Ye Olde Server

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.

The parts from Newegg

The parts from Newegg

It began life as 1TB RAID1 with an Intel Atom D525 mITX board and 2GB DDR3.

The box from Hobby Lobby

The box from Hobby Lobby

After I cut some bits out

After I cut some bits out

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…

Mesh, with a fresh coat of paint

Mesh, with a fresh coat of paint

This mesh.

Putting the mesh in the front

Putting the mesh in the front

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Staples!

Staples!

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.

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Box with Mesh

Box After Painting

Box After Painting

I taped off and painted the corner “hardware” a hammered copper look.

Motherboard in place

Motherboard in place

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.

PS in place

PS in place

PS hole

PS hole

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L-Brackets

L-Brackets

I mounted the power supply with a couple of L-brackets that I epoxied to it, then screwed into the base.

Reinforcement

Reinforcement

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.

HDD placement

HDD placement

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.

Old case.

Old case.

I had a random old case laying around, and decided to salvage one piece out of it for the HDD mount.

The brackets for the HDD

The brackets for the HDD

I just cut the sides out of the original HDD cage from the case.

The base of the bottom bracket

The base of the bottom bracket

The base, with the HDD part getting epoxied on.

The base, with the HDD part getting epoxied on.

Some clamp action for good measure.

Some clamp action for good measure.

Finished and mounted

Finished and mounted

The right angle brackets fit in almost perfectly.

HDD's Mounted

HDD’s Mounted

Everything crammed in

Everything crammed in

From the inside

From the inside

I also salvaged a front panel connector piece from another case, and used it to hook up the PW and RST buttons.

From the Outside

From the Outside

The finished product

The finished product

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.

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