Server Rack Pet-Project: Initial Assembling

Today I’ll be covering the first phase of my new pet project: a server rack.

So let’s start with ordering a new rack. Even though most of what I’ll put inside will be second-hand material to save some money, for the rack itself I chose it to be brand new.

I ordered this:

but then got this ?:

It is massive, I’m fuc**d

Let’s do some unboxing…

side panels
base and top cover
back panel and front glass door

And of course, since I’m a newbie I mounted it back to front. The door won’t even close. So, let’s disassemble the top and the bottom and rotate them… Let’s find out how many times I need to disassemble it before getting it right…

What are those nuts?

And more importantly in which direction do I mount them?! Let’s try this way:

Apparently, I’ve been lucky, after mounting them I discovered this nice thread on StackOverflow.

Let’s keep going mounting this L-shaped bracket to keep those 2 rails together:

So this is, I believe, how it should come out:

Proudly just laid my 2 Raspberry Pi in their new home:

Tada ?! Assembled! It “just” took me a couple of hoursโ€ฆ

It feels great now, even though it is pretty much empty and unplugged.
The next post will be about how to move that 26kg empty server rack around the house…