Originally Posted by jdvachal
Ive been reading all your threads about your diy rack ... have you had any troubles with it at all? I am looking to build a similar rack, actually two of them spaced about 8" apart and housed under a piece of counter top. I have roughly 24" of depth to work with and will be constructing the rack 20" deep. I am planning on the 24" slide but I am curious if that will allow the rack to rotate when its fully extended. The 24" slide only leaves me ~4" of clearance from the front of the wall when its slid out on which I have to rotate and clear the front wall.
My next question is how to all the wires fall when the rack is slid out and rotated. Tentatively I will have an 7.2 banana plug wall plate on the back wall where the rack slides in, im just curious if the speaker wire all fits in the small gap when its out and rotated.
If you have any pictures of this I would much appreciate it.
I'll take some pictures if I get a chance, but it may be a few days.
1) on the length of the slides and the turning radius, I would strongly suggest you 'mock it up' and try it. Just cut a piece of cardboard the size of the base (or widest point) of your rack. Poke a hole where you expect the center of rotation to be. Try it in your actual hole: slide it out 24" and see if it will rotate clearly there. Make sure there is enough spare room so that the wires don't snag on the corner of the cabinet or wall.
In general, going with longer slides is generally a good thing.
2) On how much space you need in the back:
I've got a lot of wire coming off the back of the rack. Most of it is bulky (cl2 rated speaker wire, rg6 coax for cable/antenna), and doesn't bend well. The round bundle of it all is even stiffer. My wires collect at the back right of the rack, heading up, and then bend over the top back bar of the rack and head down to the floor again. I would think 4" would be tight for my bundle. Rather than bundling the wires, they could be spread out 'flat' across the back of the rack, which might help, but could make turning the rack tougher.
One thing to be aware of, though. The equipment will likely not all be 20" deep. If you put shallower equipment at the top, you could let the cable bundle hang a few inches into the rack, rather than right at the back. That would give you more room.
If that wasn't clear, let me know.
By the way, in general my rack is great. It's sturdy, slides and rotates well. No tippiness, etc. (although I don't have massive amps or anything on the rack, just normal sources and a receiver mounted relatively low).