This project brings together two interests - woodworking and computer hardware.
With 2 tower PCs, a 17" LCD monitor, a laptop, 2 printers, a scanner, a cable modem, an 8-port router/switch, a wireless hub, keyboard/mouse and a nightmarish tangle of
cables on my desk, I figured it was time to do something.
I was thinking ahead to getting another computer to dedicate to hosting my web site and I physically didn't have enough space. My department at IBM has a lab with an impressive set of rack servers, so I started investigating racks for my own. After I picked myself off the floor after finding out the prices, I decided I would build my own.
I ordered a simple 19" anodized aluminum rack frame for $79 and built a cabinet around it with oak plywood. To cover up the exposed plywood edges, I put a trim of walnut on - a bit of style couldn't