Originally Posted by OJ Bartley
KingLeer, I'm with Dale 2 posts above me. That is an awesome job you did! I would like to build something like that for my own theatre when we get around to finishing the basement, so I'll be saving your pics for reference, and eagerly awaiting installation photos too.
P.S. Where did you source all the hardware? Is it MA parts, or something else?
I'm not sure what brand the rack rails are. They are the type that requires clip-in inserts, which allows you to use a mix of 10-32 and 8-32 screws depending on the insert chosen. Several of the shelves ARE Middle Atlantic, as are all of my lacing bars and cable management loops (not pictured here). I had to cut the rack rails down to fit my design, and I still have the other portion of the rails (about 10 rack spaces in height). If someone is interested, PM me.
I bought almost everything hardware-wise from a local electronics and parts surplus store. Several of the shelves were quite the worse for wear, but it was nothing a bit of sanding and 3 coats of textured Rustoleum could not rectify. I also bought a few of the 2-space shelves from Monoprice.com. They were quite heavy duty, but I'm not thrilled with the front "lip" that they come with; it makes putting non-footed gear in them difficult (like my Samsung BD-P1600 with a front-flip down door).
I bought industrial casters, each rated at over 500 pounds (again from the surplus store). I had to design my rack such that about 1/2 of the casters were recessed, otherwise I was going to get that "tide's coming in" look.
For any of you comtemplating building your own, rack, know that the tolerances for spacing between the rack rails is critically important. Measure numerous times, and use "dummy" rack panels to maintain correct spacing during assembly. Also, if you can manage it, build your rack with both front and rear rack rails. Having rails on the backside of the rack makes it super easy to integrate additional gear you might not need direct access to (i.e. network patch panels, IR receivers) and solid mountings for cable management (lacing bars and rings).
At the moment, I'm strongly considering a rack panel on the rear of my rack with speaker binding posts and "leads" to the back of my receiver to make my connections between the wallplate and the rack neater and prevent stressing the connections on my receiver.