Monday, September 03, 2012
Lack Rack & Expedit Desktop
Materials: Expedit Desk/Bookcase, Lack Table x 2, Lack Shelf & Besta Legs.
Description: I needed to increase capacity of the Expedit desk to accommodate my stuff more efficiently & also raise the height of my reference monitors & at the same time build some sort of housing for my existing rack gear to go underneath the desk (previously stacked on top of an old Ikea storage box).
I found this site which made me realise the Lack table is a perfect fit for 19" rack format equipment & a better alternative to the 'Rast Rack' in my case as some of my gear is over 400mm deep & quite heavy.
Total weight of the rack gear is around 25kg so I decided to get 2 Lack tables (Birch effect matches the Expedit), mount everything in an assembled table upside-down for stability & use the top from another table to form a box, on top of which I could then stand a turntable.
I fitted the mounting screws into the 2nd tabletop, drilled a hole in the 'top' of the upside down table legs & fitted the top like that. The rack gear was then fitted using wood-screws.
The LCD monitors are mounted to the back of the Expedit using a double vertical stand with Vesa mounts (I already had this) so I was limited to the maximum height of the lowest screen for the desktop shelf... I found that the Lack shelf (110cm width) not only matched the desk, finish-wise but also gave the correct height in combination with the Besta legs to raise the height of the reference monitors & accommodate the keyboard underneath.
I used the existing holes in the underside-rear of the shelf & drilled an additional two holes at the front corners which I then attached the legs to using the provided fitting 'screw' & some resin glue. I've also fitted an LED strip light to the front-underside of the shelf.
I'm very pleased with the overall finish & look & it was very cheap...£18.59 for the rack (I've retained the spare legs) & just under £25 for the shelf including light.
~ Winston Smith, Leeds