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Designing and building a new equipment rack
#418399 04/04/16 06:47 PM
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I had built a small floating glass shelf equipment stand for the upstairs based on one that I bought second hand from a high end equipment store that was moving location and clearing stock.

The stand I bought I was sort of disappointed with the design as I understood why they built it the way they did as it helped reduce the cost, but made it rather flimsy. So I built the new one with a bit more sturdy bracing but still with thin enough pieces of wood to make it look more delicate. (see post #415214 in got wood)

Now I am building a much large unit for the equipment downstairs. As this rack will be 5' tall (vs 3' for the upstairs) and have 6 shelves on it (vs 3 for the upstairs) and some rather heavy 45-60lb amps

I am wondering if you would suggest building it a bit more chunky/thicker wood beams so as to be more rigid?

The unit upstairs still does have a bit of lateral twist if you apply some force to it. (far better than the original it was designed around). If you had a choice between a rack that was more rock solid vs one that was more lighter looking/aesthetically pleasing. what would you choose?

Last edited by oakvillematt; 04/04/16 06:55 PM.

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Re: Designing and building a new equipment rack
MatManhasgone #418408 04/05/16 02:49 AM
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Go for the durable the last thing you want is flimsy especially for your equipment, you could probably angle the pieces to not be so bulky in your face.

But with a couple of 50lb amps the last thing you need is damage from flimsy. Or a smaller looking rack plus it may give you more of a focal point for entertaining.

Cheers Brendan


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