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    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Let me tell you - getting the inside of the cabinets was quite time consuming and I really did a number on staining my arms...
    I agree, That part is a bitch, been there, done that.
    Yup! Next time, maybe I'll stain beforehand...

    I kind of forgot to take some pictures of the cabinets after I applied a pair of coats of polyurethane, but here's the status of the project so far



    Both cabinets have been poly'd, and there are only 3 more pieces to stain + poly (The two caps for the end spaces on the top shelf, and the door for the right-hand cabinet). Otherwise, I am pretty much ready to assemble.

    Before assembly, however, I wanted to try a technique I had been reading about - rubbing out a finish.

    You start with some baby oil and a product called rottenstone (It's a very finely ground stone)



    Apply some baby oil liberally (This slows down the cutting process. If you use water, it will speed up the cutting process)



    Sprinkle on your rottenstone (Once again, fairly liberally. I didn't find the cutting action very aggressive at all, especially with all the baby oil)



    Take a block of wood with a soft material wrapped around it, in this case, I used a piece of cut up fleece from an old blanket, but I think a felt block is the most recommended for this.



    Go with the grain in long strokes, and rub the slurry into the wood. Its very fine cutting action should almost eliminate all dust marks, brush marks, and any small scratches.

    This took quite a long time, and it was very, very messy. Baby oil rottenstone slurry everywhere. I then went through a ton of rags soaked in paint thinner cleaning it all off the desk surface in preparation for some good 'ol waxing.



    Applied with a lint free rag, I swirled it onto the table a little bit too liberally



    I then let it dry for a few moments and "attempted" to buff it all off by hand with a clean rag. Much to my dismay, after spending 10 minutes trying to buff only but a small corner, I realized that I would never get the shine I was looking for...



    So I made a trip to my storage unit (My mom's garage) where I remembered I had an old electric car buffer in a bin...



    Booya. It was late when I got back home, so I left it and went to sleep. Have a good weekend everyone - Canada Day tomorrow here in Canada, so I'm going to enjoy the long weekend. I'm moving this weekend too, so hopefully the desk survives the trip!!

  2. #62

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    So, I finally moved this weekend, and I'm glad to say everything went pretty well. A few small parts of the desk got scuffed up, but nothing major. Here are some shots from just before being transported.

    The car buffer partially worked. I ended up actually taking some more paint thinner and totally removing the wax. For some reason it didn't stick well - I think it's because I didn't remove the baby oil enough before adding the wax. Either way, it's shiny as glass and looks great.



    Then I took some 3/4" weather stripping and put it on both cabinets to prevent the desk surface from slipping and sliding:







    And, here's a sneak peak. Right before the move was pretty much the moment of triumph - assembling the 4 stained and poly'd pieces, and actually sitting at it. The monitors come in at perfect eye height, and the desk height is perfect as well, providing lots of forearm and elbow support.

    Ahhhhhhhhh.... 8 months.

    Now for the details


  3. #63

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Damn nice finish, I only hope that if I do a project like this one my finish is just as mirrored and wet looking as that.

  4. #64

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Damn nice finish, I only hope that if I do a project like this one my finish is just as mirrored and wet looking as that.
    Thanks vashant - it took a lot of patience to get it to look like that. The desk surface has about 5 or 6 coats of Gloss Polyurethane on it, sanded with 320-400 grit between each coat.

    Still getting organized at the new place, hopefully I'll have some updates early next week!

  5. #65

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Woohoo! Featured Rig Of The Month!

    So - I finally had some time this weekend to do a bit of work on The Ultimate Computer Desk.

    Here's a little shot of the desk as it sits now. Note that the drawers aren't installed, there's clutter everywhere, the two cabinets are not lined up in any particular fashion, and of course, no hardware has yet been installed.



    If you didn't notice, I finally said to myself "Ok Mr. You've been working on this desk for 8 months - time for a present". I ~finally~ ditched my old CRT monitor (Which was nice, at 1600x1200 resolution) and purchased myself a brand new 27" Asus. Sweet!



    That was my first new computer component in ages!


    I moved on to the next part of the project, which was installing the drawers, so I got to work. Sorry about the pictures, I think I accidentally turned the auto focus off!





    Imagine my surprise when I went to go and slide the drawer in. The drawer was too wide! I accomodated for 0.25" on each side of the drawer, for the width of the drawer slides. Unfortunately, these particular drawer slides were 3/16's of an inch wider than I accounted for... Here's a wonderfully in focus shot:



    So my options were:
    1. Redo the drawers completely, making them a total of 6/16's (3/8's) skinnier, or
    2. Shave off 3/16's" from each side, about 1.5" tall, along the length of both sides, of each of the drawers.

