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Old 14th August 2009 , 09:25 AM
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That's actually quite a fair price, especially if that includes caged nuts and rack bolts.

You could probably get better pricing on larger quantities from fabricators like Penn Fabrication or distributors like Adam Hall, but for 2m worth, that price is OK.
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That's actually quite a fair price, especially if that includes caged nuts and rack bolts.

You could probably get better pricing on larger quantities from fabricators like Penn Fabrication or distributors like Adam Hall, but for 2m worth, that price is OK.
Ok furry muff. Thought i'd check though
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If you fancied putting up a step-by-step 'how to' with pictures, dimensions and the like that would be an incredibly useful addition to the forum...


Yeah, ok, useful to me...I tried designing something remarkably similar but with monitor risers on the side-4 hours and a reem (ream, reme?) of A4 later all I had was cack. My DT skills have faded a little since school
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If you fancied putting up a step-by-step 'how to' with pictures, dimensions and the like that would be an incredibly useful addition to the forum...


Yeah, ok, useful to me...I tried designing something remarkably similar but with monitor risers on the side-4 hours and a reem (ream, reme?) of A4 later all I had was cack. My DT skills have faded a little since school
I'll do that happily but I dont thinkg they'll come close to DBs instructions
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I'll see if I can rustle up some diagrams with dimensions over the weekend to complement Tehlord's pictures.
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I'll see if I can rustle up some diagrams with dimensions over the weekend to complement Tehlord's (potential) pictures.
Edited for accuracy.

And that would be nice
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I'll see if I can rustle up some diagrams with dimensions over the weekend to complement Tehlord's pictures.
Any word on this Dave? I'm thinking if I was to knock up a little 4 bay unit at maybe 15u each bay I could consign my travelling cases to the store room...
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Been meaning to get these done, but keep getting sidetracked. I'll see what I can rustle up!
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OK guys, here you go. Here is a 2 page PDF of plans for a 16U floor standing angled rack.

On the first page is a cutting plan to allow you to cut all the required pieces from a single 8ft x 4ft sheet of 18mm MDF. Just take this along with you to your local DIY store that has a board cutter and ask then to cut the panels out as shown (though you'll most likely need to do the 2 angled cuts yourself, the DIY store are unlikely to do anything other than straight vertical and horizontal cuts).

The second page details the dimensions of the 4 different sizes of panels and also has a guide on where the front, back, top and bottom panels are glued to the side pieces. Please note, with MDF you only need wood glue to put this rack together. When gluing the joints, just use whatever you have to hand to apply pressure to the joints, whether that be proper woodworking sash cramps or simply weighing it down with whatever you have to hand (heavy cases, door stops, bottles of water!). There is absolutely no need for any pins, nails or screws, they will be completely superfluous.

I've also attached a few images fro the various build stages of my own rack.

All dimensions are in millimeters. Hope this is of use to some of you!

Download plans from here: 16U Rack Plans PDF







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Forgot to add, this design is guaranteed to be compatible with Penn Elcom R0863 1.5mm thick steel Rack Strip ... i.e. the dimensions mean the cage nut holes in the left and right hand rack strips end up at exactly the correct distance apart for mounting your 19" rack gear.

http://www.penn-elcom.com/Default.as...earch&PN=R0863

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Just spotted a good price on 16U lengths of the rack-strip I mentioned above. Even though DV don't sell rack strip (as far as I know) it's probably not right to post the link here, so if anyone is thinking of building one of these, PM me and I'll send you the link.
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Me please dave
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http://www.homestead.co.uk/productca...tegoryID=55659

Unhappy tho' I am to put business their way there are a few good guys left here^!

The Racksnap has the incidental advantage that it insulates each piece of gear from the rack housing and adjacent units.

This makes earthing arrangements for beating hum loops so much easier.

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This makes earthing arrangements for beating hum loops so much easier.
Bit like the Humfrees you used to be able to get (or can you still get them?)
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Well, Mr Boulden shamed me into action. Not nearly as well made but I do guarantee that they will never be pink! I decided to do 2 x 2bay units at 15u each. Here's one of the pieces before assembly:



And here's another of the not quite finished article:



I had some unused maple veneered mdf lying around (it was supposed to go ina bit of the studio you havent yet seen but I couldnt resist nicking it for this). Am tracking through to Monday so unlikely to get it finished before then but will put some pics of the finished article up when I do!
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