DIY Audio Rack

hochpt21
hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
edited December 2019 in DIY, Mods & Tweaks
I am far from an experienced craftsman, but I’ve really wanted to try my hand at one of these flexible racks for quite some time.

I used 3/4” white pine plywood, 3/4” black oxide threaded rod, and spray painted the rest of the hardware black. Ended up using a stain/poly combo. Probably spent about 13 hours all said.

I know there are many experienced folks on here who do amazing work on projects like this, but I’m actually really happy with how it turned out!

Thanks for listening,
Paul

*****Edit...the photo uploader scrambled the order of the photos, but you get the idea.

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2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
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  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
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    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
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    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • msg
    msg Posts: 7,490
    Dag, Paul, that turned out great!
    I've been wanting to build one of these for a while, too.

    Where did you source the hardware and wood? Big box store?

    Where did you use the filler?

    What grade ply is that? Was it just the nicer sheet stuff, or a woodworking grade of some sort? I haven't done any sort of woodwork before, so I don't know where one gets material and what is appropriate to use.
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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,294
    edited December 2019
    The best part of a Flexi style Rack is the you can design and build about any configuration you want/need.

    Nice Work!
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 9,704
    Where’d you get the black paint? >:) Really nice. 33 1/3.
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,622
    I like it!
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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Very nice job. Well done.
    Now where do I place my order?
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
    msg wrote: »
    Dag, Paul, that turned out great!
    I've been wanting to build one of these for a while, too.

    Where did you source the hardware and wood? Big box store?

    Where did you use the filler?

    What grade ply is that? Was it just the nicer sheet stuff, or a woodworking grade of some sort? I haven't done any sort of woodwork before, so I don't know where one gets material and what is appropriate to use.

    The plywood is from Home Depot. I went with the $35 sheet white pine. Looking back maybe opted for the $55 sheet oak.

    The hardware from Amazon was FAR less expensive than HD. The threaded rod I actually found on Amazon as well. I didn’t care for the regular steel finish from HD, so I found this black oxide finish, which is actually like a dark gray/silver. I like the contrast with the black hardware and the stain.

    The filler was for the nail holes that were counter sunk. And I used a little bit for the edge of a couple boards. HD ripped the boards at 19” for me, and he was a little rough with the first cut.

    It was my first time doing most of this kind of stuff.
    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
    dromunds wrote: »
    Where’d you get the black paint? >:) Really nice. 33 1/3.

    I had the can of spray paint, but I don’t remember buying it. Maybe it’s magic after all?

    Thanks, I replaced this with a VPI Scout in the main system, but I could happily live with the Pro-Ject. It was my first “real” turntable.
    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
    The best part of a Flexi style Rack is the you can design and build about any configuration you want/need.

    Nice Work!

    Agree, I wanted something that sat low enough where I could see the table spinning. It was a fun project.

    I may attempt another one for the main system which would be more of a vertical build.
    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • msg
    msg Posts: 7,490
    Nice! Good info. I'm going to try to get one of these underway this Winter. I was thinking about a 3-bay version at one point, for use in the combo space to consolidate 2ch gear and at TV system. Not sure yet. It has to accommodate a 706 center and that speaker not be too high up, which is why I was thinking about the wider build. Need to do some maff.
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  • mdaudioguy
    mdaudioguy Posts: 5,163
    Well done! It's always cool to complete a project like this and hear people say... You did that yourself?!?! Enjoy! :)
  • Faustin
    Faustin Posts: 1,114
    Very nice work. I really like the whole concept of the shelving. Pretty much make it almost any size to fit your needs.
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,398
    Very nice job. Looks great. Bet its heavy!
  • DaveHo
    DaveHo Posts: 3,348
    Looks great! Love the black adonized rod.
  • aprazer402
    aprazer402 Posts: 2,660
    Great work! Clean (non-cluttered) setup. Very nice looking room!
  • xsmi
    xsmi Posts: 1,746
    Thanks for the inspiration. I've go to do something different because my power amp is 78lbs and I don't trust it on my glass shelves.
    2-channel
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  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,505
    Very nice build!
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amp: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: MartinLogan Motion 60XTi - Shop Rig: Yamaha A-S501 Integrated - Shop Spkrs: Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,294
    hochpt21 wrote: »
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    When I had my Cronus powering the SDA's, it was a wonderful match up. I'm positive this setup sounds very good!

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,398
    edited January 2020
    Is it just me or can no one click on the pictures to enlarge them? I used to be able to. Really annoying when trying to get a closer look at this awesome DIY!
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 16,376
    Hover over photo. Right click on mouse, hit "View Image".

    Continuously pressing control, and scroll in and out as desired if you want even further close ups.

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  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,398
    edited January 2020
    Thanks, but I'm usually on my phone rather than my PC.
  • codycatalist
    codycatalist Posts: 2,662
    CH46E wrote: »
    Thanks, but I'm usually on my phone rather than my PC.

    Android? Tap and hold the picture, open in new tab.
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  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,398
    Bingo! Thanks man!
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,398
    @hochpt21 how much would you say you spent on the parts alone?
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
    CH46E wrote: »
    @hochpt21 how much would you say you spent on the parts alone?

    $50 - Threaded rod
    $35 - Hex nuts and washers
    $40 - Wood
    $25 - Trim

    Then sandpaper, braid nails, wood glue.
    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A
  • mrbiron
    mrbiron Posts: 5,707
    hochpt21 wrote: »

    The plywood is from Home Depot. I went with the $35 sheet white pine. Looking back maybe opted for the $55 sheet oak.

    Go with the birch or maple. Oak is such an ugly wood. :s
    Where’s the KABOOM?!?! There’s supposed to be an Earth shattering KABOOM!!!
  • hochpt21
    hochpt21 Posts: 5,406
    hochpt21 wrote: »
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    When I had my Cronus powering the SDA's, it was a wonderful match up. I'm positive this setup sounds very good!

    I’ve only recently moved it down here. It sounds REALLY good. I do think that I’ve lost a decent amount of bass since I had the Parasound powering them however. Not sure if that’s because of the tube amp? Or maybe the bass is just tighter? I’m thinking about picking up a sub.
    2 ChannelTurntable - VPI Classic 2/Ortofon 2M BlueAmplification - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II, Parks Audio Budgie PhonoSpeakers - GoldenEar Triton 17.2 Home TheaterDenon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Klipsch RP-280F's, Klipsch RP-450C, Polk FXi3's, Polk RC60i; Dual SVS PB 2000's; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"Man CaveTurntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado GoldAmplification - Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 DeluxeCD: Cambridge AudioSpeakers - Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary; LSiM 703; SDA 2A