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Inverted LACK Table Serves as a Perfect Gear Rack [DIY]

We’ve seen IKEA gear hacked to hold audio and computer gear before, but this mod adds in a simple and effective twist.

LACK end tables are, conveniently, the same width as a standard server rack. This makes it super simple for DIYers to mount their gear right into the legs of the table with no modification necessary. In this case, however, Winston Smith included a clever update to the mod. Rather than leave it like a standard table, he flipped the table upside down for increased stability and a stronger connection between the legs of his improvised audio rack and the table-top-turned-floor-plate. He then finished it with a matching LACK shelf piece to serve as a turn-table stand. His gear is stored cleanly, off the floor, and in a sturdy container all for about $25–a definite bargain when it comes to storage racks.

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LACK Rack & EXPEDIT Desktop [IKEA Hackers]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/3/12

Comments (8)

  1. Leeroy

    Wow Zip drives, like it – retro

  2. r

    it’s nice…but a good gear rack should have spaces between recorders, compressors, parametric eq, limiters, etc….just like for servers, LANs, & . When used regularly things need proper ventilation or they tend to get overheated and stop working. That’s why cheap metal frame racks were invented.

  3. keltari

    @R – rack mounted equipment does not need space in between them. They are designed to be stacked like that.

  4. ches

    There are TWO Lack tables here, the top is a top without legs.


  5. r


    That’s what I just said, but thanks for reiterating –rack mounted equipment does not need space in between them. Primarily because proper racks provide appropriate ventilation.

  6. Dave

    I see some nice axes back there. GREAT idea, looks good and allows plenty of ventilation from the back and sides!!! Personally, I’d put in a 1-RU blank on the bottom to prevent damaging the bottom piece of equipment from the foot, mop or sweeper. Life happens.

  7. Fyrewerx

    I have a similar setup, but added rubber wheels to the bottom for mobility I needed.

  8. sef21

    Hey, pretty crappy equipment.

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