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How I built my own Server Rack for under 100$


This post is going to be a little different - a different type of technical - not so much electronic, more on the woodworking front. Here, I am going to talk about how I built my own server rack for under a $100.

I will preface that the $100 is the cost of the actual materials - not the tools required to build said server rack.

Here is everything I used for this project:

  • 7x 8ft 2x4 Wood Planks
  • 2x 8ft 1x4 Wood Planks
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill/Impact Driver
  • Pocket Hole Jig
  • Wood Screws
  • Sander
  • Wood Stain
  • Server Rack Rails

To start off, I first cut the 2x4 pieces pieces to the required length (for me - I wanted a ~40U rack) and made the "frame" for the front and back of the rack. I used pocket holes for the joints. The width of the frame has to be exactly 19" - as most server equipment is sized for 19" racks.

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