DIY Audio Rack

hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
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 Channel
Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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7.1 Home Theater
Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
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Man Cave
Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
CD: Cambridge Audio
Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
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    2 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
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    2 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
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    __________________________________________________
    2 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • msgmsg Posts: 5,155
    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 ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,632
    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
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,480
    Where’d you get the black paint? >:) Really nice. 33 1/3.
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,137
    I like it!
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,999
    Very nice job. Well done.
    Now where do I place my order?
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
    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 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
    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 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
    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 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • msgmsg Posts: 5,155
    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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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,097
    Well done! It's always cool to complete a project like this and hear people say... You did that yourself?!?! Enjoy! :)
  • FaustinFaustin Posts: 910
    Very nice work. I really like the whole concept of the shelving. Pretty much make it almost any size to fit your needs.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,609
    Very nice job. Looks great. Bet its heavy!
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,516
    Looks great! Love the black adonized rod.
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,593
    Great work! Clean (non-cluttered) setup. Very nice looking room!
  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,442
    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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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,104
    Very nice build!
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,632
    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
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,609
    edited January 2
    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!
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,616
    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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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,609
    edited January 2
    Thanks, but I'm usually on my phone rather than my PC.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,607
    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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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,609
    Bingo! Thanks man!
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,609
    @hochpt21 how much would you say you spent on the parts alone?
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
    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 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 5,183
    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
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,217
    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 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
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