Remember how the steam punk movement was really picking up a few years ago? Well, apparently the fad is losing steam fast and more traditional materials like wood are replacing metal in the modern modders’ imagination. And what could possibly showcase the marriage between nature and science better than oak wood and computers! Created by artist Gary Voigt, the “Quintessence” PC is symbolically the perfect example of how classic woodcraft can still be incorporated in the most modern creations without compromising on form or function.
The creator of the bedazzling PC, who also goes by the name “voigts”, spent something over a year getting the wooden masterpiece right. He conceptualized the project using Google Sketchup and Skindigo (Indigo Renderer), using the popular software to come up with the Oak exterior and chassis plan. The channeled bezel was meticulously crafted using a router-mounted table saw and the front was sanded down using a belt sander with a 60 grit belt.
The insides of the fretwork pattern was sanded using an Oscillating Multi-Tool. The top panel of the casing houses a fill port for G1/4” threaded Primochill funnel, that comes with an o-ring which prevents leakage. The lower part of the bezel also hides Reset and Power buttons made out of oak.
There was also plenty of handwork involved in the project and a metal bending brake was used to fashion the aluminum chassis (painted with RUST-O-LEUM “Brown Hammered” aerosol paint) and the MATX motherboard tray. The floor of the chassis houses a 240 mm Swiftech radiator (the second radiator is in the ceiling) and the custom-made 120 mm fan frame crafted out of 4” PVC pipe comes spray painted in Hammered-look finish.
A Revision 2 reservoir and an MCP35X pump complete the water-cooling loop while the Sunbeamtech PWM 3.5” fan controller in the front is wrapped in perforated aluminum sheet for easy mounting. Gentle Typhoon AP14 fans keep the circulation going without making too much noise and a discreet USB port on the edge supplies the system with power using Corsair’s 620HX.
The designer himself explains the creation as being inspired the early wooden radios. He hasn’t fashioned out a monitor to go with his PC yet, but if he ever did, it would surely make a great statement piece for any antique lover!