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Show me your cheap rack cabs!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rocks, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Rocks


    Mar 9, 2009
    Willoughby, Ohio
    I'm looking for ideas on how to build a cheap lightweight rack cab so I can rack mount some gear. Does home depot or anywhere carry something suitable for the rack rails?
  2. I use oak for my rails.
  3. doctec


    Mar 22, 2005
    Beaverton, Oregon
    You can build quick/easy/cheap racks out of wood from Home Depot or your local lumber yard.

    Depending on the weight of the equipment you want to mount, the plywood could be anything from 1/4" to 3/4".

    Instead of metal rack rails, you can just use some fir strips. Fasten the equipment to the rack with wood screws/washers.

    I've used this technique to build racks for everything from power amps (heavy) to effects (light).

    Update -- I see StereoPlayer has the same idea and some nice looking diy racks!
  4. Thanks. I've been building 1-2 space racks, easier on the back and great for switching different effects and configurations.

    I used 1x4 pine, glue and an air nailer. Oak for the rails. If I need ventilation, I added 1/2 rack space. Lately, I've added vent/handles. Rubber feet come from Ace.
    The 1x4's came from wood spacers that were used for steel shipments where my day job is.
    After I build the rack, I use a router with a rounding bit on all sq. edges, sand, stain, clearcoat.
  5. John D

    John D Guest

    Dec 27, 2009
    I've only built one, and I used 3/4 x 3/4 pine for the rails. However, if you want something stronger, Lowes sells 3/4 x 3/4 angle in either steel or aluminum.
  6. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
  7. weekend, resurrection bump for some of my fav threads.

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