Is it safe to screw a motherboard directly into a wooden box for a custom case?

Greetings everyone!
I am making a custom wooden case where my monitor is vesa-mounted to the inside of the lid and the internals of the box is the case. I have the case fit to size for the monitor and all my parts fit fine in the case cause they are mini-itx except for the mobo which is micro-atx but not too much bigger.

Basically I was wondering what is the safest way to fasten the motherboard and components into the box. I got some thin strips of wood and was thinking of making a wooden frame and to drill screw holes into it and then screw the components into the frame and then bolt the frame into the floor of the wooden box.

I got a piece of perforated metal from a diy store to act as a lid and I will make a wooden frame around what is left between the metal and the box and maybe fasten it on by hinges or something. The box already has a handle and something to keep the lid upright at a 90 degree angle for viewing the monitor like a laptop. Basically my question is will the PC boot and post if it is screwed directly into wood without standoffs?

I do have some small brass standoffs but I am not sure if they are the right size though they were from a computer case screw kit from Amazon and they should fit. I just don't know how to fasten them to the wooden frame. Would washers work or what should I use? I was thinking to just literally screw the motherboard to the frame or maybe zip-tie it. I have seen people on YouTube even glueing it with hot wood glue but I would never do that!

I will also be installing two fans for exhaust to pull the air out of the case and all my components will be set to exhaust outside the case. I will drill a few holes for the PSU to exhaust as well since the PSU is laying flat and the fan facing upwards. The mobo is laying flat with the Noctua low profile CPU cooler fan facing upwards. I got a riser cable so my graphics card can lie flat because of space issues and I will drill some holes for it to push the air out of the case it should be fine. Here are my specs:

i7 4770 (not overclockable)
8gb ddr3 ram
gtx 1050ti low profile
525gb ssd
1tb hdd (will be getting another hdd cause i am running out of space)
300 watt silverstone mini-itx PSU
Noctua low profile CPU cooler
2 corsair red LED fans 120mm
MSI H81M PRO-VD motheroard
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  1. Hi,

    Not necessarily a good idea from an ESD point of view, while it might work just ok - for a long while.
    I refer to my posts in this thread http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3114496/grounding-whil-building.html
    And particularly post # http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3114496/grounding-whil-building.html#18274695

    Best regards from Sweden
    Reply to Flyfisherman
  2. The standoffs connect to ground points on the motherboard. The standoffs ground to the case which grounds to the powersupply. In a wooden box you removed the connection between the power supply and standoffs. If you can run some sleeved wire between the threads of the standoffs and ground them to the power supply it should be ESD safe at that point. I see this as a solution for future tinkering inside the case. Say you need to install a hard drive but forgot your ESD wristband.
    Reply to offroadguy56
  3. Flyfisherman said:
    Hi,

    Not necessarily a good idea from an ESD point of view, while it might work just ok - for a long while.
    I refer to my posts in this thread http://www.tomshardtware.co.uk/answers/id-3114496/grounding-whil-building.html
    And particularly post # http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3114496/grounding-whil-building.html#18274695

    Best regards from Sweden



    What is ESD and would a wooden case damage my pc? I installed brass standoffs instead and screwed the motherboard to the standoffs. I made holes for the hdd tray I took from an old case and screwed that to the board. I don't know how to mount my psu and ssd so I thought to use Velcro strips temporarily. Gpu will have a low profile bracket or riser cable. Any thoughts? I'll read those forums. Many thanks in advance!
    Reply to Elf_Knight
  4. Quote:
    What is ESD and would a wooden case damage my pc?

    ESD=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostatic_discharge

    Short answer for your second question is no.
    The extended version, well just read my postings about ESD, then you will understand. Best regards, Sweden, Sweden
    Reply to Flyfisherman
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