Tuesday, May 29, 2012

computer cabinet in knotty pine

25"Hx30"W. my first casework project.

casters (CASTERS?!)allow it to slide underneath a desk that has not yet been built (the monitor, speakers and control inputs will then sit atop the desk).

all the wire debris routes through an exit port in the back
cpu, router, printer and power strip enclosed in the bottom, right drawer holds 8,1/2"x11"paper neatly, left drawer various other computer debris
started with a lengthy glue up of 1x12 knotty pine boards from home center that were first milled down to 5/8" thickness on the planer to make for a light-weight feel
this was then carefully dimensioned and prepped for dovetailing the carcass
the main casework wasn't terribly eventful, though i should not have used such a wide pin in the middle of the work as the wood cupped outward there and created some small gaps.
drawer runner assembly
my first attempt at nested cupboard doors using butt hinges. this was by far the hardest part of the entire project
plenty of little knicks and dents throughout show this as very much a learning project :-)


  1. Nice work on the case! Definitely a nice job overall. I might suggest putting a thermometer inside while your electronic components are running to get an idea of the heat buildup inside (the premature death of many a computer). You should avoid allowing it to reach 100 degrees F or above on a regular basis. If it does shows signs of overheating, consider adding some additional vents in your rear panel. Great work on the case.

    1. hi mr. adams, yep, it's toastier inside that case with the cpu spun up. i'll probably have to open up the cabinet to allow for the heat to escape a bit easier...

  2. This is a magnificent, ambitious work! All in Pine - must have had a wonderful aroma in your shop while in progress. The fine details of lining the wire escape route port, the paneled doors and the beveled edge back panel (that will not be seen very often) are, in a word, extraordinary. I'm anxious to see the desk that will accompanies this cabinet.

    As far as electronics' heat dissipation is concerned, maybe some well placed vents (like louvered slits ?) in the side walls near the 'ceiling' and 'floor' would provide some convective circulation. You could also just add a fan and blow down through a 4" dia hole in the "floor" and add only a few 'suck' ports near the top/side edges....or just imagine that the wire "via" in the center of the back panel in sufficient inlet area. You won't need too much air movement to keep the stuff cool. It's just electronics anyway. When it burns out - get a replacement. It'll probably be obsolete by then anyway.

  3. Very nice work. Rooms finished in knotty pine panelling was a selling point at one time in this country. Two of the homes my parents owned were built in the mid 1920's had basement family rooms with a bar inclued done in knotty pine.

  4. hey KP yeah, i've heard about knotty pine being used as an interior element of design...i like it but know there are plenty of folks who can't stand it. i can't say i'd really like my house lined with knotty pine, unless it was 150 years old and had acquired a honey yellow patina. furniture and cabinetry can and should be made of pine in my world. i love it and will always keep it on my 'top three' list of possible options...

    thanks for commenting on my little blog!