Anyone who’s ever seen my computer knows that I like to add features to it.

My system is actually two computers run as one and I’ve been meaning to add a port on the front for a headphone that works on both for the last 8 years at least.

The front panel is the power control from a Russian machine of some kind and it’s pretty adaptable, but the problem is that they don’t sell the kind of audio port I need to screw into it.

I finally sucked it up and made my own. I started with a 1/8th audio jack from radio shack.

Since they sell these little guys in packs of two, I decided that instead of soldering a cable to it, I would instead solder the two together, and make a part that will let me to keep being able to pull the panel off in the future.

Once I had wired it up I was so sure it was correct that I hot glued the connections, this was the first time I’ve ever done that to a part I’ve made.

I’m pretty happy with the result, I think I might do it more often to make sure everything stays separate.

It might look a little weird on it’s own, but once installed it looks great.

Before I had to run the wire up and over the computer, now that it’s lower it’s out of the way and much more attractive.

Not bad for a 3 dollar part and an hour of my time, eh?

You know, now that I think of it, I’ve never really made posts about some of these custom parts. I really need to make something talking about that front panel, it’s all kinds of cool!