Music Equipment Rack/Laptop Stand/Desktop Organizer

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This Instructable will show you how to turn an old PC case into a music gear rack, laptop stand, and computer desk organizer.
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Step 1: Gather Materials

Note: You will probably realize that this project will only be good for shallow, lighter weight rack gear, and is definitely not a good option for heavy power amps or for transportation, unless you modify my design. This may work for keeping computer recording gear, such as interfaces, pre-amps and such organized and neat looking.

Materials and Tools Needed:

*An old (preferrably non-working) PC or PC case with an interior width of around 17.5" on one side, as this is about how wide a rack-mount device is. You should definitely measure whatever rack gear you will be using to get a good fit.
*Metal cutting tool (Dremel with a metal cutting wheel, Sawzall, grinder with a cutting disc, plasma cutter, etc.)
*Machine bolts, nuts, and washers OR rack mounting screws and hardware
*Drill with bit OR screw bit for Dremel tool
*Permanent marker
*Tape measure
*Gloves (metal is sharp!)
*Saftey glasses (Please!)

*Center Punch
*Hot glue gun or tape

Step 2: Strip the PC of Useless Components

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For my project, I used an old Gateway 2000. Take off all of the side paneling and plastic and unplug all the cables. Take out the drives, the cards, fans, power supply, motherboard, everything that unscrews can come out. This particular system still worked, but with only 333 mhz and 4 gigs of hard drive space, it is pretty much useless. Time to make something fun and useful out of it!

Step 3: Measure

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Figure out how your rack gear is going to fit in the case and mark your measurements with the permanent marker. I decided that my case would work best using the case sideways, and using the front as the top. The parts on the top and bottom of the pc case that fold over are where I put the holes to mount the gear, although I had to trim off part of the flange.
asmith204 years ago
If you drill through the rivets with an HSS bit that's 2-3mm smaller than the outside diameter of the rivet, it'll just drop through the existing hole in a fraction of a second.

Alternatively, hitting the top of the rivet with a bit that's larger than the outside diameter for just a second will also break it off, but you want to stop drilling before you hit the panel/sheet that the rivet previously held to prevent any unsightly differently-sized additional holes.

A Dremel with around a 3mm bit and set to full speed will make light work of any rivet sizes used in the above project or anything similar
Hycro5 years ago
Taking some rubber/plastic tubing and cutting a slit along the length, and slipping it over the sharp edge would work too. Maybe even glue the tubing in place to help keep it there.