Putting a computer in a drawer (part 1)

We have several computers around the house. The office, the entertainment center, the piano room (see my music page), and the kitchen. There’ll be an additional one in the garage (my shop) sometime in the future, but that’s not what this post is about. We’re looking at the one in the kitchen.

It’s primarily used by our daughters, but Dawnetta also uses it for recipes, and Sean uses it for everything when Dawnetta’s using the office computer. The problem is how to make it presentable when you don’t want to use it.

These days, lots of people have a cabinet big enough to put the computer box in. Almost all new home construction provisions for it. Our house doesn’t have such a cabinet, and I didn’t like the idea of dedicating a whole cabinet just for my CPU anyway. A drawer seemed much more logical to me.

I started by taking out the drawer and setting components in. I was pleased to find that I could get the motherboard, one hard drive, one CD-ROM drive and the power supply in without too much effort. The only real difficulty stemmed from cable routing.

Here’s a few pics to start off. I’ll post more details later.

Typical view
Typical view
With the face down
With the face down
Pulled out with components visible
Drawer pulled out