Picture of Flexy Rack (with MDF staining tips)
I was looking into buying a rack for a new audio system I'm putting together for my home office, but the cost of 'audiophile' racks made me choke. I was looking for a nice looking, decent rack without breaking the bank, and decided to build one. My total cost to build was probably about $250. If you don't go the spendy route I took buying stainless steel hardware, you can probably make one for about $75-100.

I had to buy more MDF than I needed, because my lumberyard only stocks 4' x 8' sheets, so I actually have extra material. Also, the great people at the fastening supply store I bought the hardware at gave me 6' all-thread rods instead of 3', which means I can build a second equally sized rack for the same amount of money.

You have probably seen Flexy Racks all around the web. My inspiration was a dual rack found at http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/flexye.html. Full credit to the folks at TNT Audio for the great idea.

I decided to post clear instructions for a dual rack with measurements, since it's mostly a guessing game, and I love clear instructions.

Disclaimer: I make no warranties, express or implied, about the process laid out here. Always use safety equipment, don't hurt yourself, etc. Most of all, have fun with your cool new rack. :)

wsgspeed (author) 4 years ago
OP here, if you have any comments or questions, I'd be happy to respond.
jts3k1 year ago
I built a variation on this using unfinished pine boards.
Balaszi3 years ago
Awesome post, I am definitely going to be making something similar for my amp and turntable. Thanks!
kyle.marsh4 years ago
Beautiful result and very clean 'ible. Thanks for sharing. I actually found myself thinking about how to make the shelves adjustable so you could resize each section depending on what you decide to put in in. Might be a fun version 2!
wsgspeed (author)  kyle.marsh4 years ago
You mean the shelf size being adjustable?
The shelf height, not the shelf footprint; basically make it so the shelves can slide up and down on the poles and then tighten down when the get to where you want them. (it may already work that way and I just missed it when I skimmed the instructable...).

Anyway, great project.
wsgspeed (author)  kyle.marsh4 years ago
The shelf height is infinitely adjustable, I just put in the measurements that I used to fit all the LPs that I have.

The all-thread rod allows complete adjustment - if you see the mock-up picture and then the completed component, the heights are different.

Thanks for the compliments!
Oh! I read 3' all-thread rods and saw 3"! After that I just assumed you were slotting the rods into pipes that you had cut to pre-determined lengths. Shows what I get for skimming.
aeray4 years ago
I'd never thought about staining MDF before. I'll have to experiment a bit.
wsgspeed (author)  aeray4 years ago
I found it to be pretty easy. You don't wipe off the gel stain, you just let it set for a while, and it comes out with the faux wood grain finish I got. You could experiment with different types of brushes or with maybe a graining tool.
aeray wsgspeed4 years ago
I've painted miles of MDF, and stained several fiberglass doors, faux-woodgrained many stage props, and I'm currently duplicating 100 year old faux-woodgrain finish in a historic home for a client, but for some reason it never occurred to me to stain MDF. Right now, duplicating the historic finish, natural sea sponges are working quite well, as they are much more subtle than the graining tool.
wsgspeed (author)  aeray4 years ago
Yeah, I considered using a sea sponge, but once I tried the chip brush method I discarded that idea. The important part is using gel stain. It sticks and stands up well, instead of laying down. Maybe a more detailed instructable on the MDF staining process is in the works. :)
kyle.marsh4 years ago
Ooh, good tip about drilling. I always wondered how to avoid splintering and breaking in chipboard and MDF.
rimar20004 years ago
Good work, well detailed.
wsgspeed (author)  rimar20004 years ago
Debo decir muchas gracias, en vez de thanks! Saludos desde Puerto Rico.