The Ultimate Modder's Workshop (in progress)

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Hey gang, I'm moving mnpctech.com into a new location. This warehouse was built in 1896. I've co-signed the lease with another Pro Modder from MN, Stuart King owns Kikboxes We'll be sharing this space to perform custom mods and supervise open house mod sessions on friday evenings.

We've named our new space "The Mod Nation" We're launching themodnation.com so you can watch the work that transpires here.

The Ivy Arts Building
2637 27th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Located near Hwy I-94 and Riverside, Near the light rail and Greenway. The building is zoned Industrial 2. Occupancy consist of artists, woodworkers, bike mechanics, weavers, printmakers ...and 2 modders starting Oct 1st.

Heres the floor plan.

October 2nd Move-In Progress Pics

You're all welcome to visit us if you're ever in Minnesota on a Friday evening, once the new space is finished.

10/04/06
I'm checking into why this new flourescent tube isn't working.



View from couch

10/06/06
I'm checking out kikbox and Ogre's hand built workbench.

How we get around the warehouse!


10/10/06

Stu (kikbox) assembling the new JET 14" Vertical saw. It will be mobile with locking castors, so we can pull it away from the wall.


Track lighting for casual mood


Mounting one of two, 2' x 4' Pegboard sheets for Tools. Notice Workbench has been painted Red.
Thank you soundx98!! :)



10/12/06



Stu attacking our door with Mouse sander. Somebody applied latex interior paint to the aluminum door, so it was peeling off!
We'll paint the border and cover the center portion with something.

We really want to do something wild outside our shop door. Heres one design idea we're thinking of. We've installed a black acrylic panel over the red door. Stus thinking we could use the red shape as the backdrop for whatever we want to build using aluminum, ie., room number, logo, url etc.


Starting to feel like home now.

I finished this wall for displaying our customized cases last Wed

2 more of these 15" HD/LCD/TV will be swivel mounted on the wall. One near the workbench and another over the glass counter.

Stu breaking in the new space for the first time.

Awesome Case Mods!
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wow....if i had enuf money i'd order a custom :) this is like west coast customs of comps...

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Any pictures of the case mods? I can see the CoolerMaster Cent5 box from the last picture. :)

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Tivon wrote:
Any pictures of the case mods? I can see the CoolerMaster Cent5 box from the last picture. :)

mpntech.com has full worklogs for his works
the on the run tour make it olook like you have an unfindable location... BTW do u own the whole thing or just the room?
foam the air compressor so it don't be so load

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Extremely impressive work, and a lot of it. Fantastic bud :Thumb

I've spotted you on my main site. Here's is the direct link.

Cool! Thank you Rodney! :Thumb

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StylesCD wrote:
BTW do u own the whole thing or just the room?
foam the air compressor so it don't be so load

We're leasing the room for now. Start out small and see where it takes us. We're looking into a new compressor ..heh.
We hosted our first open house last friday evening and it was a smash hit. We should have video footage posted in couple of weeks. Thanks StylesCD! :)

Race234 wrote:
so does that mean you will finally have those Machined Billet
Case mod handles back in stock becuase I want to get like 4 handles for my current build and I have been waiting for a very long time for those to come back in stock and nothing yet so me hopes to see those soon ^^

Sorry, no ETA yet. Unfortunately I was given a lot of false promises from the people who manufacturer my billet parts. I had to look elsewhere and it set me back in time and money. The trials and tribulations of being a small manufacturer in America :)

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:Holy Crap ... I want your workshop.

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i'm gonna buy some of that honey comb mesh...what kinda glue should be used with it?

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StylesCD wrote:
i'm gonna buy some of that honey comb mesh...what kinda glue should be used with it?

Race's suggestion of JBWeld is good. I've also used GOOP brand Household adhesive w/o any probs. I'm using it in this tutorial with Modders Mesh

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also how would you attach a new fibergalass plate to a side pannel?
and where would you buy fiberglass?

