LackRack

This is a really neat trick I just read about. LackRack is the ultimate, low-cost, high shininess solution for your modular datacenter-in-the-living-room. Its low-cost and perfect fit are great for mounting up to 8 U of 19″ hardware, such as switches (see below), or perhaps other 19″ gear. Featuring the LACK (side table) from Ikea, the LackRack is an easy-to-implement, exact-fit datacenter building block. Installing hardware in your LackRack is easy! Screw all the screws that fit in the rack mount in the left and right leg. The table legs have just right dimensions for almost 9U of rack space for 19″ hardware.

Earlier some hifi people have built hi-fi stand made out of IKEA Lack side tables, but now the world is ready for 19″ networking equipment racks. Check LackRack home page for more information on how to build your own very cheap 19″ rack system. The page also tells that also Ikea LACK coffee table and Ikea ODDA night table have right dimensions and can be easily converted to cheap 19″ racks.

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Image source: http://wiki.eth-0.nl/index.php/LackRack

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Here is another rack mounting idea:

    Workshop and Workbench Update
    http://blog.rhysgoodwin.com/home-diy/workshop-and-workbench-update/

    My favourite part…What would a workshop be without a server……tool drawer.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A do-it-yourself instrument cart
    http://www.edn.com/design/test-and-measurement/4421703/A-do-it-yourself-instrument-cart

    When I want to use an oscilloscope, signal generator, and other instruments, I must rearrange the “clutter” on my lab table to make space. I’d rather put my instruments on a cart and place them near the table only when I need them. eBay listed several used Tektronix scope carts, but most cost several hundred dollars, and shipping would have cost about the same.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IKEA LED Table Mod Doesn’t LACK Awesome
    http://hackaday.com/2014/02/03/ikea-led-table-mod-doesnt-lack-awesome/

    [Klaas] has turned a LACK Side table into an interactive LED table featuring 144 RGB LEDs.

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why use standard data center racks in your home, when you can house gear in a stylish side table from IKEA?
    http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/08/27/the-home-data-center-mancave-for-the-internet-age/2/

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    19″ racks have no dimensions that are actually 19″. Also 2x4s aren’t 2 inches by four inches. Somehow, a 2×4 server rack works.

    Ultra Simple 2×4 Server Rack
    http://hackaday.io/project/318-ultra-simple-2×4-server-rack

    It doesn’t get any easier or cheaper than this. Build a 4ft tall server rack from 2×4 BigBox hardware lumber.

    This project uses four cheaply available 2×4 boards and assembles them into a 4-foot-tall rack mount frame, suitable for housing generic 19″ rack hardware. Wood is great: it’s abundant, light, and strong. Heck, it even grows on trees!

    Probably the biggest selling point of this setup is that it can be assembled for under $20.

    Define: 19″ Rack
    http://www.server-racks.com/19-rack.html

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Other use for Lack:

    IKEA Table 3D Printer
    http://hackaday.com/2016/12/22/ikea-table-3d-printer/

    In this Instructable, [Wayne Mason-Drust] shares the step by step guide on how to make a cool, good-looking, 3D printer based on the Ikea LACK table. From an Ikea lantern weather station to a fully printed CNC based on an Ikea table, it’s almost safe to say that a 3D printer Ikea hack was overdue.

    The idea to use a Ikea table as a base for a 3D printer first came to [Wayne] as he used this table to support other 3D printer he had working in his business.

    PRINTTABLE the Affordable, Attractive IKEA Lack Table Hack to create a 3D Printer
    http://www.instructables.com/id/PRINTTABLE-the-Affordable-Attractive-IKEA-Lack-Tab/

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