Monthly Archive: December 2005

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 back after the second and final coat of stain:

 

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

 

The rack rails, purchased from starcase.com. $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.