Nothing beats the texture, look and feel of wood. With a little inspiration
, the allure of wood brought me to this, the woody PC.
Step 1: Materials
First, I'm not replacing parts - we're just woodifying them. Therefore, I decided to use veneers.
1. Wood - I'm using rosewood
2. Glue - at first, I wanted to use contact cement. But, at the last moment - I went with wood glue. Contact cement gives you one chance to lay down the veneer perfectly - this is not going to happen.
3. Clamps and/or medical tape (it does not leave back sticky residue and it not super strong)
4. Cutting template (I'm providing for my hp zv5000 so it can be printed, or laser cut)
5. Finishing materials - I'm using boiled linseed oil as I want the wood to age with time.
6. Materials for laptop disassembly - see disassembly instructions
Step 2: CAD File
First, you need a drawing of what you want to cut. I'm veneering the black parts of my front bezel with rosewood. So, armed with a caliper and ruler - I created a dxf of my bezel. To make things simple, I neglected to include screw and latch holes as I can remove these later with an X-acto knife.
Step 3: Cut
After your template has been tested - cut your wood. As I had access to a laser cutter, I laser cut away. Before cutting, I attached some transfer paper to protect the surrounding areas of wood from the intense heat from the laser beam.
Step 4: Finishing
Use your favorite finishing method - just be sure to allow flex if needed. For me, several coats of linseed oil.