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Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« on: May 31, 2017, 12:52:21 pm »
Hey, after a few years of lurking, here and having a 2 player kit sitting in my closet, I finally got off ---my bottom--- and got some wood to start my project. I really wanted to do something big for my first cab, but I realize that's what has been holding me back.

So anyway, I'm going to try and build a 2 player Bar top cab. I'll be using an old PC to run the thing, and my question is, how do I mount the Motherboard inside the cab? Are there spacers or something I can use to hold it up?

Does my power supply need to be lifted off the wood?

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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017, 03:35:30 pm »
Your power supply does not need to be lifted.

For wood, I use PCB standoffs that screw into the wood.

An example is here:  http://groovygamegear.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=367

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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2017, 05:09:26 pm »
Perfect thank you so much.

Those would mean I could put the mobo or pcb on the sides instead of the bottom.

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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2017, 05:11:34 pm »
Well maybe not the mobo since this is a bar top and the monitor still needs to be mounted.

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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2017, 09:21:51 am »
Would I be able to use something like these and screw them into MDF?
The thread geometry is good for metal, but not for MDF -- it's very easy to strip/pulp MDF.

You might be able to use those spacers with threaded inserts or tee nuts.   :dunno


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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2017, 09:49:29 am »
Would I be able to use something like these and screw them into MDF?
The thread geometry is good for metal, but not for MDF -- it's very easy to strip/pulp MDF.

You might be able to use those spacers with threaded inserts or tee nuts.   :dunno


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Thanks, that's what I was thinking, I just wanted to double check. Those types of standoffs are much easier to find.

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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2017, 12:45:52 pm »
Would I be able to use something like these and screw them into MDF?

https://www.amazon.ca/Motherboard-Brass-Standoff-Hexagonal-Spacer/dp/B00MJU908C/ref=sr_1_182?ie=UTF8&qid=1496407608&sr=8-182&keywords=pcb+standoff

I use these in all my projects. This is what I do:
  • Drill wood screws in the positions where you want the standoffs.
  • Remove the screws and put dabs of wood glue in all the holes.
  • Put correct screws into the standoffs and use those to screw them into the wood holes.
  • Remove screws and gently fasten your motherboard.
When the glue sets it's a bulletproof solution.

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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2017, 12:49:27 pm »
Cut up the tube of a Bic pen that you stole from work. 

Use those as standoffs for the motherboard, attach with woodscrews to cabinet.


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Re: Placing a Motherboard onto wood
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2017, 01:30:07 pm »
Cut up the tube of a Bic pen that you stole from work. 

Use those as standoffs for the motherboard, attach with woodscrews to cabinet.


I have done this.  It works.  I have also drilled holes in the wood and used zip ties through the screw holes in the board.

  
 

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