|Project by nickman||posted 01-07-2008 12:12 AM||14206 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
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!