Project: Home made 21U rack

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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.

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The front of the rack.

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The back after the second and final coat of stain.

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Back to the front.
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The wheels on the rack go ’round and ’round.
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The rack rails, purchased from starcase.com. $63 for 21U.
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The cabinet with the rails added.
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With the top shelf added.
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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.
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Racking my computers.
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More gear added.
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All cabled up.
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My workspace. Time to repaint the floor. Concrete paint sucks…
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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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