The DIY Wooden Laptop Open Plan PC Art Piece


Today we’re going to be looking at this!
Is it a laptop? Is it a desktop? Is it art? Welcome to billbaud. This is my wooden PC, converted laptop, open plan computer. Whatever you can call this odd hybrid machine. I made this over a few nights doing a
little bit of work each time. This is definitely not as sophisticated or
elegant and something like what youtuber DIYPerks would make and it certainly
doesn’t shoot flames like a Colin Furze creation. The basis of this computer is
an HP Pavilion laptop that had a broken screen. So really this was a great way to
recycle some defunct tech. One of the reasons I thought this would make a
great little open-plan wooden PC, was the fact that the motherboard had these cool
brass looking cooling pipes leading to the fan. I was originally going to mount
it directly to the wall, but then I became inspired to mount the motherboard vertically using some scrap pieces of wood. The pieces of wood were literally
taken from an old pine draw that I was planning on chucking out. Oddly enough
the pieces almost fitted perfectly into the shape they are now with very little
cutting of the wood. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original pine look, so I ended up
staining the wood with a dark stain that I had lying around from another garden
related wooden project. I think the color turned out really nicely. Could this be
used as a fully functioning PC? Yes. As we speak I have it set up as a CCTV viewing
machine running on Windows 10. Does it have limitations? Yes.
For starters anyone that has attempted an open-plan PC would know about noise
and dust. There is something about electronic devices that are an absolute
magnet for dust and this machine is no exception. I also seem to have picked a
laptop that has some compatibility issues with Windows 10 and therefore I’m
unable to use the HDMI output and am stuck using VGA. Many hours have been
spent researching and attempting to fix this problem but to no avail. I could
roll back to Windows 7 but given support is about to cease, I’ll just have to live with VGA for the time being which is okay for my current
purposes. The whole thing does look a bit steampunk and a bit odd and in my vivid
imagination I dream that people in the future are attempting to figure out what
this device was actually used for. And given that I have a bad habit of not
chucking anything out, there’s a good chance this will still be around for
many years to come. So let’s briefly talk about the materials needed to put
something like this together. It’s difficult to tell you exactly what you
need because this is about making something personal and cool with what
you have. Start with minimal materials and where
possible recycled materials and you can always add things later. But just to give
you some food for thought these are basically the key ingredients I used to
put together my wooden open-plan PC. Number one: a motherboard. As I mentioned I used the motherboard from an old HP Pavilion laptop. Have a look on Gumtree
or eBay or your local dumpster and you could probably find yourself a working
laptop with a broken screen. Number two: Some scrap wood. As I mentioned I used
some scrap wood from an old drawer but the only limit here is your imagination.
Number three: Paint or stain unless your wood is already painted or stained to
your liking you may want to colour or stain the wood yourself. You could go for
the dark wooded look like I did, or you may want to paint the wood to match or
contrast its surroundings. Number four: Some metal or plastic
spacers to separate your motherboard from the wood it is attached to.
I used m3 x 15 millimeter tapped metal spacers from Jaycar Electronics which
cost around $5 for a pack of eight. Number five: Some brackets and screws. I
use some brackets that I picked up from Aldi and some screws I had lying
around. And don’t forget there’s always your local Bunning, if you’re in
Australia. Number six: This is optional but depending on your needs you might
want to add a USB hub. My laptop only had one USB input on the motherboard, so
unless I wanted to only use a keyboard then I needed some more ports. Number
seven: Another optional extra is an LED light strip. These are relatively cheap
and can add some interesting colour and light to your device. As I said the only
limit is your imagination and the time and effort you want to put into this
project. So there you have my wooden PC, laptop, desktop, art… whatever you want to call
it. I don’t even know what to call it. I don’t even know what to call this
video. The difference between me and maybe some of those other videos, is it’s
not that I’m putting less effort but I just don’t have the time to put in the
dozens of hours that people put into these things. This channel is more about
creating things that are a little bit easier and a bit more within reach of
your average person that has not huge technical skills but just likes to
fiddle with stuff or likes to put things together. Anyway if you like what you see
leave a comment or hit the like button, or even subscribe because I want to do
more and more of this. Heaps of fun! Thanks so much for watching.

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