I decided that it had to hold at least:
-my main paperwork
-two of my external harddrives (the largest ones of course)
-my old, but small Canon BJC 85 printer
-a WLAN-router and/or a network switchbox
-a Belkin 5-port USB to network hub
-enough room for other accessories...
-and of course as many switchable power plugs as possible
As I had this black wooden box stuffed with lots of things wich could also be stored somewhere else I decided to take it for this build/hack.
The box comes like other stuff I use for hacking/making from the swiss army supply shop. During my service times I really hated those boxes. They were called "Off-Kiste" wich means box for officers and our officers used them to store all their paperwork, so these black beauties were usually very heavy and guess who had to schlepp them around...
But on the good side, the boxes are very sturdy and lockable!
You may get one in switzerland at the local army shops. Check out the locations of the shops at www.armyliqshop.ch
Step 1: Materials and Tools
5 wall mounted female powerplugs
1 build in plug male for the external powersupply
1 big lighted powerswitch
5 small lighted powerswitches
various leftovers of black cutable plastic
2m aluminium L-profile
1m M6 bolt
4 M6 screw-in nuts
4 M6 winged nuts with washers
2 short M12 bolts with nuts and washers
4 strips of steel with suiting holes (2 small/2 large)
a hole lot of rivets and various screws
Step 2: Taking Measures / Cutting the Pieces
I cutted all the pieces for the switchbox part and placed the switches and the plugs. After having the holes ready I riveted the plugs in place.
After that I knew on witch hight I could place the power-input and the main switch on the case and I marked the shape of the holes, drilled several holes alongside the edge first until the middlepart fell out and put them into the right shape with the file.
Step 3: Placing the Harddiscs
Step 4: Soldering
Step 5: Compartments
Step 6: Cover
Step 7: Top Compartment / Finished Project
In the top compartment iI will place a small printer and later the router.
Perhaps I will add a ventilation fan to the HD-compartment in a later step, but for now I can work with it as it is.