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Lord Nibbo

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Two coats of danish oil and one coat of yacht varnish, done not for looks but to seal the wood as I'm covering this panel with Carbon Fibre Vinyl.



The desk top and front rail are fitted. The desk top has a routed housing joint cut into it where the central divider is.



Dryfit of the front panel and monitor stand, the monitor stand has a little more work to do on it as I have to fit the small wings each end to accommodate the angles left and right monitors.
 

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The front panel is covered with Carbon Fibre Vinyl and fixed into place with biscuits at the ends and screwed along the length from underneath.


OK a Heath Robinson set up of clamps to help fix the panel and gussets were added at the end to beef up the biscuit joints.


Don't forget you can click on the pic for a better larger pic :)
 

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The lugs for the monitor shelf are positioned around the top of the unit and care was taken not to position them where fixing bolts need to go for the instruments. The Vinyl was removed where the lugs are glued and screwed into position.


The rear shelf in the second pic will hold ten power points plus 27+ powered USB sockets. All the wiring will be out of sight :)
 

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The rear shelf in the second pic will hold ten power points plus 27+ powered USB sockets. All the wiring will be out of sight :)


What sort of PC are you using to run all of this?

Sammo
 

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Starting The Finish

All the woodwork is done, now the finish is started, the first coat of Danish oil is applied, another three or four coats to go then it will be adding the electrics.

The Monitor Shelf



The Flight Simulator Desk


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sammo":3lo4x4jg said:
The rear shelf in the second pic will hold ten power points plus 27+ powered USB sockets. All the wiring will be out of sight :)


What sort of PC are you using to run all of this?

Sammo
It's a gaming machine I had made up to suit Flight Simming Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology (Not Over Clocked) can be overclocked to 4.9 Ghz Cores 4, Threads 8
RAM 16.0 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V LX (LGA1155)
Graphics NV Surround 3x Dell monitors ([email protected])
1 x DELL P2314H ([email protected])
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
Hard Drives 932GB Western Digital WDC WD10EALX-759BA1 (SATA) + 3TbyteWestern Digital + 2Tbyte Western Digital
Optical Drives TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222BB
Audio Realtek High Definition Audio
 

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Nice setup. May I suggest you consider ditching the WD HDD's though. I've had eleven fail in the last six years, all a week or two out of warranty. I'd recommend replacing them with Samsung Spinpoint drives :)
 

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Extra hardwoods pads added to mount the wheels on as the MDF does not have enough strength to take the screws. So the wheels are fitted :)



First time on the floor :) the monitor shelf is not fixed it's just there to take this pic. :)



The red aircraft style light switch is fitted to the facia of the panel for the diode lights that will be hidden behind the small bead of wood that you can see below the monitor shelf. :)
 

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MMUK":1l9r8vnf said:
Nice setup. May I suggest you consider ditching the WD HDD's though. I've had eleven fail in the last six years, all a week or two out of warranty. I'd recommend replacing them with Samsung Spinpoint drives :)


Having spent a number of years working in IT - I know there are only two types of hard drive - failed & failing (hammer) (hammer) (hammer)

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sammo":24tvzi2y said:
MMUK":24tvzi2y said:
Nice setup. May I suggest you consider ditching the WD HDD's though. I've had eleven fail in the last six years, all a week or two out of warranty. I'd recommend replacing them with Samsung Spinpoint drives :)


Having spent a number of years working in IT - I know there are only two types of hard drive - failed & failing (hammer) (hammer) (hammer)

Sammo

=D> :lol:
 

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Instruments fitted

I say fitted but mounted would be a better description. I also had to remove the monitor shelf for easier access to fit the instruments.



From Left to Right, Pressure setting pad for Saitek Pro Flight X-65-F Joystick. then at the bottom is a Saitek Pro Flight Switch Panel with two Saitek Backlit Information Panels above it (one with protective cover still on it). Next is Six Saitek Pro Flight Instrument Panels. Finally two Saitek Radio Panels and above those is a Saitek Pro Flight Multi Panel.
 

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It's in the house

Just a bit of tidying up needed and a three holes cut in the desktop to insert the three teak finger holes that can be seen to the right of the joystick. Just got to empty the room where it will be installed as I have to decorate the room as part of the deal with SWMBO. :)


All wires installed except one, One of the DVI-D cables wouldn't reach the monitor so I have one on order, it should be here on Monday :)


So for a week or two while the decorating gets done that's about it. When Installed into place I will take some final pics for appraisal :)
 
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