    What a bummer! I thought oh well, it'll actually look pretty tidy with the sides shaved anyways, and also give additional support, so here goes!

    Time to tape up my poor drawers. They're about to get scratched up pretty bad!



    Setting up the tablesaw for some "guidelines" - 3/16's of an inch deep, set the fence at 2" and then 3.5" if I remember correctly.



    And there you go, some proper guidelines for the material that will need to be removed.



    This was a pretty big surprise, but not too major, and nothing that cannot be done well.

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    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    So, after I used the table saw to make my reference cuts, I grabbed the router with a 1/2" flush cut bit, set it at the appropriate depth and went to town. Making the reference cuts made the rest of this usually tedious job easy.







    When I went to do the reference cuts on the shorter drawers, I realized... there were a bunch of screws in the way. Ooops! Good thing I noticed so quickly!



    I had to go and remove all woodfiller and the screws that were in the way of the 3/16's inch material removal. This meant all the screws along the bottom, and 1 or 2 at the front and back of the drawer. What a pain!







    After getting all of the extra material removed, I drilled some new counter-sink holes (Since the old ones were taken off with the router), re-inserted the screws, and gave all the dressers a light sanding, since I would have to redo the polyurethane coat anyways (They got pretty scratched up). In this pic, I had already re-stained the portion where I removed the extra material.



    So. Next - polyurethaning the drawers... AGAIN!

  7. #67

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Last minute adjustments and re-doo's seem to be inevitable in scratch builds. I've done 2 scratch builds and towards then end when I thought it was easy sailing to the finish line on both I came across those damn re-doo's.


    Scratch builds have more last minute changes and re-doo's at the end verses standard case mods but the final result is always worth the effort involved.

  8. #68

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Whenever I win big on the lottery, I'll be asking you to furnish my gaming room!!

    Awesome work mate,
    Brian

  9. #69

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Last minute adjustments and re-doo's seem to be inevitable in scratch builds. I've done 2 scratch builds and towards then end when I thought it was easy sailing to the finish line on both I came across those damn re-doo's.

    Scratch builds have more last minute changes and re-doo's at the end verses standard case mods but the final result is always worth the effort involved.
    Sure seems that way so far! Hopefully there aren't TOO many issues in this final stretch!

    Thanks britrb - hopefully you win the lottery soon lol, I would love to do something like that!


    While getting ready to re-polyurethane the drawers, I also took the time to stain and poly the right-hand cabinet door, as well as the two pieces that will be above each of the cubby holes on the top of the desk





    Re-polyurethaning the drawers went really well - they look fantastic



    Things have been pretty busy in the shop - have been re-glassing a war-horse of a canoe at the same time!



    Here are the first couple drawers installed. They fit perfectly - the slides fit right into the grooves that I cut out. This photo turned out a little redder than reality



    Getting the actual slides lined up and screwed in straight took a bit of patience, but well worth the effort



    Ahh, nice and messy, but finally got the drawers in.



    Some of the things I'll need to be working on shortly:

    - Front Panel (Fan controls, LED's, Power/Reset switches, USB, Audio Jacks)
    - Fan Installation (Foam surrounds, filter fitting)
    - Hardware selection

    After the hardware is selected and installed, I will be able to focus on cable routing and placement of the drives.

  10. #70

    The Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

    Sorry for the delay in updates everyone - I've been enjoying the beautiful summer weather we've been getting lately and haven't been putting a tremendous effort into getting the desk finished.

    Surprise though - I did manage to get quite a bit done, and I've had some good fortune lately as well. I expect to post several updates this week, so just to get you back into the spirit of things, here's this weeks preview!

    4x Scythe Ultra Kaze 120mm x 38mm 3000RPM
    4x Scythe Slipstream 120mm x 25mm 1900RPM


    Lots of foam cutting and trimming, and a sweet, sweet ruler from the Moddders Inc Featured Rig of the Month Contest(Thanks! I'm honored!)


    Hmm, what's this?


    Holy moly cool prize pack Modders Inc! I still can't believe I won this - perfect stuff for The Ultimate Computer Desk! Thanks again Modders Inc, you guys really rock!


    Finally removed the protective cover from these babies - they look soo nice!


    Hmm? Another surprise?...


    Oh good lord! What kind of super monster is that!!?


    Bwahahaha


    Ok, so maybe a lot's happened in the past couple weeks. I haven't been posting any updates because I've been tinkering around with hardware AND enjoying some good outdoor times. I'm thinking that the next round of updates in the following month or so will be ultra exciting - things are starting to wrap up!

    Seeya soon!

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