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Picture of Vintage Radio Computer Tower.
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This was a fun project because it was quite easy, when the case was done all you had to do was add the doo dads and you get a fun looking housing for your tower.

The work involved took about 40 hours about 6 were wasted on some stuff I decided to reject as unacceptable.

The Radio dial is a home construct, I am trying to work to the goal of doing all my own construction of such things, antique stores are usally expensive, and you can rarely find what you want to use.

The knife switch was a rare find in Alaska, it was not made by me.

If you had to buy all the wood and materials new with out using scraps I would guess the cost to be 200.00

I think because I had so much of the stuff left over from furniture making my cost was about 30.00 give or take ten bucks.

Step 1: The box construction

Picture of The box construction
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The only thing that is slightly unusual in my box construction is the curved front corner, I used a piece of 1 3/4 inch PVC as a corner
I did this because I didn't want the case to be unnecessarily wide, and the hallow pipe allows the tower to slide right up close to the front without hitting a rounded corner piece.

I used hot glue to hold the corner in place, and I recommend you cut the pipe "oversize" to allow for your table saw blade thickness.

The sides of the box are thicker than the pipe which was handy so I cut a rabbit down the edge to match the thickness of the pipe.

The top bottom and front are all Baltic birch plywood 9 ply, I made the sides over lap the top and bottom because I didn't want and seems to show when I skinned it up.

There is a rabbit on the front panel just like the side to accommodate the PVC 1/4 round.

A pin nailer held it together while the glue set..

 
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Firestalk2 years ago
Could you add a picture to download of the dial? It'd help a bunch :D
longwinters (author)  Firestalk2 years ago
I forget which one I used, you will need to trim the edges and adjust size of corse.
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farna2 years ago
Just to make this clear -- what you made is a box that a standard tower slides into, not the computer case itself? So I assume that the back of the tower is on the left side of your case (the side not shown in any of the photos... maybe take one and post it?), or is that the front of the tower so that a CD/DVD drive can be used? Or does the speaker grille come off/is hinged to expose a CD/DVD? Or something else just occurred to me -- there is no CD/DVD drive. For a server or media computer (streaming only, couldn't play DVDs) that would be acceptable.
longwinters (author)  farna2 years ago
You are correct, it is just a box, it's slightly over size for circulation and incase this tower dies.

The back of the box is open for cables and air flow, plus it's never seen.

The grill with the lightning bolt pops off to reveal the usb ports and CD, mem and sim card slots.
paddyart2 years ago
I think This has to be one of the most tastefully done PC mods off all time. Good show Good Sir.
I can not stop looking at it. :-)
criggie2 years ago
Can you say anything about airflow? Is there a designed flow ?
longwinters (author)  criggie2 years ago
Yes, it is 2 inches taller than the tower, and the front grill is lose fiting as well as the speaker hole goes through, I'll check my processor temp if it's high I'll bore some holes in the bottom, the back is open too.

If that is not enough there is room for a muffin fan or two underneath because of the lower trim peice.
Winged Fist2 years ago
Congrats on being featured in the newsletter! Well deserved recognition;-)
Dandolion2 years ago
Looks awesome. I like the PVC curves a lot. The vintage feel is great. FYI the term is knife switch not scissor switch ( which actually makes more sense). The reason I mention this is that I have been buying them on eBay for a little over a year now (I have been building a Frankenstein lab) and wanted you to know that they are easier to come by than you might think.
Nicely done! Good luck with your challenge.
sdobbie2 years ago
You spelled ravioli wrong on the front of the case.
purelabor2 years ago
beautiful
longwinters (author)  purelabor2 years ago
Thank's for your kind words, I invite all to click on the stars in the upper right to let me know what you think if you don't want to post a comment.
ilpug2 years ago
This is amazing. Nuff' said.
longwinters (author) 2 years ago
Note to Moderators, I entered this in the shop bot challenge because of all the router work that was needed to make everything fit, this is documented in the steps.

If I had known there was such a challenge I would have stepped up my router work a notch, oh well that's what I get for not paying attention....

A big thank's to everyone who has commented.

Winged Fist2 years ago
Wow!!! I agree with Junophor... take a bow, and then add a pat on the back! Truly beautiful Art Deco case mod! I think this would make Jeffrey Stephenson raise an eyebrow if it were entered in a competition against one of his Art Deco case mods!

I think this would qualify as Dieselpunk, or maybe more appropriately 'Decopunk.'

I've been thinking about an external hard drive bay in an Art Deco style, and you've given me some great ideas....

Fantastic use of PVC, and the dial looks amazing!

Sorry I can only give this 5 stars;-)
Junophor2 years ago
Hi longwinters

Take a bow for your creative power!!!

Very cool this project. Im longing for some spare time to create new things too......my head is full with ideas but you know the work.....;-))

Once again: Very cool
Cheers Aeon Junophor
Way cool.
longwinters (author)  alicyn.wonderland2 years ago
Hey Kiddo, I had real problems photographing it, the thing is way cooler than these pics show, the dumb thing has a presence that demands you look at it, I left several of my weird ideas off because I was happier with the simpler format.