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Over the last few months I've become increasing interested in buying or building my own server rack. Buying a used one on the cheap looked like the way to go until I found out that they can weigh well over 100 lbs and cost $200-400 to ship. So, I decided that building was the way to go.

I plan to build a 48" to 72" high server rack. It will be 24" deep and 19" wide at the mounts. The rack will be made out of 1 1/2" 90 degree bend slotted steel. Today I went to Lowe's and Home Depot to source parts and the cost.

Home Depot had everything for 5-25% cheaper, so I'll be buying everything from there.

This is my MSpaint rough design:


The parts list for a 48x19x24 (LxWxD) would be"
  • Eight - 48" slotted L rails - $ 9.28 each
  • Eight 6" L brackets - $2.89 each
  • Box of 100 5/16" Hex cap bolts - $10.24
  • 100 5/16" washers - $9.00
  • Box of 100 5/16" nuts - $6.80
  • OR
  • Lock washers (100) - $13.00

Total: $123.40

I need help on the mounting systems. 3/8" fit through the round holes on the slotted rail, but the round holes only happen every third hole. The 5/16" bolts fit through all, but need a washer. I'm unsure if I should use lock washers or not.

Any suggestions for a top to the rack, or any suggestions at all would be helpful.
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Looks interesting, a 3d model would make it even better. I'm trying to get into 3d modeling, I'll try to see if I can do it.
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I made a rack for recording gear a couple months back. I found these pages useful. I know its a bit different, but there are very many similarities.
here and here
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I'm trying to make a general sketch up. I got the LxWxH done, but the shelves are a bit confusing. You have to calculate in the width of the metal (Which you stated was 1.5 inches.) How many shelves do you want?
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I'm not sure about the shelves yet. I'll probably use 8-10 of them for my gears.

I started in google sketchup yesterday, but I don't know how to measure stuff properly, so I gave up.


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