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Even modern clock workers need servers to store their data.
I would like to have a server that can be switched on by a winding key for clocks.

Unfortunately you can´t buy such a switch. But you can build it! :-)

The server is a tower with the following dimensions:

16 cm to 16 cm and 50 cm high.
The case is made from multiplex wood.
It is stained with black stain and painted with shellac.

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Step 1: The parts for the computer

Picture of The parts for the computer
You need:
  • atx mini power supply
  • a fan
  • one ore two harddisks (I used two hard disk´s 512 GByte for the data and 60 GByte for Windows 2000 and the storage for the FTP - Server and the Web Server.
  • a motherboard (3,5 inch formfactor) This MB will fit exactly the size of a 3.5 ´´ harddisk. It has LAN 10/100, VGA and one IDE Connector on board. I attached 512 MByte RAM.
  • two jointer for woodwork (steel)
  • some pieces of wood
  • Windows 2000 server (I bought one package with 5 CAL´s for 30.- EUR) WIN 2000 Server has two free RDP connections for administration.
  • Filezilla Server (FTP)
  • Apache (WEB - Server)

Step 2: Building the frame

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I mounted everything between the two jointer. The only thing I have to do (to make the hard disk´s fit) is to widen the holes a bit.
With the hard disk´s in place I have had a perfect frame for mounting the power supply and the fan.
There is only one fan that cools the power supply and the mother board as well.
After the cabling I installed WIN 2000 server, apache and file zilla server on it. Then I made a final test and everything was OK. :-)
Winged Fist3 years ago
Incredibly elegant case design! I have a wonderful old victorian-era key I would love to use in a case build to turn on my computer, but the on/off switch on my monitor is "touch sensitive." Any suggestions on how to use a key to turn on a touch sensitive switch?

I think you could create a whole Instructable on how to create a "key switch" to turn on a computer... I'm sure there are plenty of other steampunk modders who would benefit from your expertise.

Absolutely love this "Clockworker's Server"... 5 stars!
Horatius.Steam (author)  Winged Fist3 years ago

may be yes. I you touch the key and turn it against the touch sensitive area it must switch on or of.
Try it with a piece of metal in your hand...

Kind regards,

Horatius steam
zigojacko3 years ago
this looks a neat build, great job! :)
ironsmiter3 years ago
So, that motherboard is a Pico-itx form factor(3.9 × 2.8 in)?

I absolutely adore your use of the old clock key for the on/off switch.

Any chance we could get a picture of the backside?
I know it's the least steampunk part, but I'd like to see how you designed the PSU fan cover.
Horatius.Steam (author)  ironsmiter3 years ago
I uploaded the picture of the back and placed it at the last page.

You ca see there are only two hole for power and the LAN cable.
The air intake is in the base plate. The airflow is from the hole in the base plate against the CPU and then it flows up to top.
Quite effective.


H. Steam
Horatius.Steam (author)  ironsmiter3 years ago
The board is a ECM 3610 with 5,7´x 4´. You can find some informations here: CLICK
cerebender3 years ago
You might need to "unpublish" and "re-publish" this instructable to correct the spelling in the title. There are probably a lot of Makers out there getting in big trouble at work right now! LOL

Great project!
Horatius.Steam (author)  cerebender3 years ago
Thank you very much for that advise!

So the name is correct. Thanks again ;-)

H. Steam
zack2473 years ago
first that mini pc, now this epic thing?
man, you are on fire! im still working on mine and youve already done 2!

epic job here.
makermike3 years ago
It's called "Baltic Plywood" in the US. Looks similar to "regular" plywood except that it's made of birch and the plies are thinner than typically seen in regular plywood. More expensive, but better quality and finer grained, so it can be cut into more detailed shapes.
You could cool the tower better by elevating the hardware higher on the frame and putting a large fan under the hardware with enough space on the bottom to draw air up from the cooler ground. The tower of course would need open space in the bottom to draw the air in. Also, you could add a fan that blows the hot air upward and out of the frame. These two fans would act as a draw and push for the air cooling of the system.
Fypsigon3 years ago

What is the adress of your website?

...and where can i get the brass corners you used for your server? (die Messing-Eckenschützer...)

Horatius.Steam (author)  Fypsigon3 years ago
My website is

The brass corners are from Kock & Sack in Hamburg

They have a lot of brass nuts, bolts etc. as well.

Junophor3 years ago
Nearly every object you present surprises new with its funny ideas!
Great job;-)))
Kasm2793 years ago
Nice build! I'm curious, why use Windows 2000? It's past its end of lifetime and no longer gets security updates.
Horatius.Steam (author)  Kasm2793 years ago
It was there and for internal purposes (intranet on conventions and RPG´s) its save enough and it´s only 30.- EUR including 5 CAL´s.
And FREENAS is not running on that motherboard.

With kind regards,

Horatius Steam
justjimAZ3 years ago
I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest the title should be "Clockwork Server" rather than "Cockworkers Server". I could be wrong though.
Horatius.Steam (author)  justjimAZ3 years ago
no, there is no clockwork in the server (what a nice idea) it should be a server for a clock worker. :-)

Thank you and kind regards,

H. Steam
I think the correction was with regard to the missing 'L'. The second letter in clock.
To add further clarification, in the title of the instructible there is no lowercase "L". Certainly some people will be disappointed if they arrive here expecting something of a different er... nature.
Horatius.Steam (author)  camiller3 years ago
Thank you ;-) *gg*
Kiteman3 years ago
I love the switch, an elegant solution.

(I think you mean "plywood" instead of "multiplex wood"?)
Horatius.Steam (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
There is a different between plywood and "multiplex" in Germany I guess.
"Multipex" has more layers and the layers are harder than the layers in plywood. The material its such hard that you are able to drill windings in it.

If "Multiplex" is the wrong word, I will use plywood instead. :-)

Thank you,

H. Steam
If multiplex is right, then stay with it - it's just that I've only heard the word linked to cinemas and cables before.