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So here's a fun little build for everyone!
Christmas Eve video is live, check it out here!
and have a great New Year!
As the week before Christmas got under way, I decided to challenge myself to make something in 5 days that's unique, functional, and Christmas themed. All the while videoing as much as I could to release a Christmas day video on my you tube channel, BlackWolfe CC to complete the challenge.
I jumped right in. I knew immediately that I was going to build a home made ITX case to house some of the left over components i have laying around. While lying on the floor with my two boys, watching them speed their little toy train around the Christmas tree, an idea popped into my head. Why not build a Christmas tree shaped ITX case!
I flew into action. It was Saturday afternoon and I only had a day left to plan, buy parts, and begin basic construction before the work week began. The week before Christmas is a busy one, both at home and at work, on normal occasions. But I knew adding this project to the already long list of things to do would press me even more for time.
With pen and paper in hand, I went right to work drawing out (to scale!) detailed plans for my festive build. But what was I to use to make such a piece? I'm no master of metal and no craftsman of wood. So what could I use? I have all the tools for cutting and drilling, and skill enough to not lose a limb. For the primary structure I decided on PVC pipe, for walls I chose a few thick pieces of plexiglass, and to light it... well RGB of course!
With a plan all laid out, I packed up my kids, and we ran out the door. TO HOME DEPOT I shouted to two curious boys, for materials to build my wondrous... toy? We flew up the aisles, and packed full our racing car cart. With tubing, and fittings, and huge sheets of clear plexiglass. With elbows, and T's, and right angle fittings we paid for our stuff and returned home in a rush.
I wasted no time as I dumped out my haul. I knew quite clearly where I needed to start. PVC pipe is easy to use and it cuts quite quick too. I refereed to my plans, all laid out in detail, to cut all my pieces to the lengths I needed. I took to the plexiglass with a score knife in hand, and over the table to split them in half. I worked all day and all through the night. As much as I could, and each day after as time did allow.
Alright, alright, enough silliness. This wound up being a MUCH bigger project than I expected. I'm used to working with thin acrylic, but this thick stuff was a different game. I wound up shattering several sheets and having to go get more. Drilling acrylic can also be tricky if one doesn't pay attention. I wound up working every minute I could muster. Before work and after work, and on some days until the sun rose. I finally finished construction Early Saturday morning, and started editing a few hours later.
My goal was to have the build completed for Christmas and a video ready to go live Christmas EVE. I WAS SUCCESSFUL!! The case turned out incredibly well for a first time home built case. After Christmas the plexiglass will come off but the case can still be used. The motherboard mount is identical to what you would find in a standard ITX case. Currently restricted to mini GPU's or low profile cards. The Hard drives are removable, allowing for 1 standard HDD mount point and 2x2.5" mount points. The PSU bay is fully removable to allow replacement of the PSU (can hold SFF or standard full size PSU's), Not much in the way of cable management, but that's because I ran out of time. Also doesn't have a permanent case USB3.1 connection or a power button. All things I originally had planned to install. I ran out of time to mount the USB3.1 cable and my power button never showed up (screw driver for the win).
All parts are either form systems I have lying around from previous vids, or spare parts.
Hope you all enjoy! Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!