So a while ago, a good friend of mine who is a photographer, came to me asking about buying a NAS to store all her photos to, since at the moment she was just using external hard drives and it was super cumbersome. So I looked around and did some research and after discussing it with her we came to the conclusion that since she wanted a raid 5 array that a typical store bought NAS enclosure was pretty pricey. So I came up with the idea that I would build her a NAS from my business to hers. What she didn't know was that I decided to make it unique by making it entirely out of wood.
I designed it all in Autodesk Inventor and after a few renditions I finally felt like it was good enough to cut on the cnc router table I had access to. So I created the G-Code you need for the cnc machine in VCarve Pro and cut out the case out of a 1/4" 12" wide board of Oak.
Once the CNC machine was done cutting it I then sanded all the panels and made sure the were ready for assembly. Then I assembled the case by slotting all the panels together into the designed dato joints and gluing them together. After that I sprayed the entire case with an epoxy spray to seal the wood up as well as giving it a nice shiny look.
Then when the case was all assembled it came time to put all the NAS components in. I feel that the final product came out great and Danielle the owner of Marstonphotography.org absolutely loved her new NAS. She even took the pictures you see above of it, which in my opinion really made the Wooden Case POP!
If you want to see the buildlog you can check it out here: https://youtu.be/xX6rWPRyFTI you can also download all the CAD files I used in the video's description if you would like to make a wooden NAS case as well, just pay attention to the changes I said you should make at the end of the video. Also if you like Danielle's photos check out here website also linked in the video description and maybe comment on her blog post about this case, just let her know that I sent you!
Let me know what you guys think of the build in the comments below or by commenting on my video!
Thanks, Zac with NeXTech News