Server Rack

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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 01-30-2012 05:44 AM 10491 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my server rack today, I have been working on it for about 2 weeks now off and on. Moving the server equipment to my home made the most sense, but the huge heavy metal rack we had just didn’t really have a place in the house and I was concerned moving that into the house would damage something. So I set out to build a much smaller enclosure to hold my server, build machine, firewall, switch etc..

It’s made out of blondewood plywood from lowes, glued together with an extra strip at the top so the rack mountable stuff (firewall and switch) can be mounted into them. The box itself isn’t anything special, I had a little fun with the feet I made these small tapered feet out of plywood and screwed them on. It lifts the box off the ground and I think dresses it up a little bit.

I painted it with milk paint (I like milk paint it’s easy to clean up) though this time I used my HVLP machine from harbor freight instead of brushing it on. I screwed up a lot at first I didn’t thin the milk paint at all, so I had to open the nozzle up a lot and still wasn’t getting a consistent spray, so I thinned it with some water .. but didn’t close the nozzle back so I ended up spraying a ton and got some runs in the pant that I sanded out after (mostly).

I’m going to have to practice more with using my HVLP machine and milk paint, once I get the hang of it though I’m sure I’ll love it. I do know I want a second canister for my gun. So I can fill the canister with paint, then have a second canister with hot soapy water to clean the gun between coats so I don’t have to dump out the paint and then back in, I lost a lot of paint that way.

Normally I coat the paint with wipe on poly afterwards to give it some extra protection and it makes it look nicer, but being my birthday today I really wanted to finish the project so instead I used clear shellac and got two coats on pretty quickly. I’m not a huge fan of applying shellac (it dries to my gloves fast and such, wipe on poly is much easier) but I love the speed at which it dries.


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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:58 AM

Nice job Jeremy!
Looks great !

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 06:02 PM

Don’t let my wife see this! I need to do something similar…

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