DIY 'rack' made from dead tree brances ?


Sometimes we come across dead trees or just branches lying around.  I've been considering gathering some of these up and strapping them into a sort of 'rack'  -  more like an equipment 'tree'.  Have any of you heard of doing this ?  It seems like the various sizes of branches involved would make quite good damping of various vibrations and it gives even greater flexibility as far as placement of components and cables compared to a standard shelf rack  -  And if you need an extra space for something new, easy enough to expand this tree  -  and it would cause very minimal acoustical effect in the room, less interactions with loudspeakers, etc.
The branches of the tree could be bound together with glue and strong twine (would look better than cable ties, I think).  To further damp vibrations, one could even put in bungee cords between some of the branches and place components on these.  The branches could be polyethelyne coated or not, whatever floats your boat.  And maybe use a flame thrower to kill molds and parasites before building with them. 
Wanting to hear experiences, if any, or just your thoughts.  Thanks. 

One more thing.  I am new here (not on Audiogon, but on the forum) and am not sure how I will see any replies to this post.  Any pointers on that would be appreciated. 




choppi2003
Seriously? Okay well same answer as anything else you might want to try and use. Whatever characteristic vibration your shelf has, that is the characteristic it will pass on to whatever component sits on it. 

This isn't just brainstorming, this is the result of testing. Which you can do and are strongly encouraged to do yourself. Don't have to build anything either. Just get some of whatever you're thinking of using, cut it up into three or four pieces, and sit your component on it. Might want to start with cheap easy stuff like MDF and different woods- pine, oak, teak, etc. 

Before trying under the component try tapping on it. Tap and listen. Sounds goofy but try it. Then try it under your component. Do this enough, you will find out that it does indeed impart this character into the music. Try soft stuff like sorbothane. Tennis balls. Inner tubes. Whatever. Does not matter. Just try it. After a while you will not even need to try, you will just know based on your experience.

So that's the serious answer. Even though the whole thing still sounds like a joke to me, even without the flame thrower and the mold.
I have used dead pieces of trees to make audio racks and they performed very well.  They were long, straight and milled flat. I found them at Lowes.
Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.
It would take 1-3+ years (depending on thickness) to properly air dry/stabilize the wood for indoor use.

Unless you have access to a commercial drying facility it would be a long term project.

DeKay
A rickety, flexible rack will sound better than a rigid rack. That’s because when low frequency vibration tries to travel up through the rack from the floor the rickety rack will move and flex slightly as the vibration travels up through it, reducing the amplitude of the vibrations. A measure of isolation effectiveness is the ease of motion in a particular direction. A rigid rack allows more efficient transmission of vibration. 
I wish I had the OP's motivation.