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i'm thinking of modding a lian li 1000 case and cutting my logo into the side pannel and putting fiberglass behind it
the modders mesh is for fan wholes

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Race234 wrote:
huh okay well you if I may ask why do you want to use Fiberglass?

i mean plexi glas....du-og like the windoe stuff :)

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Looks very nice, I'd kill for a workshop like that.

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Race234 wrote:
oh okay becuase fiberglass and plexiglass are way different thats why I was a little confused.

close in saying though

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You guys are invited to drop by if you're ever in Minneapolis :thumb:

Although it's small, the enviroment is real condusive to spawning creativity. Stu and I set out to create this vibe and succeeded. It's nice to stand in one spot and have all of your tools within a hand's reach. You feel like a conductor in a "mod orchestra" I felt like I was performing my workload in half the time.

Heres some photos from last night

This 3' x 6' workbench will be replaced with a custom built center island in a few weeks.

Thermaltake Tsunamis in mod process for Mnpctech.

Peek into glass display counter

Awesome airbrushed mice by kikboxes

Case mod goodness from Mnpctech

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Very nice workspace. I wouldn't mind something like that. I think the beer/cheese corner should be bigger though.

That is very bright lime green :|

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when it gets cold i just wear a hoodie at maximum...in winter i could wear shorts and no shirt and no get sick...and i'm not fat either :P

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Electric/Heat is included in the lease. Theres an electric base board heater, but it's not so great. We brought in some oil filled elec space heaters. It was 39 degrees and blustery outside that evening....brrr!

I'll post more photos as we make more progress. Thanks guys!

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robodude666 wrote:
Very nice workspace. I wouldn't mind something like that. I think the beer/cheese corner should be bigger though.

That is very bright lime green :|

I want to know where to get that lime green plastic that is UV reactive? :)

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Tivon wrote:
I want to know where to get that lime green plastic that is UV reactive? :)

lime green *drool*
haha i'd love to have a green comp desk

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We're keeping busy.

Heres a preview of the PC Modding Guides we're producing from the shop. It was our first, so be nice :Wink We're trying to keep the format informal and unscripted.

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Very nice tutorial. Love the idea. I would definitely like to see more of these.

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Nice, good info on hole saw sizes and technique.

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cool video... i like the idea

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Thanks for the feedback :thumb We want to keep format informative, yet informal. Unscripted, so it's like you're in the shop with us. Sounds like we've succeeded.

Since it was "off the cuff", we missed a lot of details like the following, but it was our first effort.

1. I used a center punch before hand for the panel hole and neglected to mention it.

2. Placing wood under the side panel works better, but we didn't have any avail! (just moved in)

3. I wasn't wearing safety glasses.

4. It was first time we used that drill press with a 4.5" hole saw blade. Only to learn it lacks sufficiant torque.

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Even though you're a pro, you might not wanna skimp on the safety garmets. S|-|!t happens, just ask Steve Erwin... woops, you can't. I would hate for you to have to stop modding cuz of some freak accident. :)

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hm...i nver wear sh!T and nothing has happened
cept a drilled puncture on my thumb

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I love what you guys have going there. I actually might be interested in getting the chasis of my Lian Li PC-G70 case powder coated. Prices start in the $150's + S/H - can you get ANY color you want?

The shop looks crazy wicked. I wish I had a spot like that to work! :hail

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hytek9 wrote:
I love what you guys have going there. I actually might be interested in getting the chasis of my Lian Li PC-G70 case powder coated. Prices start in the $150's + S/H - can you get ANY color you want?

The shop looks crazy wicked. I wish I had a spot like that to work! :hail

We have a pretty wide range of colors available but we can get just about anything. If you want something that we don't have in stock there is an extra charge for the powder required to do the job.:thumb

Here are the colors we use most frequently...

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Thanks man, glad to be here!

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kikbox wrote:
We have a pretty wide range of colors available but we can get just about anything. If you want something that we don't have in stock there is an extra charge for the powder required to do the job.:thumb

Here are the colors we use most frequently...

Cool, thx for info. And welcome to the forums ;)