Enter the Mini-ITX.com online store

Project Browser

October 09, 2014
The "Restomod TV"

April 09, 2013
Installing NAS4Free

February 28, 2013
Building an XBMC 12 Home Theatre PC

January 25, 2011
XBMC Guide updated to version 10.0

August 06, 2010
Building a Green PC

February 15, 2010
Building an ION powered HTPC with XBMC

October 10, 2008
The "Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle 2008"

September 12, 2008
"Florian", the DVD burning robot

September 05, 2008
The "i-EPIA"

May 22, 2008
The "GTA-PC"

Mini-ITX Online Store

April 14, 2007
The "Digg" Case

January 19, 2007
The "ITX-Laptop"

December 07, 2006
The "Tortoise Beetle"

October 02, 2006
The "DOS Head Unit"

August 31, 2006
The "Janus Project"

August 05, 2006
The "Leela PC"

June 26, 2006
Nano-ITX in a Football

May 17, 2006
The "EPIA Alloy Mod"

April 11, 2006
Neatorama's Collection of Case Mods

February 18, 2006
The "Rundfunker"

October 24, 2005
The "ITX TV"

October 06, 2005
The K'nex-ITX

August 05, 2005
The "Waffle Iron PC"

July 21, 2005
The "Supra-Server"

July 18, 2005
The "Mega-ITX"

July 07, 2005
The "Encyclomedia"

May 25, 2005
The "Accordion ITX"

May 16, 2005
The "FileServerRouterSwitch"

May 15, 2005
The "Mini Falcon"

May 13, 2005
The "Bender PC"

Mini-ITX Online Store

May 11, 2005
The "BBC ITX B"

May 10, 2005
The "Frame"

April 20, 2005
The "Jeannie"

March 09, 2005
The "Cool Cube"

January 30, 2005
First Nano-ITX Project?

January 17, 2005
The "iGrill"

January 15, 2005
The "Gumball PC"

December 15, 2004
The "Deco Box"

December 03, 2004
The "TERA-ITX"

October 06, 2004
The "Coealacanth-PC"

September 17, 2004
The "Gramaphone-ITX-HD"

August 26, 2004
The "C1541 Disk Drive ITX"

August 25, 2004
The "SEGA-ITX"

August 13, 2004
The "Quiet Cubid"

August 06, 2004
The "BMWPC"

July 14, 2004
The "Moo Cow Moo"

July 02, 2004
The "Mini Mesh Box"

June 17, 2004
Jukebox ITX

May 24, 2004
The "ERN005PC" (KANA)

March 13, 2004
The "Underwood No. 5"

Full alphabetical archive on right hand side of page...


The "Humidor V"
By Jeffrey L. Stephenson - Posted on June 4, 2003

Introduction

The "Humidor V"

Just when you thought it was safe....out rolls another Humidor project. This one I will call "V" because I use the V8000 board. I'm sure the V means value and that was my goal as well in this design. I had been struggling with cooling issues with the M project and the Mini-Me project so I was glad to get back to the cool running 800MHz board. There really is a big difference in heat, and subsequently, noise between the M and V series. The great capabilities of the M are wasted on my target customer, the cyber-challenged executive.

Whereas everything I have built before this has been a toy for me, this time I was going to build a commercial piece. Something I intend to sell, and while I'm at it I might as well build ten of them. I turned my small office building into a HumidorPC factory. It was great fun and challenging too. I built these ten units factory style. I broke the design into modules, identified each individual task, checked my credit card balance and then commenced to build. I worked many long hours at this job, enough to have my wife complain about my absence. Then she found out how much money I had spent. Next thing you know, she's waking me up early saying "shouldn't you be over in your shop working?" Amazing.

The Humidor V

Dirty details:

• VIA EPIA V8000 motherboard w/800MHz C3 processor
• 256 MB PC133 SDRAM
• 20GB Toshiba Notebook HD w/ Fluid Dynamic Bearings
• 90W ACBEL PSU
• ThermalTake Active Memory Cooler
• Vantec 60mm Stealth cooling fan
• 100ct Milano Cigar Humidor in oak, cherry and rosewood


The power supply module. Vantec Stealth fan replaces noisy original cooling fan. The PSU was torn apart, taped up in the inside to keep out over spray, and painted, sanded, painted, sanded, painted......


Bottom of PSU module showing the hard drive attached. When mounted, the hard drive is placed in a way that it receives direct incoming cool air. The round wooden dowel is a round wooden dowel. I call it the foot. It supports the PSU module and allows it to expand and contract. I designed all metal to wood interfaces to be able to control thermal expansion.


Primitive assembly line. The motherboard modules get their memory, memory coolers and cable sleeving here.


