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last modified: Thursday 26 January 2017
author: Hales
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Mounting computers on wooden boards

I've had a Pentium 4 setup taking space on my bench for a while. It's nice to have it when my niece is around or when I need to get something off an IDE drive, but I hate having to pack up and rebuild it all the time

My only spare case at the moment is very big and unwieldy. And it's already clogging a doorway. So I thought my best option would be to make something simple to mount the computer parts on that I can then store out of the way. Eg up on a hook on a wall.

Behold, the 2D computer case:

I've spaced the motherboard off the plywood using small blocks of pine. Although I do have proper brass M3 standoffs, these leave me with little space for cable routing under the board.

The whole unit stands up on the power supply. I've hacked little brackets out of aluminium roof flashing to screw down the PSU and harddrives. It's also worth noting that you have to be very gentle when screwing small thread (eg computer) screws into wood -- they tend to form poor threads (shortly before annihilating them).

Overall things are now much easier to handle:

Now I just need to find a spot on the wall to hang it. Hmm. That might be harder than I thought. Should have thought of this before hand

Obligatory computer specs:

C'mon Windows, that's not a Core 2. You're either drunk or really pissed about all that RAM you can't see.


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