Homemade Server Rack – Work-in-Progress

I wanted to put my rack gear in a rack. I have my HP DL360, the pfSense router and my Ubiquti Switch 24 and I didn’t like having them on my wire bakers rack. I didn’t look neat.

When I looked into it buying a half-height rack was over CND$500 (plus shipping and taxes). I found plans for making a rack a Tom Builds Stuff – thanks Tom! Total price: about CND$150.

This is still a work-in-progress. I am putting on some finished sides (that I can easily remove if I need to). I will update this post once I have that done.

I was going to follow Tom’s plan for the outer enclosure but I clearly realized that I don’t have the skills for finished carpentry and I don’t have all the tools and space required. I also realized that the 2 x 4s that I hand picked are bowed, crooked, kinked, cuped and twisted – yes, all of them.

So I decided to use 1/4 inch Standard Hardboard Panel and used finishing washer and screws to attach the panels to the frame. I decided to use 2 ft. x 4 ft. sheets because I couldn’t get a 4 ft. by 8 ft. sheet in the SUV. The added benefit is that I also can take off one panel if I have to access the upper or lower half from the side. (Glass-half-full thoughts…) Here’s what it looks like now:

Here’s what it sort-of looked like (before a lot of changes):

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