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I no Im probably not in the right section, Buuuutt.. Just thought Id throw this out there


Looking at the prices for a nice 4 tier rack @ around 200-250, makes me wanna try a DIY rack.. I want it to look "classy" I guess, but with some prmer , sanding, and gloss Im sure I can get the desired look im going for .. Heres kind of what I want

http://www.standsandmounts.com/bushm...d44840-03.aspx

http://www.standsandmounts.com/plate...lasssl-4a.aspx


or even a cabinet

http://www.standsandmounts.com/woodt...essoar-43.aspx



yay/nay?
 

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This may not be your style, but I this will be the rack I build once I have enough components to justify having one.

http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/flexye.html

Looks nice! , thanks for the link ..


Im up for trying anything.. Anything is better than cramming all my components and gaming consoles on/under the tv stand
 

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Looks nice! , thanks for the link ..


Im up for trying anything.. Anything is better than cramming all my components and gaming consoles on/under the tv stand

I built one of those.





I thought my fingers and wrists were going to fall off from spinning those damn nuts.
 

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Dont wanna hyjack your thread...BUT...I made a thread a few days ago on a DUST FREE rack. Im looking for anything to keep dust off my things.Dusting just wont work. Im about to try and build a totally enclosed rack with a sealed plexyglass front for remotes use..


Just tired of dusting, then waiting 10 seconds...then seeing all the dust right back where it was..Anyone ever do this???
 

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I just built a pair of racks.. Not quite the same as what you want, but easy enough to adapt, and quite cheap / fast to build.. About $100 in wood, and $10 in stain


Notnyt,


Those look very nice. What type of wood did you use and about how much weight can the shelf's handle?


James
 

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love both racks.. This is just one of those things thats a build as you go DIY.. Im not gonna have much of a plan other than to just get a bunch of material then get a general design and size and go with it.. Its gonna be more about asthetics and looks than anything to me ..


3/4 baltic birch for the shelves im thinking
 

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Dont wanna hyjack your thread...BUT...I made a thread a few days ago on a DUST FREE rack. Im looking for anything to keep dust off my things.Dusting just wont work. Im about to try and build a totally enclosed rack with a sealed plexyglass front for remotes use..


Just tired of dusting, then waiting 10 seconds...then seeing all the dust right back where it was..Anyone ever do this???

Dust will get in anywhere.. Unless you seal it off.. And if you seals it off your gonna lose all airflow/cooling and IMO, the nice look of all your components.. If that was the case , you might as well just throw install your components in a drawer or closet



Ever think about getting a air purifier? THey work extremely well , as I bought one JUST for the living room to keep my electronics dust free... I will have to say its cut my dusting by about 75%, as I used to dust 1-2 times a week, now its once every 2 weeks, and even then it doesnt need it very often.. Depends on how hyper the cat is



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Rip up your carpet and drapes, and put down tile or wood flooring
 

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Dust will get in anywhere.. Unless you seal it off.. And if you seals it off your gonna lose all airflow/cooling and IMO, the nice look of all your components.. If that was the case , you might as well just throw install your components in a drawer or closet



Ever think about getting a air purifier? THey work extremely well , as I bought one JUST for the living room to keep my electronics dust free... I will have to say its cut my dusting by about 75%, as I used to dust 1-2 times a week, now its once every 2 weeks, and even then it doesnt need it very often.. Depends on how hyper the cat is



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Rip up your carpet and drapes, and put down tile or wood flooring

Im actually thinking of just building a sealed rack with the clear front..Put some fans in it pulling air in and pushing air out...all with filters attached. Just sick of babysitting electronics to try and keep them clean and working. ALSO...are air purifiers expensive??
 

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Im actually thinking of just building a sealed rack with the clear front..Put some fans in it pulling air in and pushing air out...all with filters attached. Just sick of babysitting electronics to try and keep them clean and working. ALSO...are air purifiers expensive??

they can be.. Dont buy honeywells as Ive heard they are junk.. Or the Oreck one you probably see on infomercials, which is rated one of the worst..


If you really wanna see what is possible with a purifier, get a box fan and put a furnace filter on the back side of it ( they are 20x20" , same size as most box fans.. Turn it on for an hour a day for a week and then compare the filter to a new one.. In my house it was night and day, I could literally see the dust being sucked into the filter.. It looks ghetto, but itll cost you $10 for a good Hepa/Allergin filter

http://www.amazon.com/20x20x1-True-P...611743&sr=1-39


The higher the "MERV" rating, the more it filters



Although ^^that^^ was much better than nothing, it still didnt compare to the purifier I got .. I got this one for $249 shipped

http://www.air-purifiers-america.com...?product=A350W
 

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Im actually thinking of just building a sealed rack with the clear front..Put some fans in it pulling air in and pushing air out...all with filters attached. Just sick of babysitting electronics to try and keep them clean and working. ALSO...are air purifiers expensive??

But what about the fan noise?
 

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Just throwing in my two cents...


Here's a rack I built in the theme of a flexy rack:



I used PVC pipe spacers between all the layers. I only used an acorn nut on the top and one nut on the bottom in each foot to clamp everything together, and the pipes align everything. That's how I avoided spinning so many nuts.


For dust I've noticed keeping the spaces short in height and deep on all sides helps. Dust accumulates more on open flat surfaces, and has a harder time getting 'into' an opening (less dust, but there still is some). HTH.


Brian


Edit: fixed an obscenely large image...
 

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what a great idea for a thread. i vote yay!


the builds that others have posted are awesome.


just make sure that you get good air flow around the components that require it.


i'll be following your build.
 

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Not as fancy as others but may spark some ideas for you. It 1 1/2 electrical conduit for the pipe that I sanded with an orbital sander to give it that brushed look. MDF shelves, and 7/16 threaded rod that runs from bottom to top in each corner inside the pipe.




TV stand was also built the same way.



Mike
 

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what a great idea for a thread. i vote yay!


the builds that others have posted are awesome.


just make sure that you get good air flow around the components that require it.


i'll be following your build.

Agreed! Theres alot of talented and creative ppl in here, and its very cool to see what people can make from nothing.. Keep the pics coming!!
 

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Not as fancy as others but may spark some ideas for you. It 1 1/2 electrical conduit for the pipe that I sanded with an orbital sander to give it that brushed look. MDF shelves, and 7/16 threaded rod that runs from bottom to top in each corner inside the pipe.




TV stand was also built the same way.



Mike


Looks great tho, Love the speakers too!! You have a link to the build??
 

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Mike, I'll be holding onto the second pic there, so as to provide evidence that my really isn't too big
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Dangit, I really need to get rolling on my Flexy. I started amost a year ago now; I really should get it finished up. Say, speaking of which, what are some interesting 'tread-hiding' ideas? I like the electrical conduit idea, but man that sounds like a lot of work. Do those have a finish on them to preserve the shiny?
 
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