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The "Spider Case"
"Qtip42" Wiley - Posted on September 29, 2003
The spider case was a creation
which took about a month of 12 hour work days to complete.
were for finding the right parts and the last two were
for building. As I rushed to get it completed for a certain
case contest *cough TechTV*, I cut some corners and strayed
from my original plan. The template I went off was a
digital artwork piece by Giorgio
Camnasio of a mechanical
Inspired by it's mean look, I figured I could produce
something similar with a computer inside. So here's how it
The "Spider Case"
I took an old oil bucket (the thing you use when draining
oil from your car) and lopped off the top and bottom. This
was the only thing I could find that remotely resembled the
body of the spider. It wasn't nearly big enough or even the
right shape for what I wanted so I went to the autoparts
store and bought some fiberglass jelly, fiberglass, and loads
After hours upon hours work and a lot of sanding, I had something
I was proud of. Attached to a 1/4" clear acrylic base,
I had a decent spider body going. I had to also make sure
the external Phillips Jackrabbit 24x cdrw fit and without
any problem (luckily I had just enough room with everything
After cutting openings for the legs, I had to figure out
how and what to make the legs with. Originally I had planned
for the aluminum look but finding a cheap CNC cutter + blocks
of aluminum in only a few days seemed nearly impossible.
So I decided to go with my reliable source of acrylic at
www.tapplastics.com. Since there was a local store within
a mile of my house, I quickly made some templates and ran
off to get some acrylic. About halfway through cutting the
legs out, I stuck my middle fingertip into a table saw and
found out first hand why people wear gloves. One stitch and
3 hours later I was back in the garage cutting again. I'll
spare you the pictures. The thighs were 1-1/4" thick
and only 6 were made at the time because the template picture
I was going off showed only 6 legs on the spider. Later I
changed it to 8. As I was cutting the lower portion of the
legs, I routed my thumb and figured out for the second time
why I should learn things the first time (wear gloves!!!@#).
Since I couldn't use my right hand for the last few leg parts,
I took them to Tap Plastics and they gladly cut out the shapes
I needed cheap. This was after they laughed at me for cutting
my hand for the 2nd time.
As everything was
crammed inside, I had to ditch the PCI riser and USB2 card
I had originally planned for due to height
restrictions. So the CDRW runs off USB1 till I get some money
for a new mini-itx board. All in all I managed to fit in
a Epia 800, 384MB PC133 RAM, 30GB HDD, and the 24x
(functioning at 4x for now) CDRW. Since I didn't have it
nearly done for the TechTV contest, I lost (although I did
enter). After the deadline passed, I was able to work on
it without staying up till 4am worrying about finishing.
A few days later I finished, minus an automotive paintjob
(anyone need a pint of metallic gray for their BMW Z4? :-D).