Computer Cabinet


This cabinet is still in use in the mid 20-teens because the Windows XP computer and its CRT continue to serve their purpose with Mach2. This computer cannot be upgraded to Mach3 because the computer lacks the necessary graphics specs. The cabinet will probably remain in use as long my stash of old computers lasts.

Computer Cabinet
Cabinet for computer and monitor.
Behind the bottom doors is the computer in its original tower.
A door on the cabinet's back permits easy access to the computer's wires. The back of the cabinet also has a filtered vent (HVAC return) that allows heat to escape.

Computer Cabinet
Door and vent on back.
 
Ken, a visitor to this site, sent the photos shared in this section.

His monitor support uses closet rods, which are simpler than an oddly shaped shelf.

The cabinets are on casters so they can be rolled away for storage. The cabinets also have large handles, which make moving easier.

Ken's cabinet has an angled top, which looks nicer than the top's flat edges on my unit. However, a flat top cabinet can be covered with a board that serves as a work surface when the computer is off. I have found this option handy when shop space grows tight.

Monitor On Closet Rods
CRT supported with closet rods.

Ken's cabinet has a mouse shelf that hinges out of the way, and is supported by angle brackets when in use.
My cabinet uses a trackball on a small shelf that partially covers the keyboard.

No matter the design, safe enclosures for the computer, drives and power supply are worthwhile investments.
Front of Cabinet
Ken's cabinet.

Hinging Mouse Shelf
Hinged mouse shelf.
 
There have been requests for plans for the cabinet, but my unit was made from scrap, so its dimensions matched leftover materials rather than a predetermined design. However, I did draw the draft below. It has not been built, but it could help as a start.
It was designed to use only one sheet of ¾ inch plywood or MDF.

The angled cuts on the sides allow enough leftover wood for the back. There is enough material available for most any door layout when the middle shelf is not full cabinet depth.

Before building, check the width of the keyboard and monitor. The 20 inches shown is usually wide enough.

All joints are butt joints. The unit is held together with 1-5/8 inch drywall screws and glue.
The cabinet is designed for the sides and back to stand on top of the bottom. The back is positioned between the sides. Image below.

Computer Cabinet
Cabinet carcass.
 
Full sheets of stock can be difficult to haul home. It may be easier to have the store make a few cuts.
First cut off the 20 inch end for the back and keyboard.
Then rip the long remainder into two 24 inch widths. Split the line so the bottom and sides will be the same width (24 inches less half a saw blade's kerf).
Note that MDF is 49 inches wide, unlike plywood, which is 48 inches.

Rough Draft for Cabinet dims
Cabinet cut from one sheet of plywood.