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Hello everyone,

So a while ago, a good friend of mine who is a photographer, came to me asking about buying a NAS to store all her photos to, since at the moment she was just using external hard drives and it was super cumbersome. So I looked around and did some research and after discussing it with her we came to the conclusion that since she wanted a raid 5 array that a typical store bought NAS enclosure was pretty pricey. So I came up with the idea that I would build her a NAS from my business to hers. What she didn't know was that I decided to make it unique by making it entirely out of wood.

I designed it all in Autodesk Inventor and after a few renditions I finally felt like it was good enough to cut on the cnc router table I had access to. So I created the G-Code you need for the cnc machine in VCarve Pro and cut out the case out of a 1/4" 12" wide board of Oak.

Once the CNC machine was done cutting it I then sanded all the panels and made sure the were ready for assembly. Then I assembled the case by slotting all the panels together into the designed dato joints and gluing them together. After that I sprayed the entire case with an epoxy spray to seal the wood up as well as giving it a nice shiny look.

Then when the case was all assembled it came time to put all the NAS components in. I feel that the final product came out great and Danielle the owner of Marstonphotography.org absolutely loved her new NAS. She even took the pictures you see above of it, which in my opinion really made the Wooden Case POP!

If you want to see the buildlog you can check it out here: https://youtu.be/xX6rWPRyFTI you can also download all the CAD files I used in the video's description if you would like to make a wooden NAS case as well, just pay attention to the changes I said you should make at the end of the video. Also if you like Danielle's photos check out here website also linked in the video description and maybe comment on her blog post about this case, just let her know that I sent you!

Let me know what you guys think of the build in the comments below or by commenting on my video!

Thanks, Zac with NeXTech News

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 6 points

Illmatic, yo!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

What's that mean haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 6 points

I saw ‘NAS’ and thought of the rapper by the same name, and his best album which was ‘Illmatic’! Then there’s a little tie-in to ‘ill’ which (loosely) meant ‘cool’ in the 80’s! My references run deep! :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha I love your reference!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 4 points

This is the first time I have seen a Noctua fan look good. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha me too!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! The AMD APU for a NAS is unconventional, but still kinda cool! By the way, (sorry if this is a bit much), can you check out my case design here: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/280548-laser-cut-micro-atx-case and do a critique so I can refine it? Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The link won't open

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1utJh9eId7aKvaWyACm1V706GX0DLgsot/view?usp=sharing

Sorry, it worked for me, but I'm not sure about you. It's a SVG openable in Inkscape, by the way.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I love these unique builds.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you like it!!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so glad that you do!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

This is absolutely insane man. The sheer talent that is required to pull something like this off... you have my respect!! +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, means a lot!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm in love with the tiny little screen!! I gotta ask, being fairly unfamiliar with NAS aside from the fact that it's used as storage over a network, what is the purpose of the SSD?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

The SSD is whay the operating system is running on, but some people will also use the SSD as a cache

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

operating system

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Noice!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

What is the cable (connected to the rear I/O panel) used for in this build?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

most likely hdmi/usb for the touchscreen

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the HDMI cable for the little screen on the side of the case

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing ! Tell me you will go at Computex with it ? xD

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish I could! I'd love to go to computex but never have gotten to go before

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for originality and sheer ability to have pulled this off!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I iz wanting zis!!!!!!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha yeah?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

YAZ!!!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hope that is good haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's causally connected to the circumstance of you not being in possession of it anymore, so it's a consideration of perspective. ; )

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is magnificient! If I had a CNC I would disapear for a while, the machine would be working 24/7

I like it when a NAS is hidden, somewhere, far out of sight and where you cannot hear it. But yours is an exception.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm glad this one is the exception! And yeah I plan to do much more with the CNC machine!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

looks stuning

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this a repost? I specifically remember this build and asking you about CNC machines

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I reposted it because the photographer that i gave this to, took photos of the case and they looked so good i had to reshare it

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

You know what this means, right? By going back in time you've created a split in the time-space continuum and we are on an entirely different timeline now....a timeline where this gets featured and we never have the conversation about custom laser-cut wood....

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Scott!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Great build - enjoyed the video too!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

So glad you like the build and the video!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Not just liked it dude I started looking online for CNC routers. I'M INSPIREDDDD. Always wanted to get my hands dirty with the build-from-scratch enthusiasm.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha well I'm so glad I inspired you!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice custom case. I think I saw this build before you had your new pics up, and the new pics really make your build look amazing :)

  • 16 months ago
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Yeah i added the pics that the photographer who i gave this NAS to took, and I totally agree they make the build look amazing!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I’m thinking this might get a feature. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Me too :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. I love seeing these custom cases. :) What software are you using for the NAS?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

much nicer than store-bought!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly my thought haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow loving it! The case is beautiful! I would of love to see a full wooden case PC in the future!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely is in the plans!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this. No wonder it got a feature, so unique and professionally done. The last picture is the icing in the cake, definitely deserves the spotlight. +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

What an interesting way to start a fire! Aside from the obvious questionable but beautiful material, I think this thing is pretty dang cool.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder how flammable wood is after you put all that epoxy on it haha

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been watching the Office a lot lately, and the only way I can describe this conversation is through that.

I don't know whether or not this is a proper way to respond to someone totally calling me out for obviously skimming the build and missing a detail, but yeah, that's how I'll put it.

I feel like Michael Scott right now.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats for the feature, well done and awesome job! Has also inspired me to look into a CNC machine. This is so creative and on point. Engineering +100

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I can't believe I got featured! So glad I am inspiring people!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. This little thing looks awesome.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

  • 16 months ago
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Thanks!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Out of curiosity, does it get hot? I didn't know if wood insulates better or not. Just curious about the effect of the wood case on internal temps.

  • 16 months ago
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No hotter than any other case, the grills I cut, allowed for a lot of airflow so if anything it might even be cooler than most nas cases

  • 16 months ago
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Beautiful

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

+100 this is gorgeous. Great job!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, glad you think so!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Please build more! I love these kinds of builds!

  • 16 months ago
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I definitely will!!

  • 16 months ago
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Very classy

  • 16 months ago
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Thanks!!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely love it man. When I see someone do a wooden case I upvote! We must stick together!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Saw this when looking for my PSU. So beautiful.

  • 13 months ago
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Thanks

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Reminds me of the early Atari systems, and because the Atari 2600 (i believe that was what it was called) was the first system i have ever used, i feel already connected. I do feel kind of offended that you used a early AM4 APU, but i understand why you used it. Amazing job.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you feel connected! and haha yeah used an am4 apu because I already had the biostar board lying around collecting dust!

  • 16 months ago
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Nice work man, I'm very impressed, I wish I had a CNC machine to do my wood case.

The only thing I'd suggest is using some very fine fabric on the inside as dust filters as otherwise you may well find it full of dust seeing as it is going to be on a lot of the time.

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  • 16 months ago
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Thanks!!!

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  • 16 months ago
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I did epoxy the interior of the case as well and in the video you obviously see the inside but I can add some pictures as well, and yes haha it's in the cnc's memory.

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  • 16 months ago
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Thanks glad you like it!!

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  • 16 months ago
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I hope it gets featured that would be awesome!

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