For my home office, I needed a way to organize my cables, equipment and switches efficiently. The way I decided to go was to attach the equipment to my desk. In a first step, I created a rack to be attached below the back side of the desk. It served me well to move my switch and a line of power sockets there. The cables are out of my way and out of my sight. In the following step, I was planning and building a connector panel in the form of a desk-edge rack. See below for details.
Rack under the desk
In this project, I was building a rack to be attached to my desk from below. It is accessible from the backside of the desk and holds a switch as well as a 19" line of power outlets.
Ingredients (listed by their German product names):
- Adam Hall 6162 Rackschiene
needed 2*13 = 26 cm
- To fasten the 19" equipment you need (for 3 RUs with 4 screws each) 12x: * Adam Hall 5666 6Kant Mutter * Adam Hall 5417BLK Pack Rackschraube M6 x 12mm schwarz * Adam Hall 5620 Pack Kunststoffscheibe, U-form, schwarz
I bought the stuff on Thomann. You may get it from Amazon or your local studio equipment store.
Here is my sketch for the wooden structure:
Rack on the edge of the desk
The next project was to build a rack element to make at the back edge of the rack
The rack element for Neutrik XLR D-size parts that I used is Adam Hall U-Rackblende 1 HE Stahl (German product name) and the elements I have in it are:
- Neutrik NAHDMI-W-B (HDMI)
- Neutrik NE8FDP-B (RJ45 / Ethernet)
- Neutrik NAUSB-W-B (USB 2.0 feed through adapter)
- Neutrik NJ3FP6C (6,3 mm Klinke female stereo)
- Neutrik NAUSB3-B (USB 3.0 feed through adapter)
- For the dimensions of 19 inch rack mount equipment, see my other post 19 Inch Rack Cases – General Properties.