DIY Rack Cabinet 8U for only 20$ with Ikea Lack


New Member
Jan 29, 2011
Here my post describing how to build a Rack cabinet on the cheap.
I've been using it for more than a month. I'm living in an appartement so I couldn't buy a big used rack cabinet that you can find on eBay. So I've searched on the net how to build one on the cheap. I found the description of the the Rack Lack using a small table made by Ikea.
The main issue of the Ikea Lack is the legs, they are empty. Only 1 inch on top and bottom is made of wood. So forget about using screws on the legs. Other builds suggest to use a coffee table for 3/4U Rack like Norco 3116. But I already have this coffee table and it's huge and too long.
So I thought why not just assemble two of them so I have enough space for my rack servers and I can put my printer on top.

Now the requirements :
- 2 sets of Ikea Lack at 9.99$/ea
- 4 screws with flat head length minimum 80mm
- A Drill and a screw driver.

Step 1:
Assemble one Ikea Lack and reverse it.

Step 2:
Take from the second Ikea Lack just the board.
There is 4 drilled holes.
Use the drill with a 7/64 twist drill bit to go through the board.

Step 3:
Now you can use the screwdriver with the 4 flat screws to assemble the two pieces.
Here a photo :

I've had some foam pad so the rack servers don't transmit vibrations.
Rack cabinet empty :

Rack with 3U Norco 3116, Supermicro 1U Atom D510 and Netgear 24 port

Rack from the side :
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Staff member
Dec 21, 2010
Pretty darned awesome IMO. I may go make a few of these for fun.

Anyone ever tried a double-wide lack rack?