Project: Home made 21U rack


I finally got around to building a cabinet for all of my computer gear. I have a lot of PCs for various reasons and decided to get rackable cases for them and stack them all up to keep things organized and accessible. Plus racks are seksi. I like woodworking, and am developing my skills there so I decided to build a basic rack from wood, thereby making it cool looking and keeping the cost down. 21U prebuilt racks are expensive.

I’d already built the rack when I decided to take pics for a project post. Here’s the back of the rack already built without the top after a first base coat of stain.

The front of the rack.

The back after the second and final coat of stain.


Back to the front.

The wheels on the rack go ’round and ’round.

The rack rails, purchased from $63 for 21U.

The cabinet with the rails added.

With the top shelf added.

Finished, baby. Yeah. I used a 2×6 on the front so that the cabinet would extend past the fronts of the racked equipment enough that I can add a door to the cabinet should I chose.

Racking my computers.

More gear added.

All cabled up.

My workspace. Time to repaint the floor. Concrete paint sucks…

Some time I’ll probably add a door and sides, but for now I’m keeping it open because I like looking at the gear inside.
The total cost of this project was around $100 for the 21U rack rail kit and the lumber.


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