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Hi everybody

I am so glad to present you my newest steampunk object after such a long time of absence.

I got the idea for this project after seeing the bird’s nest of cables behind my networking equipment.

Organizing the mess of cables under (and on top of) my desk is a never-ending battle, but I came up with this idea: only one box containing my adsl modem, router/access point and network switch (steampunked, obviously).

It might seem like a long instructable, but I want to guide you step by step.

Hopefully this will inspire you to see what you have available to make your own steampunk creation!

Step 1: What You'll Need

As with most steampunk designs, or any found-object art, your supply list can vary widely, but here I put mine as a guide:

  • wooden boxes.
  • wood sheet (veneer, 1 mm thickness).
  • four medium drawers pulls.
  • acrylic rods 5 mm diameter.
  • four brass made female RCA connectors with metal spring.
  • brass rings.
  • clock gears.
  • metal drawer handle.
  • brass grilles.
  • deadbolt rings.
  • Cap nuts brass (decoration).
  • clear self-adhesive film (to protect the paper inserts).
  • Shoelaces (to cover the cables).
  • Analog Vu Meter.
  • Several electronic components: IC cd4093, square orange leds, resistors, capacitors, IC 7809, pcb board, etc (quantities and values in the corresponding steps).
<p>The problem with the aerial is that even metallic paint/ink can spoil things, but maybe some shoe polish, brown rather than black, fixed with an light overspray of varnish, would be a good fit. Get a leather look rather than plastic. I'd go for a shade a bit different to the wood, and maybe you don't need the fixer-spray.</p><p>Something I would think about is RFI. You can get conductive shielding paint, but if the inside of the original plastic casings is just plastic, I doubt there's any need. It is rather expensive.</p><p>The fan airflow pattern might be a factor. A baffle plate over the circuit boards could help keep the air moving over the circuit boards, but do the two intakes spoil that? I've been replacing the fans on an old rack-mount switch, and that has intake on one side, extractor fans on the other, all nice and simple. Also, with new fans, silent.</p>
<p>WOW.Know nothing about electronics,Superb,and very well explained ,I also enjoyed reading HOW. At 72 can't see myself learning,JACK of most trades,Master of a few,Will be following your works .Have a good day.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for the idea alone! Now I know what I'll be doing with my replacement modem &amp; router when I get them. I'll make them beautiful so they don't make me so unhappy looking at them. I never would have thought of this or anything even close to this. I'll probably have a friend help me with designing our own, but your guide &amp; idea are a bigger help than you know! &lt;3</p>
Really, really, really nice work ! Congratulations.
<p>Fantastic!!!!!!!</p>
<p>Great work!! Fantastic!</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to your next project!</p>
<p>If you wanted to make the box even more steampunk, I say attach a small dc motor to the flickering circuit and then integrate the gears to make them actually turn on the box. Gear combinations can easily be combines around corners too, so you could be looking at a full clicking and ticking modem ^_^.</p>
<p>I had to decide to terminate at some point :D</p>
<p>The only problem I see is that you didn't include a means to help keep the electronics cool. Passive cooling does work in some cases but in others a bit of active cooling is needed. Might I suggest a fan with a thermal switch to activate it when the box goes over a set temperature?</p>
<p>The fan was installed under the grille air outlet to extract hot air out but dont have thermal switch (It is always on)</p>
<p>Very nicely done! Taking advantage of internal reflection!</p>
<p><a href="http://realt.onliner.by/2014/05/19/mednyx-del-master" rel="nofollow">http://realt.onliner.by/2014/05/19/mednyx-del-mast...</a></p><p>))</p>
<p>Ha, ha! Now this is really cool! I'm impressed!</p>
<p>This is awesome! I inherited my grandparents old console TV. None of the electronics worked so I have gutted it (I saved all the parts except the picture tube) and am slowly converting it into a giant computer case with my big flat panel sitting on top. Now, I finally have the inspiration for making it truly unique. </p>
<p>Man, I love this! You're very creative. Steampunk is a nice way of returning to the days of old, before plastic. When products were actually designed to be aesthetically pleasing. </p><p>Especially like the use of &quot;light rods&quot;. The use of the shoe laces, wow, now that's steampunk!</p><p>Just a couple of comments.</p><p>How about using a short length of heat shrink tubing slipped over the acrylic rod and LED's to help maintain alignment.</p><p>No mention of using a block of wood, as backing, when drilling the holes, especially with MDF.</p><p>I like to print to label material utilizing its adhesive.</p><p>For those that have never used contact cement: One could slip wax paper between the two items to make alignment easier.</p><p>Also, I want to emphasize that the contact cement must not be even tacky, let alone wet.</p><p>I even use a comparable technique when using glues such as Titebond. I apply it and let it soak in (especially for softer woods such as pine and basswood or even MDF) and then apply a little more before assembly.</p><p>For wood finishes, I'm stuck on Watco Danish Oil. I wet sand a heavy coat of it with 220 wet/dry, doing this several times over the course of several days. The wet sanding works the sanding into the pores leaving an exceptional finish. It isn't as durable as say, shellac, but it is very forgiving. Colors are limited, though.</p><p>using several coats </p>
<p>Very nice work. I love how you used acrylic rods for the indicator lights, very clever.</p>
<p>This is incredible looking. </p><p>I have an old router, and I will definitely put this instructable to use. I love the VU meter most of all; however, I am unclear on how to attach the VU meter to the router. Can you just parallel the VU meter to the LED contacts on the router so it will bounce each time the Wifi LED pulses? This would be the ideal use for it in my design. Thanks for the excellent build!</p>
<p>I have to say that it is not so simple.<br>My Vumeter is connected to the circuit flicker but takes the signal from a resistor at the base of the transistor.<br>Will not work directly connected to your router leds.</p><p>I think it may be useful to you: </p><p><a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-home-router-with-analogue-utilisation-met/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-home-router-with-analogue-utilisation-met/</a></p>
<p>Beautiful. That's just about what I needed.</p><p>Sadly, this author posted neither how he got the power supply needed for the meter to bounce properly, nor his exact final schematic and wiring diagrams. I suppose that I will have to make an Instructable myself on the subject! The information in that link and this Steampunk Network Center design should make an excellent jumping-off point.</p>
<p>OMG, this is like Steam Punk project porn to me! I love it. I could never make it but I loved reading about it! Great job!</p>
<p>Great project! You can buy flickering yellow LEDs now.</p>
<p>Yes, I know but I like to control the flicker effect.</p>
<p>Now that's what I call an Epic-Router; Would be proud to have that on my desk ! I just finished installing a new router myself, and need a way to keep people who shouldn't be touching out. Somthing like this could be much better then some plywood.</p><p>Awesome job ! Hope to see more :D</p>
Wow! Great ideas! This is a very cool project. Looks Great!
<p>Super cool!</p>
<p>A W E S O M E ! !</p>

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