How to Build Recording Studio Furniture

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How to Build Recording Studio Furniture
Building your own studio rack can often save you money over buying commercial products. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Some types of recording studio furniture, such as console desks, monitor stands and keyboard racks, are simply not cost-effective to build for most people, and they require a considerable amount of expertise not usually possessed by anyone except a carpenter or engineer. However, racks that house rack-mountable studio equipment won't take too long to build or cost you too much money.

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Things you need

  • 4 pieces wood, 32 inches long by 1 inch thick
  • Screws
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Wood glue (optional)
  • 11-gauge steel rack rails
  • 1/4-inch finish screws (if necessary)
  • Rack screws

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  1. 1

    Purchase 4 pieces of finished wood of your choice. Common choices for audio equipment racks include alder, oak and even plywood if you are on a budget. Have them cut to be 32 inches square by 1 inch thick.

  2. 2

    Build a box that has a top, bottom and two sides. Using an electric screwdriver, fasten three screws on every edge where the boards meet. This will be the frame of the rack. For extra security, you can use wood glue to fasten the edges as well.

  3. 3

    Buy rack rails from a local audio equipment store or order them through an online retailer. Make sure you buy standard rack rails that are made of 11-gauge steel. Though rack rails come in a variety of colours, black is most common.

  4. 4

    Install the rack rails into the sides of the rack to support your equipment with the short screws provided with the rails. If your rack rails did not come with screws, you can use 1/4-inch finish screws. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer during installation, as some rack rails have special instructions.

  5. 5

    Make a quick diagram of your audio equipment to see what configuration uses your rack space best. Some pieces of equipment require only one space, while others require two, three or more. Power conditioners and supplies often require extra space for fans as well.

  6. 6

    Insert the equipment into the rack as shown on your diagram with special rack screws. Make sure you use all of the screw holes for adequate equipment support.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of making a diagram, you can flip your rack on its back once the rails are installed and place the pieces of equipment inside to see how you can best configure your rack.
  • Most large hardware stores have pre-finished wood, which will make your job a lot easier, especially if you don't have a strong building background. You can used unfinished wood and finish it yourself if you know how. The measurements and specifications are the same for both.

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