Scalable Server Rack


#1

I thought I would post this up as it is my biggest GF project size wise. This rack holds up to 5 nodes.


#2

Here are some other bits of information/ questions I expect to be asked:

No, it should not be a significant fire risk.

Grounding should not be an issue.

This was designed using fusion 360.

The computers are just old ATX motherboards from my previous computer builds. I mean, CPU cycles are CPU cycles and old computers can still be used for a lot of different things!


#3

dude… you rock!


#4

nice! Are the middle sections modular/swappable?


#5

What kind of rails does it accept? :stuck_out_tongue:


#6

Nice job!


#7

Yes, each of the bottom four sections are stackable!


#8

This is totally brilliant. Love it. Favorite part: the gift of good measure, for scale.


#9

Yeah, I like that design a lot!


#10

Very nice! :grinning:


#11

Hot swapable?


#12

For my wife that would count as Porn… If only she loved me as much as her servers :cry:

Nice build man, great idea


#13

Looks like you were able to get your pass through slot to work well? What method did you use to align things?


#14

Like a space heater for example. :wink:


#15

This was actually done without using the pass-through slot.


#16

If only :stuck_out_tongue:

Like I mentioned above, the servers are all built from spare parts.

The servers are mostly just used for things like my discord bot, data analysis, little game servers for friends, testbeds, machine learning training, etc…


#17

Here is the rack with some red mahogany stain and a coat of polyurethane on the top for a little extra resistance to wear.


#18

My niece made a wooden tower for her pc, worked for her :grin:


#19

Here is the finished and set up server rack :slight_smile:


#20

I am really happy with how this has turned out. I think it cost maybe $20 tops including laser time and materials. I can clean it pretty easy, it has great cable management, and it fits in my office space without looking too out of place.

There are a couple of things I would change. The cross braces that are connected with half-lap joints are a little weak. They also sit slightly low, so I had to shave off a little material before it would sit well. If I were to redo it, I would also consider adding casters to the bottom.