Project Trashcan: An Ikea "Trashcan" Computer


Enter in the Rear
Apr 21, 2006

So this is my first ever "custom" build, I have never really fabricated anything ever so this definitely was a experience, especially as I did this with no actual workshop to speak of, or tools to speak of other than a drill and some other things, although in the end it did work out extremely well, this was all done on the desk next to where I sit in my office, in some card board boxes, and on a fold out table just outside our office door.

I did not post a "real time" or "as I went" log of this build because I was unable to fully focus all my time and resources on getting it done in what I would consider a timely manner as I was doing this when I had spare time at work, hell even the pictures I took were for my own use so I could look back on this later, never really intended to post it up at all until I showed a few people I knew and they said I should do it, so here we are.

This project was an idea of my co-workers daughter, she is finishing up high school and getting ready to possibly go off to college, so she wanted a "basic" computer (in terms of the hardware that went inside of it) to take with her, that being said she wanted to make a spin off of the Apple Mac Pro whatever the fuck thing that looks like a trashcan, and have an actual computer made, out of a trashcan but based off of a non Apple eco-system.

I have uploaded almost all the pictures on Imgur for everyone to review, I had over 300 pictures and scaled it down to 124 for posting purposes.

If I was building this for my personal unit I would have got different parts, so the decision on these were not mine, I just used what I had, links not made for some items as I am not sure what brand or whatever was used for the items, so just gave a close enough descriptor:

SPRUTT Stool with storage
Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI LGA 1150 Motherboard
Intel i3-4370 3.8GGhz 4MB Cache LGA1150 CPU
Toshiba P300 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Buffer SATA HDD
Corsair CX430M 430 Watt 80 PLUS Bronze PSU
Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 / PC3-12800 CL9 1.5V RAM
3 x Logisys LDXRM12C 12-Inch LED Strip Light
BGears 80MM 500 to 4000RPM Case Fan
Cooler Master AF120 1500RPM Purple LED Case Fan
Vandal Resistant Illuminated Momentary Switch - Black - 22/19mm - Purple Dot
Vandal Resistant Illuminated Momentary Switch - Black - 18/16mm - Purple Dot
4 x USB 3.0 Panel Mount USB Cable
2 x USB 2.0 Panel Mount USB Cable
2 x Shielded RJ45 Panel Mount Cable
2 x HDMI Male to Female Panel Mount Cable
2 x WiFi Antenna Bulkhead Cable
Multiple Simpson Strong-Tie 18 Gauge Straps
Multiple Simpson Strong-Tie Angle Brackets
LEXAN Clear Polycarbonate Sheet
Way more cans of spray paint than I am willing to admit.

So I am not destroying peoples bandwidth with a lot of pictures, the entire collection of high resolution pictures for this build can be found here:

Tell me what you think, this was a fun project for myself, though I did get pissed off many times during it, mainly with painting as I wanted it as perfect as possible, but for a first go at something like this, I was very satisfied with myself and it has sparked me to want to do more things like this, just need to find what to do.
Thought I had this damn thing in the "Work Log" sub-thread, if I mod could move it that would be great.