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Larry Buskirk

Repurposing A Silver Box (New PC Build)

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Todays progress report.

I didn't really get anything done on the PC case build today, but have figured a way to use the crystal lamp indicators and the modified lamp finial on the Desk/Cabinet build so they will get used after all.

 

My neighbor with the Antique Mall finally took a look at what I'm building out of all of this stuff, and he said:

"This is too cool. It looks like something that belongs in a Jules Verne novel" 

 

So that got me to thinking. :ChinScratch:

I might just name this build "The Nautilus"  

 

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2 hours ago, Larry Buskirk said:

I might just name this build "The Nautilus"  

I like it...

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18 hours ago, lew said:

That's a Big 10-4!!!

 

16 hours ago, Grandpadave52 said:

I like it...

 

Lew, and Dave,

 

"The Nautilus" it is then. 

 

You'll understand why after I do another progress update in the Desk/Cabinet Topic/Post. ;)

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1 hour ago, Larry Buskirk said:

You'll understand why after I do another progress update in the Desk/Cabinet Topic/Post.

Can't wait...well I really can but you get the jest of it.

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Coming along nicely, looking forward to seeing the final product.

 

Took some inspiration from your work here and decided to go with a hammered metal finish for the electrical box and conduit.  Still looking for a small gear to put on my handwheel but I have time at the rate of progress thus far. 

 

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Todays progress report.

 

Today I started doing some things with the pile of brass I've been accumulating.

 

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Being that this is not one of those light up keyboards, I decided the keyboard needs a proper lamp. The cruddy desk lamp to the right of the pile gave up its arms for this project. They are the only parts of the lamp that are solid brass. The rest was brass plated steel that had some rusting.

 

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The original lamp shade was a bit big, and rusting so I made a new one that will have LEDs powered by the PC. These are the parts I used to make the new lamp shade.

 

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I used two of these assembled onto an all thread lamp pipe. 

 

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I then drilled a mounting, and wiring hole into the front top edge of the PC case.

 

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I drilled two holes for the arms as per the original shade mounting method. 

Here are a couple of views of the lamp being mounted.

 

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And here is a view of the lamp over the keyboard/trackball tray.

 

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I still have to drill the light emitting holes, and wire the lamp along with polishing the brass, but I think it looks pretty good.

I also did a little work on the Desk/Cabinet, and will post that progress on that Topic/Post.

 

That's all on the PC build for today.

 

Until later. :TwoThumbsUp:

 

Edited by Larry Buskirk

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Wow the attention to detail concerning solid brass verses plated.  NICE!

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Just now, Woodbutcherbynight said:

Wow the attention to detail concerning solid brass verses plated.  NICE!

Thanks Curtis,

Plated just doesn't polish up as nice as the solid brass, so I try to use mostly solid.

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31 minutes ago, Larry Buskirk said:

Plated just doesn't polish up as nice as the solid brass

Nice, but I had all I ever want to do with polishing brass in the Marines.  :Laughing:

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1 hour ago, Larry Buskirk said:

but I think it looks pretty good.

Pretty good? Not hardly...It looks amazing...talk about  perfect complement to the project.

Great touch Larry especially old school look with modern LED output.

This just gets better and better every day.

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Those cleaned up right smart...very shiny...

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On 1/15/2019 at 9:07 PM, Grandpadave52 said:

Those cleaned up right smart...very shiny...

Thanks Dave,

But they are not yet polished. :Laughing:

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1 minute ago, Larry Buskirk said:

Thanks Dave,

But they are not yet polished. :Laughing:

Well when they are, they'll be very shiny then!:blush:

Probably should see about cleaning my glasses.:P

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Take you 3 days a week to keep it all polished.:JawDrop:

 

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Yesterday, and todays progress report.

 

About all I got done on the PC build was to add a pair of USB ports inside the case for the Bluetooth receiver for the keyboard and trackball.

Yesterday was our bulk pickup day so I went scrounging, and got some more goodies from that and out of my storage. 

I'll be posting more in the Desk/Cabinet build Topic.

 

So until later. :TwoThumbsUp:

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12 minutes ago, Woodbutcherbynight said:

Take you 3 days a week to keep it all polished.

lacquer them after the polsh..

Edited by Stick486

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