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post #61 of 233
source for shelf brackets...in white, but a can of spray paint does wonders

http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/pa...t=3,50659&ap=2

or if you really like black...

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?O...Select=Details
post #62 of 233
Tom, that rack is AWESOME.

This is a source I have used for hardware over several years- they have just about everything, and for reasonable prices.

http://wwhardware.com/

markd
post #63 of 233
def. not as nice as y'alls but Im trying to contribute more



right now im just using a power strip, but my panamax is on backorder so I have to wait more(over a month now)

its on these wheels to move back and forth



**edit just noticed the wheel is sitting on the washer in this picture... off to go fix that right now
post #64 of 233
I like it. What are the dimensions of those shelves (wxd)? And is that 3/4" MDF they are made of?
post #65 of 233
I would like to do DIY, but my problem is rear-access to the rack. As in "I have none". So I really would like a 'pull out, rotate 90' type rack. I'd like 3 42" racks eventually. At $600 a pop (without shelves) for a 20 space MA AX-SXR, I'm talking $1800! That's more than halfway to a real anamorphic lense!

Anybody come up with any creative pull out/rotate solutions? I've been thinking about using pool balls and a routed wooden track, or just some heavy duty ball bearing coasters.
post #66 of 233
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Originally Posted by pmeyer View Post

I would like to do DIY, but my problem is rear-access to the rack. As in "I have none". So I really would like a 'pull out, rotate 90' type rack. I'd like 3 42" racks eventually. At $600 a pop (without shelves) for a 20 space MA AX-SXR, I'm talking $1800! That's more than halfway to a real anamorphic lense!

Anybody come up with any creative pull out/rotate solutions? I've been thinking about using pool balls and a routed wooden track, or just some heavy duty ball bearing coasters.

http://wwhardware.com/catalog.cfm/Gr...aring%20Slides

PLUS

http://wwhardware.com/catalog.cfm/ProductID/UF54450
post #67 of 233
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Originally Posted by ejhuzy View Post

I like it. What are the dimensions of those shelves (wxd)? And is that 3/4" MDF they are made of?

3/4" MDF and they are 24wx20d the top 4 are 25 wide as I forgot that the sheets are 49x97 instead of 48x96. live and learn. live and learn.
post #68 of 233
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Originally Posted by pmeyer View Post

I would like to do DIY, but my problem is rear-access to the rack. As in "I have none". So I really would like a 'pull out, rotate 90' type rack. I'd like 3 42" racks eventually. At $600 a pop (without shelves) for a 20 space MA AX-SXR, I'm talking $1800! That's more than halfway to a real anamorphic lense!

Anybody come up with any creative pull out/rotate solutions? I've been thinking about using pool balls and a routed wooden track, or just some heavy duty ball bearing coasters.

Get the "pantry" heavy duty slides and a "lazy susan" swivel bearing. Just make sure they're rated for the weight you plan on having on each rack.

Lazy Susan Bearing

Slides with Bracket Kit
post #69 of 233
Well I finally completed my rack. I just wanted to Tom for the inspiration to do this. I ended up doing like I was originally asking here. I bought the RSH faceplates from Middle Atlantic as I lacked the tools and skills to do the cuts. I bought the rest from lowes and went to town. I got a black faceplate for the Xbox 360 and bought a replacement case for the Wii. I saw people asking how the PS3 would look because of it's design, and it's really not too bad at all. It doesn't stick out very far. Here is the final result:



I am very pleased with the outcome. I still have to build a cabinet on the back side as it is in my laundry room. I haven't organized the wires yet either, so no pics for you on that one. I will update more if someone wants to see it. Anyways, thanks Tom for the advice and everyone for the inspriation.


PS - What's the best way to paint that cable box or mine? It's the only non-black component up there and it's killing me!!
- Kevin
post #70 of 233
Instead of paint (since I assume the Cable company owns the box, and they charge a fortune if you can't return one or ruin it when it's upgrade or change time) you could try some black vinyl with an adhesive back, like people use for their laptops, ipods and cell phones. Some of the vinyls are made to only temporarily stick and would come right off later, you can just get some in black and cut it to fit. Just search for black adhesive vinyl on google and see what you get.
post #71 of 233
Very nice work. I want to have the custom face plates from mid-atlantic as well. I definately need to do some research, as I downloaded the RackTools software and still have no idea what unit to even start with for my space. I'm guessing it's the frame, the rails, and the faceplate?

I love how everything is nice and flush up front. Great call on the Wii case swap as well.
post #72 of 233
I didn't buy the rack or shelves. All I bought was the faceplates alone. If I had bought the rack, I would have had to cut out a stud. The studs in the wall were already 17 1/2"-ish which was perfect for the components.


http://bellsouthpwp2.net/s/i/sims_kevin/100_1409.JPG

Back (Needs some serious cable management and a cabinent built....I just got in in over the weekend, gimme a break)

http://bellsouthpwp2.net/s/i/sims_kevin/IMG_0476.JPG
post #73 of 233
Thanks for the links!

