Now for the fourth set of images for this project. I finally found some stain that I liked, and hence went to town staining the wood case. The stain is a gell stain, which I’ve never worked with before. Since it was old (found it in a bunch of old wood working tools) I was surprised it was any good. It says to apply liberally and wipe off after 5 to 10 minutes. Due to it’s age, leaving it on that long would result in it drying too much, a very bad thing, but nothing a little water can’t take care of.
The case all fits together now, but the mounts for the hard drive are causing some problems that allow it to power up but Windows will not recognize it. What is happening is the little converter board that plugs into the hard drive gets tweaked and the data connector loses it’s connection. This will require redrilling mounting holes in the bottom aluminum plate, this time I’m going to use the drill press and hopefully that will be the end of the project.
Masking the status/power LED window.
Testing the gell stain on the inside.
After removal of gell stain.
Applied gell stain to the outside.
Another view of gell stain on the outside.
First removal, nice color, but too light for this mod.
Closeup of the one side, the color is nice, but not what I’m after.
Another picture of the case with the lite stain.
Overall view of the lighter color.
Application of second layer of stain gell.
After removal of the second layer of stain gell.
Another view of the richer color.
Soldering up the status LED.
Closeup of the lead on the status LED.
Status LED connected to board.
Glueing the status LED into the window area.
Using a bit of hot/thermal glue to adhear the status LEDs.
Notice how tall that is, it didn’t fit so I had to redo the status LED.
After a bit of clipping, the status LED now fits properly.
Adding more glue.
A better closeup of the new, shorter assembly.
Nice rich color of the outside of the case.
Overview of the stained case.
Everything is put together now.
Time for a little testing, the white LED is for power, blue for activity.
Here you can see the white LED better.