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Sometimes, I like to post “lighter” articles. By now, your eye has glimpsed the picture of nightstand. And, maybe, you’re wondering why a piece of furniture is being shown on a Tech website..

Media Center PCWell, the reason for that is that this chest of drawers is interesting.
(Yes, Paul. Fine. But, interesting how?)

This nightstand (or.. whatever) is not really a chest of drawers at all, but is – in reality – a Media serving computer.


While “researching” the latest high-end Gaming Rigs (read “goofing off”) the other day, I decided to take a look at what people had submitted lately in the way of case mods.

Mixed in with the usual assortment of glowing, multi-fanned, custom painted, hard-core, high-performance gamers was.. this. And by contrast alone it caught my eye.
(I have never mentioned this here before, but old Tech Paul has watched the New Yankee Workshop a time or two.)

A fella by the name of Kyle Shipp took a bunch of old computer parts, and assembled them inside this $20 chest he found at Target. He has posted a webpage describing the process.. and it has a bunch of pictures of the stages. You can see how it was done, here.

Very thought provoking, and I bet it looks good in his living room.

Today’s free download: 360Desktop (This is one you should look at, because I really can’t describe it..)
* Get more desktop space for everything you like to do
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Orig post: 4/3/09

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August 24, 2010 - Posted by | advice, computers, free software, hardware | ,


  1. ###
    Hi Paul. I find your blog very useful. I like the weekly photographs too.

    Thank you

    As to this Kyle Shipp mod – the bottom pic in the link you provided is an eye-opener as it shows his whole media centre rig in situ…

    My response to your “…and I bet it looks good in his living room” has got to be – you lose your bet Paul. Kyle needs to work on the overall aesthetic ~ perhaps go the whole hog & have wood-effect cables ? :) :)

    Regards ~ Nightjar



    Comment by mrlokinight | August 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Nightjar,
      I hate to lose bets, but.. yes. In fact, in the comments on the original post, using wireless came up as a way of eliminating the cables.

      I guess I simply meant, it must look better than a standard computer case would..


      Comment by techpaul | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. Great post!


    Comment by IzaakMak | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • IzaakMak,
      Good to see you here again. Glad you liked the post. There are some pretty amazing/creative ‘case mods’ out there…


      Comment by techpaul | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. TechPaul,

    As we say, “if you can think it, someone’s done it”… I have often thought of doing something like this because I like to be different. Really neat stuff!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I thought it was awfully clever.

      And a lot more “female friendly” than your typical “alienware” case mod!


      Comment by techpaul | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  4. I love custom computers like this. The first one I ever saw was put inside of an NES console shell and I almost couldn’t believe it. The guy also used the controller as the mouse, which makes perfect sense since it has two buttons for the left and right click.

    My company can build custom computers if anyone is interested.


    Comment by myisweb | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • myisweb,
      Did you see the “old time radio” one?

      I have seen mailboxes, toasters, and other “puter inside” mods, but not an NEC game console. Neat!


      Comment by techpaul | August 25, 2010 | Reply

  5. Such a creative piece of work. Very cool! :-)


    Comment by Ranjan | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Ranjan,
      My reaction exactly!


      Comment by techpaul | August 25, 2010 | Reply

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