I've been racking <g> my brains on this for too long....
I know how to build a cabinet, but I'm not sure how to get the right
mounting metal for the rack mount portion of this rack mount cabinet
that I'm trying to build.
Can anyone recommend a source for the metal rack mount material?
Are you talking about an electronics rack, a.k.a. Relay rack?
If, so, I had the same problem 25 years ago when I was trying to create an
attractive home for a S-100 bus boat anchor of a computer. What I ended up
doing was to find a surplus electronics rack and build a wooden case around
I would try a surplus store in your area or a computer flea market. Some of
these racks have removable mounting rails. That would give you more
flexibility in mounting inside a cabinet.
Woops, I hit "reply" instead of "reply group".
What you are looking for is commonly referred to as "relay rack rail" or
Not cheap stuff!
You might also find it at one of those high-end entertainment systems
dealers or installers.
If you have the time, a good drill press and enjoy using a tap, get some
angle iron and make your own. Use the dimensions found here:
Make sure you get those measurements right. It is a real PITA to try to
install gear in a rack that is built up wrong.
If you know someone down at the phone company or cellular company, they
might be able use put you in touch with some old racks being replaced. I've
been in warehouses full of that stuff. I guess it has to be stored for a
number of years before someone gives the ok to call a recycling truck to
haul it of to the scrap heap. Nothing wrong with most of it. Just the
wrong style/brand whatever. With all the mergers and acquisitions,
sometimes stuff is replaced just to standardize the gear used. For that
matter, check your local scrap metal dealer. He may have a pile of it.
Well, I have about 26 pieces of it sitting down in the basement. It getting
ready to go to the dump. I know that don't do you a helluva lot of good, but
find somebody that works with the stuff, or around it, and they should have
loads of it. BTW, 26 pieces = 13 racks. Some 19" and some older 22". Oh,
and 2 whole cabinets with the dark plexi fronts, monitor and key board
shelves. Kind looks like a little NASA down there. Yours for the taking!
"Cartoons don't have any deep meaning.
They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh."
Do you know anyone who works for the telephone company? Just about all
of their racking EIA standard. Where I work they're just about always
removing racking some for one reason or another and paying someone to
haul it away.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Plenty of responses already, but here's mine. Is this what you're
looking for? 21U for $30. Double the price for 45U. (1U=1.75")
A similar project is on my list of Stuff To Do when I finish the
Bathroom Vanity of Perpetual Construction.
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