I just came across these photos that I had forgotten about, and decided to put them up in case anybody wanted to see them. Several years ago I built a little file server, and crammed it into a treasure chest thing from Hobby Lobby.
It began life as 1TB RAID1 with an Intel Atom D525 mITX board and 2GB DDR3.
I wanted to make sure that the box had enough cooling, so I cut away the inserts on top and the front, and replaced it with…
To attach it, I just used strips cut from the original top and stapled through. There may have been a bit of epoxy under there, too, but I can’t remember.
I taped off and painted the corner “hardware” a hammered copper look.
To mount the motherboard, I just screwed regular standoffs into the wood. It was super soft, so they went in without any trouble. Then I backed them out, put a touch of epoxy on the threads, and screwed them in again.
I mounted the power supply with a couple of L-brackets that I epoxied to it, then screwed into the base.
The base was super thin, so I put a piece of 1/2 square stock under it for the screws for the PS to bite into. A plus was that it added a good bit of structural support to the bottom as well. It was originally fairly flimsy and this stiffened it up well enough.
I originally wanted to put the HDDs in the top, but realized it would be way easier to mount them in front of the PS, and have the extra cables piled in front of the mobo.
I had a random old case laying around, and decided to salvage one piece out of it for the HDD mount.
I just cut the sides out of the original HDD cage from the case.
The right angle brackets fit in almost perfectly.
I also salvaged a front panel connector piece from another case, and used it to hook up the PW and RST buttons.
And done. It stayed in this form for a couple of years before moving to a regular mATX case and crammed into a desk made from an old piano. Yeah, I’ll probably write that up before long, too.