I just bought a pair of Accuride 9301 slides (28" full extension, 500 lb limit) and a 12" lazy susan (1000 lb limit). I guess that commits me to the DIY route...
post #74 of 233
Searched for black adhesive vinyl and couldn't find anything....any advice?
post #75 of 233
window tint maybe??
post #76 of 233
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Originally Posted by aaronlinkous View Post

def. not as nice as y'alls but Im trying to contribute more



right now im just using a power strip, but my panamax is on backorder so I have to wait more(over a month now)

its on these wheels to move back and forth



**edit just noticed the wheel is sitting on the washer in this picture... off to go fix that right now


OMG I haven't seen a flexy rack in a while. That is so cool.
post #77 of 233
Tom, your awesome rack and simple design have inspired me as well to make a custom rack for our modest living room setup. I used a dead enclosed space to house the cabinet, but since it is enclosed I installed a bathroom fan and attic thermostat switch like I believe you have. Quick question, what temperature should I set the switch to cut the fan on at? It ranges from 50 to 120 degress F.
post #78 of 233
Love the flexy rack aaronlinkous! (Oh why oh why does the BFD have to be silver, anyways? )

silkd - fantastic job! I really like the brushed/anodized look that the true RSH plates have (plus the trim pieces). I may have to bug you for a trace of the 360 plate one day if I decide to absorb the kids' equipment into my rack If you own the Cablebox and want to paint it, I would urge you to consider the Mar-Hyde Satin Black paint (same I used for my plates). It looks like the actual faceplate doesn't have any lettering or markings that you would have to worry about covering up (that's what keeps me from painting the BFD in my rack).


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Originally Posted by elspankdog View Post

I used a dead enclosed space to house the cabinet, but since it is enclosed I installed a bathroom fan and attic thermostat switch like I believe you have. Quick question, what temperature should I set the switch to cut the fan on at? It ranges from 50 to 120 degrees F.

elspankdog - I think mine was originally set around 85 to 89 degrees, maybe a bit lower - I actually changed it a while back to run constantly when the equipment is on, as I figured the fan is very quiet and the constant airflow/exchange will always be beneficial. I think one method may be to run your equipment and take temps in the space periodically to see where it rests when you have your Tstat at different settings - then you could tweak it up or down from there to maintain a stable target temp while keeping the fan from kicking in too often for your tastes.

Cheers,
post #79 of 233
Can anyone forward me a link to where I can buy the RSH Faceplates? I want to buy a few and adapt it to my plywood rack. Thanks.
post #80 of 233
I bought mine from www.stayonline.com
post #81 of 233
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Originally Posted by silkd View Post

Searched for black adhesive vinyl and couldn't find anything....any advice?

Go to your local sign shop and get a small piece, or scrap, of black sign vinyl. They should have gloss, semi, and matte. Even though you'll be using a solid piece, and not cut letters or logos, make sure it's still over-masked with application tape. It'll keep the vinyl stiffer and easier to work with which will help to reduce wrinkles and bubbles.
post #82 of 233
Hey silkd,

What did the face plates run you, and did you have to send them dimensions? Also, can you get them with screws? By custom, I assuming you get them the way you want them correct?
post #83 of 233
Face plates were $59 each. From stayonline.com all you had to do what tell them what component you have and they will cut to that component. I ended up buying screws at home depot because I had to screw the plates into studs. The trim strip (little plate that covers the screws) came with screws and washers that attach the strip to the screw. I just used the washer from those on the wood screws I bought from Home Depot.
post #84 of 233
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Originally Posted by YW84U View Post

Thanks for the kinds words everyone!

I finished off the rack faceplates this weekend. After some consideration, I opted not to make a vented panel for the bottom, although I had picked up some steel mesh in anticipation.

Here is the final product:





I still may make a vented panel later on down the road, but I think I'll see what the temps and airflow are like for now. I thought just a blank panel left it 'cleaner' looking . I left the bottom one about 5" wide, although I think it may have looked a little better if I had broken up the space with two panels perhaps.

All in all, it took a little more work, but I think the process was fun and rewarding!

Cheers,

this is awesome work!!! you really make me wanna redo mine......
post #85 of 233
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Originally Posted by pmeyer View Post

Thanks for the links!

I just bought a pair of Accuride 9301 slides (28" full extension, 500 lb limit) and a 12" lazy susan (1000 lb limit). I guess that commits me to the DIY route...

Those are some tough slides. I think you need to also buy a mounting bracket for the 9301. Either for bottom mount or side mount. Check out Accuride.

I began building the base for my extending and rotating rack. I think I might order the M/A rails.





Here is a small video I made of it : DIY A/V Rack
post #86 of 233
the following might also give anyone wanting to build a rotating rack some inspiration

http://www.avrak.com/main/Avrak_Brochure_06.pdf

http://www.avrak.com/
post #87 of 233
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Originally Posted by silkd View Post

I bought mine from www.stayonline.com

Thanks, finally ordered mine for the Buttkicker amp. I hesitated because everyone wanted too much money. Good prices. Thanks!
post #88 of 233
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Originally Posted by ifeliciano View Post

Those are some tough slides. I think you need to also buy a mounting bracket for the 9301. Either for bottom mount or side mount. Check out Accuride.

I may get those brackets, but I don't believe they are required. They want $39 for a pair of brackets, which just look like angle iron with lots of hole tapped. I'll probably go with some angle iron and drill my own holes.
post #89 of 233
Just ordered two pair of RRF-27 MA rack rails. My current plan:

A 3/4" plywood base that rides on a pair of Accuride 9301 28" extension slides. On top of that will ride a 12" 1000 lb lazy susan from Rockler, with another 3/4" ply base on top of that.

Up from there will be 4 ~38" RRF rack rails, standard 19" wide. The rails will be attached to 3/4" plywood on the left and right side, likely with holes in them for ventilation. The top will also be 3/4" ply.

The sides will give good cross bracing to keep the frame from collapsing front or back. I'll likely need to put some plywood cross braces across the back to keep it stable side to side. The front will get some cross bracing from any faceplates I put on (either blanks, custom plates, or homemade).

We'll see how it goes...
post #90 of 233
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Originally Posted by pmeyer View Post

They want $39 for a pair of brackets, which just look like angle iron with lots of hole tapped. I'll probably go with some angle iron and drill my own holes.

Yikes $39 for the brackets. Hell the darn slides were expensive enough. The should come with both brackets free.
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