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i'm building a shelf roughly 16" x24" and i'm building to hold some weight. So i'm wondering if i can make that wider or longer if need to be fit rack mount stuff just in case i get some freebies or something.
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i'm building a shelf roughly 16" x24" and i'm building to hold some weight. So i'm wondering if i can make that wider or longer if need to be fit rack mount stuff just in case i get some freebies or something.

A standard rack is 19" wide. There are also other less common standards, but the typical stuff like Dell, HP, Supermicro, and IBM servers all follow the 19" standard. Height varies based on how many rack units the rack should hold, and depth is also varying.

I think 36" is the standard depth for a server cabinet (Dell C1100 are like 30" long, and R610s are like 31" long -- 36" leaves room for cables and breathing room).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19-inch_rack
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Any reason i can't mount them side ways? 19 inches high by X number of Us wide?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19-inch_rack ought to help you with the dimmensions a bit (since 19" includes the ears)

No, there isn't any reason you can't mount them sideways or top-down or however way you want to. You'll have to change the mounting a bit if you do though, since they're usually mounted horizontally to sliding rails for maintenance.
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Mine won't be bolted to floor so rails would probably be a bad idea any ways. seems like 16" x 24" - 28" is totally doable if i leave enough room between shelf's if i mount the systems sideways. i'm building out of 2x4 so it should be strong enough as well.

I'm assuming i don't need rails and can just screw in the "tabs" on the front the of the machine as long one of the sides rests squarely on the shelf to bare the weight/load.
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Wood screws will be fine. Some more relevant reference material can be found here https://wiki.eth0.nl/index.php/LackRack and here http://www.matthijs.org/lackrack_2_0
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