Control panel module. My latest innovation. It was prompted by the fact that I had no "proper" power/reset switches. My previous Humidors had a switch hidden inside the box. This is where I want to thank Brent and the guys at crystalfontz. I had a good experience with the 632 model on the Humidor M. People at CES2003 were mesmerized by the scrolling text display. The 633 model not only has a keypad but it has ATX power control, fan speed control, and temperature sensing. I built these modules by fabricating the mounting and cutting down the stock Lexan faceplates. Sanded, painted, sanded.....


Back to the assembly line. I felt an incredible need to unionize and threaten to strike.


Components built in advance were stored in Spanish cedar cigar boxes in order to acclimate them. These are custom ATX harnesses made by Crystalfontz and sleeved by me.


Nice inside shot showing the I/O plate mounted into the back of the piece. This is where I would like to thank Greg at Creative Cabinetry in Gainesville, Florida. He is a master cabinetmaker and did a wonderful job cutting out all the holes in the humidors.



Quick Links
Mini-ITX Online Store

Mailing Lists:
Mini-ITX Store

Mini-ITX 101
Mini-ITX History
Advertising

Projects:

Show Random
How to submit
your project

Most Viewed Today

XBMC-ION

OpenELEC

NAS4Free

ITX-Laptop

Mini-Cluster

Accordion-ITX
Aircraft Carrier
Ambulator 1
AMD Case
Ammo Box
Ammo Tux
AmmoLAN
amPC
Animal SNES
Atari 800 ITX
Attache Server
Aunt Hagar's MI
Bantam PC
BBC ITX B
Bender PC
Biscuit Tin PC
Blue Plate
BlueBox
BMW PC
Borg Appliance
Briefcase PC
Bubbacomp
C1541 Disk Drive
C64 @ 933MHz
CardboardCube
CAUV 2008
CBM ITX-64
Coelacanth-PC
Cool Cube
Deco Box
Devilcat
DOS Head Unit
Dreamcast PC
E.T.PC
Eden VAX
EdenStation IPX
Encyclomedia
Falcon-ITX
Florian
Frame
FS-RouterSwitch
G4 Cube PC
GasCan PC
Gingerbread
Gramaphone-ITX-HD
GTA-PC
Guitar PC
Guitar W/S
Gumball PC
Hirschmann
HTPC
HTPC2
Humidor 64
Humidor CL
Humidor II
Humidor M
Humidor PC
Humidor V
I.C.E. Unit
i64XBOX
i-EPIA
iGrill
ITX Helmet
ITX TV
ITX-Laptop
Jeannie
Jukebox ITX
KiSA 444
K'nex ITX
Leela PC
Lego 0933 PC
Legobox
Log Cabin PC
Lunchbox PC
Mac-ITX
Manga Doll
Mantle Radio
Mediabox
Mega-ITX
Micro TV
Mini Falcon
Mini Mesh Box
Mini-Cluster
Mobile-BlackBox
Moo Cow Moo
Mr OMNI
NAS4Free
NESPC
OpenELEC
Osh Kosh
Pet ITX
Pictureframe PC
Playstation 2 PC
Playstation PC
Project NFF
PSU PC
Quiet Cubid
R2D2PC
Racing The Light
RadioSphere
Robotica 2003
Rundfunker
SaturnPC
S-CUBE
SEGA-ITX
SpaceCase
SpacePanel
Spartan Bluebird
Spide Case
Supra-Server
Teddybear
Telefunken 2003
TERA-ITX
The Clock
ToAsTOr
Tortoise Beetle
Tux Server
Underwood No.5
Waffle Iron PC
Windows XP Box
Wraith SE/30
XBMC-ION

How to submit
your project

Reviews:
CF-S688 E-Note
Cubid 2677R
Cubid 2688R
Cubid 3688
GAlantic GA610i
Hush Mini-ITX
Lian Li PC-402A
Jetway B860T
VIA M 10000
VIA MII 12000
VIA Nano-ITX
VIA Pico-ITX
Sigma XCard
Travla C137

Guides & Tips:
5.1 EPIA Audio
Cubid Tips
EPIA CL Firewall
EPIA COM IR
EPIA SCART
Extra USB Ports
IPCop Gateway
Overclocking
PowerLCD

Drivers:
EPIA  EPIA V
EPIA M  EPIA MII
EPIA CL  EPIA PD
EPIA TC

Mini-ITX Online Store

Contact Us

Store: +44 (0) 845 475 8 475

Store enquiries: store@mini-itx.com

Other enquiries: feedback@mini-itx.com

Visit the Store

Click here to enter the online store

Social

Follow us on Twitter!

Join our Mailing List

Copyright: All content on this site is Copyright © 2002-2014 Mini-ITX.com and respective owners, all rights reserved.