Diy a/v component rack

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Diy a/v component rack
Making a DIY equipment rack can result in a solid piece of A/V furniture. (home cinema components image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

DIY audio/video component racks, nicknamed "Flexy" racks over the years, are assembled using a collection of solid yet basic components from the hardware store. As with most DIY projects, the choice and quality levels of the materials is completely up to the builder. When completed, the DIY component racks are solid and almost infinitely adjustable, accommodating a wide variety of sizes of A/V equipment.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1-inch threaded steel rods
  • 1-inch medium density fiberboard
  • Drill
  • 1 inch hole saw attachment
  • 1 inch screw nuts
  • 1 1/2 inch rubber washers
  • 1 1/2 inch metal washers
  • Circular saw
  • Paint or stain
  • Level

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the fiberboard shelves in the quantity desired, normally 4-6 sheets, into 22-by-20 inch rectangles using the circular saw.

  2. 2

    Measure 2 inches from the sides of the shelves at the corners. Drill a 1-inch hole in each corner of the shelves, using the drill and 1-inch hole saw.

  3. 3

    Paint or stain the shelves as desired. Allow the shelves to dry overnight, or as directed by the manufacturer.

  4. 4

    Screw a nut, washer and rubber washer at the base of the four sections of threaded rod. The rubber washer will be at the top of the stack at the base of the rods, followed by the metal washer, and supported by the nuts.

  5. 5

    Place the first shelf onto the nut and washer assembly, with the rubber washer in contact with the base of the first shelf.

  6. 6

    Align the shelf using the level, making small adjustments to the nuts to raise and lower the shelf.

  7. 7

    Drop a rubber washer and washer onto the top of the shelf. After the shelf is properly levelled, screw the nuts down the threaded rods to lock the shelf in place. The shelf is now locked in place, between the two sets of washers and nuts.

  8. 8

    Repeat the process for the remaining shelves.

Tips and warnings

  • Slip rubber caps over the base of the threaded rods to protect hardwood or other surfaces prone to scratching.
  • Apply a small amount of household oil to the inside of the nuts to assist in screwing onto the rods.
  • DIY racks can also be made from acrylic, marble, or other such materials.

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