I finished building my computer rack.
Homemade Computer Rack
Tired of having my computer equipment on the floor, or on top of a cardboard box next to my computer desk, I decided to buy or build a computer rack. I researched prices, and decided I didn’t want to pay that much. So I built my own. The entire frame is made from three 2x4s. I rippedthem down to 1 1/2 inch square. The side frames are a single 2×4 each. I took the 1 1/2 inch square studs, and made a 21 1/2″ by 73″ frame with lap jointed corners. The cross pieces are more of the 1 1/2″ boards cut to 19″ long, and screwed into place with 4″ dry wall screws. The shelves which sit on the cross pieces are 3/4 inch plywood. The scanner shelf slides out using drawer hardware. I mounted caster wheels to the bottom so I can roll the rack in and out of place to access the back, and change wiring. I wired everything through three power strips. One of the strips is my Watt Stopper, and I have the motion sensor mounted on the wall over my monitor. Thus far, I am very happy with my Watt Stopper. If I am away from my computer for more than 15 minutes, it shuts off power to my monitor, scanner, and laser printer. I leave power to my computer, DSL modem, and router so that it wont interupt if I am downloding a large file or running a program that takes a while.