Nice job...looks good....
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Glad to see someone else having a go at a home brewed rack.
I did mine out of cost shock.... Lol.
Think $275 all in for mine but I do wish I had gone for thicker legs like yours.
However the threaded rods in mine means the shelves are quickly leveled and changed in height for equipment changes.
Not that I ever change my gear much😂
ericsch, its 1.5" butcher block so I used a 2" nipple. Drilled a hole using 1 1/16" bit which lets the 3/4" pipe fit very snug inside the hole, in fact you have to tap it through with a hammer. So the nipple stuck out either side of the shelf which allowed me thread the 3/4" bushing onto the top and bottom of the shelf. When you screwed the bushings onto the nipple and tightened it created a really solid supports. Here is a photo of what I am talking about https://imgur.com/9J1lyGJ and after the next bushing was added https://imgur.com/18MclnT
Way back when, I made a similar rack, but with less of a good result as you. No doubt, these are heavy, but permanent pieces. I strongly prefer the look of the pipe with a good finish like what you used, in place of threaded rod, which looks like, yah, threaded rod. The way that you used the pipes looks professional and neat. Changing shelf height would not be that difficult to do either. I bet that you had to sand smooth the bottom stantions though.
I mentioned Stillpoints earlier ...to your question regarding (feet, cones, isolation, etc.....)
I assume you have access to a drill press based upon this build? The most inexpensive/superior way to decouple your new "rack", will be with springs.
Take a look at my systems page. The amp rack support shows you how this can be achieved. You can modify it in several ways but the basic principle is simple. If you have a drill press with repeatable stops, you have all you need to achieve this. The look, will be very similar to what you have now. The sound will be much better than you have now.
If this intrigues you, I'd be glad to help you go forward.
Nice job!!! It really looks great and at the same time is probably highly functional.I built a rack years ago from copper pipes that I soldered together. I filled them with quartz sand to absorb vibrations. Without the sand the pipes were ringing when you pinged it. With the sand it was almost silent. May help for the iron pipes as well to further improve sonic quality.Did you lacquer/paint the iron pipes or did you get them in black color?
Thanks everyone for the compliments. I bought the butcher block at Home Depot. 3 - 25x50" pieces and I believe they were Birch. I am sure Maple would be even harder and heavier and even more expensive. I have $330 in just the butcher black. I used the Watco dark danish oil finish. @hm9001 after I cleaned the pipe with mineral spirits to get all the oily coating off the iron I used a hammered finish spray paint, and I am sure if you wanted to fill them with sand you could but with the BB tops and iron pipe its already about 70 lbs. @guy-incognito LOL, yes those threaded coupling thingies
I built the same with the difference being for the wood I used precut stair treads cut from oak ( Home Depot $35 each). Then placed granite pieces I got for free as scrap from a countertop company on top of the wood. Looks good and adds great isolation to the components. Also built an identical rack for albums just omitted the granite.
Great work! Looks awesome. I did something similar years ago with maple from perfectplank.com and brass hardware from McMaster-Carr. All the parts etc. are in a post on my system thread, if you're looking for ideas. For me, being able to adjust the shelf height easily as gear changes and the deeper top shelf to accommodate a large turntable were key considerations.
I'm not handy, they're not too tough to make. Cheers,