Home server/network rack- nerd alert

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Project by nickman posted 01-07-2008 12:12 AM 20651 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

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#1 posted 01-07-2008 12:19 AM

That’s pretty-slick. I have my equipment hidden behind doors in an alcove I built in the basement. I’m a network manager by trade, but I doubt I’ll be putting any wood equipment racks in at work! ;)

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#2 posted 01-07-2008 12:29 AM

That is really cool Nick. Out monitor is having some problems and I would like to replace it with a larger version, but the CPU has to sit next to the monitor in the computer desk. There is no room for nothing bigger. Move the computer and the kids will be into it in no time.

Maybe something like this with airflow built in would help. At least temporarily.

Thanks for showing, and the idea.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 12:30 AM

Good way to hide the electrons.

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#4 posted 01-07-2008 01:08 AM

Nice idea and execution!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-07-2008 01:08 AM

Nice blending of disciplines, Nick!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-07-2008 01:51 AM

Looks great, Nick! Nice Catalyst switch, too! Have you got a VLAN to the kitchen?

-- Living on the square...

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#7 posted 01-07-2008 02:00 AM

Nice setup. My PC is also my server. I’m running Server 2003.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-07-2008 02:03 AM

Damn good idea if I don’t mind saying so myself!
Great job for not only just getting started, great
for a seasoned wood worker too.

You’ve given me some ideas for my own house and networking

-- Still learning everything

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#9 posted 01-07-2008 02:31 AM

What, no blade servers? Nice looking cabinet, hides all the ugly cabling. Good job.

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#10 posted 01-07-2008 07:20 AM

Fancy. You are not alone here.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 01-07-2008 03:22 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments guys!

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#12 posted 01-07-2008 07:09 PM

Yes you are not alone, well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 01-07-2008 07:25 PM

Nerds RULE – Nice job – One of these days I’ll have to upgarde to the rack mount style boxes. I’m still using the old-fashioned upright pc cases.

-- ~Plots -

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#14 posted 01-08-2008 06:01 AM

Nick, Looks good. A great project, I may wind up witha similar concept in my office for my AV equipment.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 01-08-2008 06:20 AM

Looks a lot nicer then the metal boxes you always find servers in.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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