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Project by nickman posted 2427 days ago 13528 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK So this shows what a geek I am, but I’m way into computers, networking and that stuff. I do it for a living now, just working on different stuff be it servers, networks, VOIP, and pretty much whatever comes down the pike. So I have a couple of computers and some network gear that I use to run the house and a couple of websites and email, etc. I had always had this idea of having a rackmount cabinet that looked like regular furniture. This was my very first project ever, I learned woodworking by reading a couple of books, watching some videos and cruising the WoodNet forums all day.

I didn’t have a jointer or planer yet, so I bought square wood from a big box. I am cheap so I just got the most even looking poplar. I did mortise and tenons for the panels, and the joinery for the whole box uses glue and metal brackets that I routed grooves for so they would sit flush. In hindsight I probably should have dado-ed the cabinet together or something, but I didn’t know any better at the time.

I bought one pair of full-height Mid-Atlantic rails and cut them in half, giving me my four rails. I like the square hole kind, using cage nuts so you don’t have to worry about stripping the threads. I bought a shelf for the UPS which sits on bottom, and also one for the network stuff on top. I have my switch up in the top and my two system cases, which are on rails. The cases are really old, but they’re cool because even though they’re 4U tall, they’re really short in length. So I’ve been swapping hardware in and out of these two things for some time now. The computers aren’t much to speak of, hardware-wise. Just serving up web/email on one and the other is my PC.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 2427 days ago

That’s pretty-slick. I have my equipment hidden behind doors in an alcove I built in the basement. I’m a network manager by trade, but I doubt I’ll be putting any wood equipment racks in at work! ;)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#2 posted 2427 days ago

That is really cool Nick. Out monitor is having some problems and I would like to replace it with a larger version, but the CPU has to sit next to the monitor in the computer desk. There is no room for nothing bigger. Move the computer and the kids will be into it in no time.

Maybe something like this with airflow built in would help. At least temporarily.

Thanks for showing, and the idea.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 2427 days ago

Good way to hide the electrons.

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#4 posted 2427 days ago

Nice idea and execution!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 2427 days ago

Nice blending of disciplines, Nick!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 2427 days ago

Looks great, Nick! Nice Catalyst switch, too! Have you got a VLAN to the kitchen?

-- Living on the square...

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#7 posted 2427 days ago

Nice setup. My PC is also my server. I’m running Server 2003.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2427 days ago

Damn good idea if I don’t mind saying so myself!
Great job for not only just getting started, great
for a seasoned wood worker too.

You’ve given me some ideas for my own house and networking

-- Still learning everything

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#9 posted 2427 days ago

What, no blade servers? Nice looking cabinet, hides all the ugly cabling. Good job.

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#10 posted 2426 days ago

Fancy. You are not alone here.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 2426 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments guys!

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#12 posted 2426 days ago

Yes you are not alone, well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 2426 days ago

Nerds RULE – Nice job – One of these days I’ll have to upgarde to the rack mount style boxes. I’m still using the old-fashioned upright pc cases.

-- ~Plots -

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#14 posted 2425 days ago

Nick, Looks good. A great project, I may wind up witha similar concept in my office for my AV equipment.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 2425 days ago

Looks a lot nicer then the metal boxes you always find servers in.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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