Cinder block stereo rack project

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Arumatik49
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Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by Arumatik49 » 13 Oct 2017 20:07

  • Depressed with my old stereo rack. A no effort put-together shelf kit
  • Needed something to brighten up and add contrast to my equipment
  • Wanted it to blend with my "man-cave basement ambiance"
  • Had to be more open and accessible from behind the rack to access equipment
https://i.imgur.com/LDx1nuc.jpg
Old stereo cabinet. Depressing.

https://i.imgur.com/Qhfxr4e.jpg
My new cinder block stereo rack. Made this from (12) 4x8x16 hollow cinder blocks and (3) 8x16 paver blocks. Total cost with 3/4" bullnose laminate 4' shelving was $50 from local hardware store (Menards).

https://i.imgur.com/HJsT6ce.jpg
I cut one of the shelves to make a larger opening for vinyl records to fit.

https://i.imgur.com/jDNIHs8.jpg
The top shelf doesn't have any weight from the cinder blocks, so I put some thin, rubber-backed, carpeting on top of the cinder blocks before setting the final shelf on top.

https://i.imgur.com/ZRGHZAK.jpg
The shelving rack is 37" tall. 48" wide. Just shy of 16" deep.

The basement is nice and dry (dehumidifier 24/7). No static or dust issues when playing vinyl. Strangest thing that happened after building the rack is that the music sounded much better. I can sum it up in one word: Imaging. Not just with vinyl, but equally with CD music as well. It's as if the old rack was resonating or something to create a lot of false images. I'm sure the hardboard backing in that old shelf had something to do with it.

Anyway, the musical instruments and vocals just float in an almost eerie realistic way. Someone might say: The way stereo is supposed to truly work! It all puts a smile on my face every time I head down to play music.


https://imgur.com/a/9lLx6

Roberto C2H3
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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by Roberto C2H3 » 13 Oct 2017 20:47

Excellent =D>

A DIY that works out is a great feeling indeed 8)

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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by vinyl master » 14 Oct 2017 08:24

Love that, Arumatik49! I'm guessing that it does wonders for reducing vibrations, too! Footfalls? No problem!

Also, do me a favor...It's such a good idea, make sure you post some pics here in my other thread...It might give others another option when looking for storage!

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Thanks for sharing it! 8)

Looks like you had some fun building it, too... :D

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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by Tarzan » 15 Oct 2017 10:38

Brilliant work Sir! =D>

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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by tckmet » 15 Oct 2017 11:08

Great work!! (a basement is probaly the ideal listening room with proper acoustic treatments) no footfalls and other unwanted vibrations.

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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by ammarmariti » 16 Oct 2017 08:43

Is the rack depending on its own weight or are there any fasteners?
I think a good precaution is to drill holes at the four corners through the holes in the cinder blocks and run a long threaded screw through it fastened with nuts. At least if someone has an 'oopsie' from the side the rack won't collapse like a house of cards.

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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by Arumatik49 » 16 Oct 2017 09:50

ammarmariti wrote:Is the rack depending on its own weight or are there any fasteners?
I think a good precaution is to drill holes at the four corners through the holes in the cinder blocks and run a long threaded screw through it fastened with nuts. At least if someone has an 'oopsie' from the side the rack won't collapse like a house of cards.
Good improvement idea.

It's held down by its own weight (about 300 lbs total). No glue or fasteners. My old cabinet probably would have collapsed on its own weight, considering the flimsy construction with cardboard backing. :lol: No children are living here at my address; just the wife and I, and it's located in the basement.

Threaded rod is pretty cheap and would be a good solution to make it even more secure though. Each block has two open slots, so it would be possible to do rather easily.

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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by ammarmariti » 16 Oct 2017 16:16

I love the rack you've made, I wanted to make one for a while but I already have the current rack. It's glass on metal frame so I think it rings and vibrates with the speakers. Haven't heard anything adverse though so I guess it's still ok.

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Re: Cinder block stereo rack project

Post by Gelid » 16 Oct 2017 21:22

Nice job!

It looks fantastic just the way it is, but for those who are a bit more "crafty", you can always paint the blocks to match a room decor.

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