Hello I am Matthew Enderle, a Junior at Lomira High School in Lomira, WI. Last year I took every single shop class except for Fundamentals of Wood Technology and Basic Home and Auto, so I took them this year. In Fundamentals of Wood Technology we needed to search on the internet for a wooden plan and make a Plan of Procedure and Bill of Materials, or we could make our own plan and the other jazz too. As most of the other students chose the example that my teacher showed us I decided to make my own.
About my plan:
I knew that I am experienced in Autocad inventor, Google Sketchup, and the Solidworks software. I chose to go with my student copy from Autodesk of Autocad Inventor 2010. I told him what I planed to do, how big, and how much and he said "I can't wait". He knows I'd do well because last year my students from my shop class and other shop classes went to Las Vegas last year for a National Construction Competition. After about 3 hours I came up with a design similar to the Nintendo Wii, but with the computer components extruding from the left panel. I then went to work from my paper illustration, of which I lost, and then made it in Inventor.
About the case:
This case is consisting of (in order of least to common by weight) Purple Heart, Oak, Pine, and Cherry. My grandparents do woodworking for their retired lives as a hobby and you can see some of their work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/jdintarsia and they are in Arizona right now so I moved into their Woods Shop. The Base of the case is about 13" x 6.25" x 13". Why 13" you might ask? I wanted to use just 12" but then the base would be flush with the upright extrusion. It felt that it would be a plain ugly cookie cutter shape and just not appealing to the eye(s). If you look at the default picture below the red-ish trim on the base and the up right is all cherry, the side panels are Pine as also the Motherboard mount is too, and the Silver is actually a type of oak with a type of etching poly on it. I even found a strip of Purple hear that I used as an inlay on the side of the Motherboard houseing to give it some detail. It is empty right now between the Motherboard and the front because I'm waiting on my Slot loading Blue-ray burner to come so I can CADD all over it, just so it will fit.
About the PC's specs:
MSI FUZZY RS690T AMD ATI AM2+ MINI ITX HDMI Motherboard - $30
AMD ATHLON 64 3800 X2 AM2 CPU ADA3800IAA5CU - $15
Toshiba Blu-ray Combo BD-RW Slot DVD RW SATA Drive - $30
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 200-Pin DDR2 - $30
Patriot 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal SSD - $30
This isn't the instructable yet. After this one is done I will remake it with a higher precision and release my plans. However if you want the plans and don't want anyone else to have them, message me and I can sell them to you. As of writing this I have school tomorrow and will be working on this for 3/8ths of my school days for all five days. Each day I hopefully will post a new picture and then a video when done!