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Vertical Benching Station


(*** This project is complete! If you wish to skip ahead to the Completed portion which does include a summary of the build log, click --> here <--)








I got this idea when I was setting up shop in my new house 2 years back. I put up a bunch of standard pegboard for holding my tools:

Pegboard%2Bidea.jpg







I had a few extra panels of the stuff.



I pictured each panel being sort of an individual unit--one panel for the motherboard, one panel for drives, one panel for the motherboard:

Pegboard%2Bidea%2Bmobo%2Btray.jpg

(motherboard unit)










Pegboard%2Bidea%2Bwatercooling%2Bpanel.jpg

(watercooling unit)











And then you could link the units with some hinges, ala Asian panel style:

Pegboard%2Bpanels.jpg
 
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Now I could not leave it at particle board peg panels, could I?


So a couple email conversations with delvie’s plastics and:





Pegboard%2Bcomparison.jpg




¼” holes, 1” on center spacing, light gray plastic peg board panels.







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I was wondering how that would be strong enough to hold a water loop and full system. Touche, sir.
 
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For the top hinges I’m using these lockable hinges. There a bit pricey (something like $15 apiece), but they make arranging and locking the panels super easy.

Pegboard%2Blocking%2Bhinge.jpg










Add some bottom trim, the hinges, and the structure looks good:


Pegboard%2Bpaneling.jpg








Fits standard pegboard accessories.

Pegboard%2Baccessories.jpg
 
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Now that I’ve got the basic structure designed, I took the time to knock out sub-units.

Tackled the power supply unit.





Started with some nice ¼” red acrylic:




PSU%2Bbracket%2B1.jpg












Attached some triangular pieces with plastic bond:



PSU%2Bbracket%2B2.jpg











Then added a bunch of bracketry to hold the power supply down..


PSU%2Bbracket%2B3.jpg







The hold down idea I actually developed from my previous build, Brass Tacks, --> Link Here <--.











To mount it, simply push the screw ends thru whatever hole spots you desire, then secure on the other side with some knurled nuts.




PSU%2Bbracket%2B4.jpg









And on goes the psu:


PSU%2Bbracket%2B5.jpg
 
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Yay, posting from Boston--stuck in my hotel room by a little rain and wind.




On to a new subunit, and this is going to be good:

Motherboard unit.




Started with a board of ¼” translucent red plastic and a PCI rack unit (Dimastech bench component).



Mobo%2Btray%2Bstart.jpg












Drilled my motherboard holes, added standoffs, and mounted the rack:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bstandoffs%2Band%2Bpci.jpg










Got the protective layer removed (yah looks a bit different).

Added the under-CPU opening.

Also added these aluminum brackets.



Mobo%2Btray%2Bcatch%2Bbrackets.jpg


The brackets do act as feet when the motherboard isn’t upside-down.









But it is also paired with this bracket:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bmetal%2Bcatch.jpg






This is going to let me tool-free quick mount the motherboard.








First, you mount the catch unit wherever you desire:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bmounting%2Bcatch.jpg











So the motherboard just drops right into this bracket:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bcatches2.jpg









And there you go!



Mobo%2Btray%2Bcatching%2Btray.jpg
 
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Not quite done yet, tho.

I wanted to build in some cable management.




First I took some of these re-openable cable clips, but they were too wide.

Mobo%2Btray%2Bcable%2Bclips1.jpg







Got to get them trimmed to ½”. This was surprisingly annoying. This sort of heat-formed plastic really just gums up cutting wheels.


So I made some quick guide grooves and hacked the sides off with a sawzall:




Mobo%2Btray%2Bcable%2Bclips2.jpg










Mounted them to some angle brackets:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bcable%2Bclips3.jpg








And attached them to the motherboard at the important spots:

Mobo%2Btray%2Bcable%2Bclips4.jpg









Ready for the motherboard:



Mobo%2Btray%2Bcable%2Bclips5.jpg







Drops on tool free:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bmount%2Bmobo.jpg








Mount the video card:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bmount%2Bvideo%2Bcard.jpg






Hang the unit:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bdrop%2Bon%2Bmobo.jpg







Secure the unit on the backside:


Mobo%2Btray%2Bbackside%2Bscrews.jpg


(Red arrows are the mounts for the hanging bracket, Blue arrows are thumbscrews to the feet on the motherboard unit).







Yessir!

Mobo%2Btray%2Bmounted.jpg
 
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Now that I got the motherboard system all set, I couldn’t resist installing some of the watercooling elements.



First I placed my pass-thrus:


Watercooling%2Bpassthrus.jpg













Then I added the blocks, fittings and tubing:


Watercooling%2Bmobo%2Bfit1.jpg





I think this just looks super clean. 2 simple tubes going to each component. Since these will be the only visible portion of the tubing (rest will be behind the panels), I can also easily swap them out, depending on aesthetics, maybe even experiment with some mayhem dyes.








Watercooling%2Bmobo%2Bfit2.jpg










Watercooling%2Bmobo%2Bfit3.jpg
 
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I have got a pair of Swiftech Maelstroms for my pump/res:


Swiftech%2Bmaelstrom.jpg




So I tackled making some mounting brackets for them.




First I generated some side walls:

Res%2Bbrackets1.jpg











Next I mounted these sidewalls to the bottom plate:


Res%2Bbrackets2.jpg












Added some support struts to the bottom:


Res%2Bbrackets3.jpg












Added the bracket for mounting to the pegboard, and it was done:


Res%2Bbracket3.jpg










Mount the Maelstrom:


Res%2Bbrackets4.jpg











And double it up:


Res%2Bbrackets5.jpg
 
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Working on it! I've outsourced some steel cutting for some custom radiator shroud boxes, so that will probably be the hold up. But there is still tons to do. Just think of how much custom wiring is going to be involved.




Next I tackled my 5.25 bays.





5.25%2Bbay2.jpg


I started with a 3x5.25 bay rack and placed it on a ¼” thick red plastic base.











Added mounting brackets to the top and bottom for the peg holes.


5.25%2Bbay1.jpg









And mounted it up:


5.25%2Bbay3.jpg
 
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At this point, I took some time to make some decisions about the overall layout.


I linked up all my pegboard panels:


Panels%2Bfirst%2Blink1.jpg












And stood it up for the first time!

Panels%2Bfirst%2Blink2.jpg










This is going to be my main system, and so it will sit on a coffee table next to me. In fact this is what it currently looks like, being occupied by my last project Brass Tacks.

My main monitors sit on my desk to the right of my laptop.


In%2Bhouse.jpg












So my panel layout is going to be something like this:

Panels%2Bfirst%2Blink3.jpg



Motherboard facing me, radiator panels curving around the back, almost like a column.









Radiator units will be here, under the pump/res’s.

Panels%2Bfirst%2Blink4.jpg








And the backside of this semi-column.

Panels%2Bfirst%2Blink5.jpg
 
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