Okay I started a thread a month or so ago about the price of materials. At that time I was in the design stages of a DIY audio rack that was a Klone of the Spider Rack ($1600.00 + Dollars) from Finite Elemente`. I ordered the raw oak from Lowes it's 2"x2" (1.5" x 1.5") planed top choice (no knots) 18" long. I cut these down to 12" long they get sanded gently and 00 steel wooled then drilled all the way through the center with a 5/16" hole and finaly they get 3 coats of Minwax high gloss wipe on Polyurethane. The hard part was locating a piece of thick walled Aluminum tubing for "cheap" (or free). Everywhere I looked wanted minimum orders of 5+ feet (hundreds of dollars) and that's where knowing people comes in handy.. Make a phone call to a friend who works for Alcoa.. You can't find a better place to get Aluminum considering that's what they do! So I got a nice piece of 3 1/4" OD x 2 3/8" ID x 18" long Aluminum Tubing. The rest of the parts get ordered from Reid Tool ( www.reidtool.com ) this is where I will get the 80/20 Inc. 1515 Lite Aluminum T-Slot material, all thread and other needed items ( $172.00 worth). The goal was to do this project for under $250.00 total if possible. I am currently under that thanks to the freebie chunk of Aluminum. The Oak from Lowes plus the Irwin 6" x 5/16" Auger plus the Minwax and the 00 Steel Wool came to $113.00. If I had to buy the Aluminum from a small supplier plus pay to have it machined it's doubtful I could could do the project for less than $300 or so dollars (which would still be a bargain for a rack of this caliber. This is hardly the average MDF and Allthread Flexy Rack. Where do I stand? I have to get the Aluminum Tube cut down into 1.5" thick rings and have 3 5/16" holes drilled at 120 degree seperation then they need to be finish bead blasted. The beams need drilled yet and I need to figure out how to get the radius into them where they will sit against the rings. And I need to get my order with Reid placed so I can get the leg material, fastners and allthread here. Here is a picture of my concept render and below it are some progress photo's. More to come! and when I am all done I will try to have a materials list and assembly guide for anyone who wants something more high end than the typical Flexy Rack. Pardon the mess I call my "garage"