Introduction: The "Clockworkers Server"
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.
Step 1: The Parts for the Computer
- 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
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. :-)
Step 3: Building the Stand and the Case
The stand was made from 2pieces of 21mm multiplex wood. The frame was mounted with two pieces of wood on the stand.
After I tried the right position for the frame I stained and painted the stand and did the final mounting.
The case was made from thin multiplex and stained and painted as well. On the top is a wide opening for the air flow. Later covered by another piece of stained and painted multiplex.
Step 4: Building and Mountig the Switch
- a piece of wood (for mounting everything together)
- a micro switch
- two adjusting collars (6mm diameter)
- a piece of 6mm round brass
- a 6mm bracket
- some screws
- a spring
Than mount it together as shown on picture four.
Connect it to the power on switch of your computer.
I mounted the switch in my case so it lays exact behind a hole in the middle of my tower.
See pictures 5 - 7.
Now you can turn the winding key to switch the server on and off. It looks like a clockwork. ;-)
With kind regards,