disclaimer: I am fully aware that placing a few hundred watts of electrical components inside an old wooden desk may appear a touch fool-hardy to some... I am also aware that the level of workmanship and planning that went into this project are 'light' at best; however I would love to have some feedback!
I've always wanted to build a PC into an old pedestal desk but have been put off in the past by three factors:
1 - the prohibitive cost of a decent looking pedestal desk
2 - justifying taking a jigsaw to a piece of old furniture
3 - fire
I dealt with the first two factors by finding a pretty beaten up desk on eBay for 81 squids (the cost of a half decent case, I mused); and I managed to bury the third factor deep enough in the back of my mind for it to no longer be an issue.
Here's the desk; it has a large marble top which isn't pictured:
If I removed the central shelf I could, I guess, just put a tower in one of the cupboards:
Where's the fun in that?, right I'll cannibalise my Antec 180 for cages etc, but first I need a motherboard tray:
Right, let’s get some airflow on the scene, flip the desk over, hole-saw-tastic:
a little rougher than I would have liked, hey ho it's at the back though.
that'll do for the mobo, hard drive cage and fan; now I need somewhere for the PSU and DVDR...
thank you Antec
the brackets for the drive are just small galvanised L brackets from B&Q/Homebase etc, fit perfectly.
OK - those are all the pics I can find; after this stage I added a power button and jigged out appropriate holes at the rear - then it was done. When I get home I'll take a couple of pictures of it in its "completed" state, and post on where I feel I went wrong and what I'll be changing.
Hope you like it.