Building a flexi: Need advice

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  1. Ryan Wright

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    Hello,

    I'm building my first flexi rack. It is 18" x 21" x 60"; it will have 10 shelves and will hold my A/V components. I purchased some nice furniture grade pine plywood (3/4"), cut the shelves to size with a table saw, and sanded them smooth. I also bought some stain & clearcoat.

    Here are my questions:

    1. What size of threaded rod should I use? Others seem to use 5/8" or 3/4". Heaviest items on the rack are my HK525 and an old Teac amplifier. Everything else is reasonably light (DVD player, VCR, DSS, etc).

    2. Where on earth do I buy the threaded rod?! Lowes & Home Depot don't have it. A local store can order 72" rod for me ($10/each for 5/8; $15 for 3/4, and I really only need 60"), but it will take a couple of weeks to get here. Are there any other options?

    3. I'll be ordering a lot of fairly large washers and nuts (80 each). Can I buy these in bulk anywhere? Home Depot/Lowes charge insane prices for this type of stuff. 30 to 50 cents per nut seems horribly expensive to me.

    4. Any advice on staining & applying clearcoat to get a great finish? I've never tried to build a nice looking piece of furniture.

    5. How do I finish the sides of the shelves? The top & bottom are beautiful wood, but the center is plywood. Although it's nice plywood, it's still plywood, and I want to make the sides look as nice as the rest is going to (hopefully) look.

    Thank you!!
     
  2. ChrisCC

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    I made a Flexy CD/DVD rack, so I did not have that much weight to support, but I used 5/8" threaded rod.

    I actually purchased the threaded rod over the internet from www.barnhillbolt.com. Shipping was surprisely reasonable.

    Chris
     
  3. Carl Johnson

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    I got all of my materials from Menards. If you were building a rack for a television I would recommend 3/4 rods but for audio gear 5/8 will be plenty. I'm no expert when it comes to sanding and finishing, for my three racks I took the easy route and bought shelving that was prefinished.
     
  4. Ted Drain

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    McMaster-Carr is definitely the place to shop!

    http://www.mcmaster.com/

    Try searching on 'threaded rod'. Click the first link found. You can then refine the search by clicking on the various attributes. I used 'english', '3/4" #10', 'zinc-plated steel'.

    For nuts, search on 'hex nut'.
    For washers, use 'flat washers'.

    They have an incredible selection, fast delivery, and better prices than anywhere else I could find in my area.

    I cut my rods with a hack saw. Took a little work but it wasn't bad. Be sure to thread a nut on before you cut. Then take the nut off and it will help remove burrs from the threads.
     
  5. Ryan Wright

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    Thanks for the info on where to find the hardware! I'll have no trouble getting ahold of it now. Looks like much better prices than I can get around town, too.

    Also, I answered one of my own questions:

     

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