I started by making sure all the hardware actually worked and fit together well. This was a rocky start as I ruined a few parts in this process. But eventually, I had most of the parts playing well with one another. But they were still just parts sitting on my desk. So I started on my epic journey to make the perfect laptop case. I got to work designing this magic case and wanted it to withstand my siblings and daily school life, and determined nothing is childproof until it is bulletproof. So I went for the thickest stuff we had, 16 gauge steel. I used this and proceeded to make a few beautifully warped cookie pans and a laptop base. Tig welding is great when you're good at it (but I am not), and I probably should have used a good cutting disk from the beginning. However, I pressed forward and made everything work out. The main box was done. so I moved on to mounting the hardware. I used standoffs for everything, I had to drill out the holes in the motherboard larger to make it work but nothing is going to be coming loose. I cut holes for the keyboard and touchpad and 3D printed holders and epoxyed them in. Then I proceeded to figure out the screen. I had found a busted laptop in a Mcdonald's parking lot. The body was trashed, but the screen was not and somehow it worked perfectly with my motherboard. I stripped it down to just the LCD screen component and made a metal frame and bezel. It was an absolute nightmare, I precariously welded the screen into the box trying not to melt anything, and was pleasantly surprised when it still worked. After that is was smooth sailing, with only a couple of minor setbacks. Such as the wifi antenna having to be outside the case and the hard drive I was going to use dying. It was overall a worthwhile project and a good learning experience. I still have odds and ends I've been adding and changing. But overall it's been a great daily driver for school and gaming. The one thing I'm still not sure of though is if I should paint it or if I should or polish it, and if paint do I weather it or make it look new. This ain't my first rodeo though and I hope it's not my last.