferstructure of 8-10 computers at my house, they are all in vairous states of disrepair, LOL. B.P.
You should make them all into one and then cluster them, might give them a new kick of life :P
i have been wanting to do that just have never had the time
Ive allways wanted to but never really understood what i could do with this :P
play games if you relay wanted to... all of the special affects in titanic were don that way
I dont do gaming, and most laptops now a'days can preform that much :)
iamjelo4 years ago
could i use fiberglass instead? just asking. thanks.
You could use anything that is solid :)
ichibon6 years ago
ok now this is awesome for a geekgirl2u. this tut is soo kewel that i am gonna modify my own station & give or take a few of your ideas. omg awesome, ichibon
SuperFungus6 years ago
Wow a metcal soldering station. I'm very jealous.
benjamenjohnson (author)  SuperFungus6 years ago
Gotta love Ebay!
kostassk86 years ago
where is the power button?
benjamenjohnson (author)  kostassk86 years ago
It's a pair of tweezers or a screwdriver that I use to short the leads on the motherboard's front panel header.
omnibot6 years ago
Nice. I like. Used to keep mine screwed into the back of a shelf.
teknoman6 years ago
Great Job. Personally i think this design is better than the actual expensive ones because you can move the top level up and down to better accommodate anything you want to add underneath. That and by having those long threads you could pretty much add any accessories you could want (switches, fans, LCDs,ect...). I gve you wicked props for this, and i defanately am going to mae one for myself.
benjamenjohnson (author)  teknoman6 years ago
Hey, thanks for the praise!
stone34088 years ago
Great idea. I've seen a few like this before but, very nice design. Great use of materials for building the rack. Maybe a slightly higher rack (for motherboard access) with a third shelf for the monitor, mouse, keyboard, or speakers. I like the ideas of the power strip too, that will make it much more portable. With custom length power/monitor cords you could cut down on the clutter. Every complete shop should have one. Very nice instructable.
HamO8 years ago
Excellent, very well done! I just used a plain piece of plywood with a PS on it and all other parts just loose on the board. I will make one like this. Thanks for sharing.
LasVegas8 years ago
Great job! I never considered aesthetics when building a test jig. Just the use of plastic for the bases rather than plywood makes it look cool while still functional.
mikesty8 years ago
Pretty cool. Attach a power strip and a little bin for converters and supplies such like zipties and you're set :)