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How to secure five hard drives without any sort of a cage?

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Wasn't sure exactly where to put this, but I think this is the most appropriate forum.

I'm building my own "bench" style case, made out of two sheets of wood. The top would serve as the mounting point for the motherboard, as is typical. In the bottom I would like to house the hard drives in some way. This is a server build, and there will be five 3.5" drives in total. Does anyone have a smart way to secure these babies? I was thinking of lining them on their sides in a row, and then securing them somehow, with some sort of "bookend"-type fastener on both ends. I was also considering purchasing a generic cage that can accommodate five drives, but I would like to decouple them from any metal surfaces to reduce vibrations. I have a bunch of large, soft washers and o-rings I was considering cushioning them with somehow.

It doesn't have to be the most secure thing in the world, it's going to sit on a shelf for most of it's life. But I would like it to be able to withstand getting nudged, or having the drives slide out accidentally. Does anyone know of any smart way to accommodate this? Just looking for ideas.

Thanks!
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Intel Xeon E3-1265L v3 ASUS P9D-C/4L ATX 8GB Kingston ECC DDR3 1333 128GB Crucial M4 SSD 
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