I finished the DIY studio equipment rack I started a few weeks back. This is A Good Thing because now I can put my rack gear in it, wire it up and start recording. And, of course, get on with other projects in the queue.
You may recall I chose pine for the box. This was a good and bad thing. Good because pine is inexpensive and easy to work with. Bad, because pine is difficult to finish. Well, difficult if you want to use a stain or transparent finish to show the grain.
So I waited for a decent day temperature wise, and just primed the thing. The temperature was in the low 50s F. I put my rattle cans in a bucket of warm water to help the paint flow more freely.
After the primer, I hit it with black paint, and then a few coats of clear. I had one bad run and found a couple of dents. Pine is really soft, and on this project, if I even looked at this thing wrong, it dented.
Then I took the rack outside and painted the repaired spots with warmed-up cans.
It came out ok. The main thing is it's functional.
The bottom is one of the bad areas, it was difficult to paint given the size of the rack and the fact that I was working quickly due to the temperature. I shot a couple passes of black on it and flipped it over. It will never be seen again.
So I waxed the cabinet with Butcher's Bowling Alley Wax, which I quite like.
And every time I use it I think of Sir John Gielgud's line to Liza Minelli: "One would have to go to a bowling alley to find a woman of your stature."
I'm going to put 20-space rails in it. Hopefully I won't outgrow it.
You can see I used a square, clamped down to the rack, to align the rails as I screwed them in.
I used #12 x 3/4 inch wood screws to mount the racks. Ten screws on each rail. It seems to be very sturdy - nothing I'll put in here is so heavy that it will pull the rails away from the rack.
Midiverbs...funny, no? Shows you how long I've had some of this stuff.
I still have to make up a lot of cabling to run everything to the patch bay (not in the rack yet) and to the recorder. But getting this far is a milestone.
Would I make a rack again? Hmmm. Hard to say. I just don't like the looks of the inexpensive MDF racks. I only spent about $30 on materials, including paint, and I have about 5 hours of time in this project. But I do have the exact configuration I wanted for my gear.