It's time to build a rack/stand for my hifi gear. My priorities are: 1) Looks, 2) strength, 3) size.
This is to hold four Phase Linear rack mount power amps & preamps (about 100 lbs), and two mono-block tube amps (about 80 lbs). I'd like to design something that has a rack mount section as the legs/base and has a top shelf for the mono-blocks. It should be no more than 3" high. The rack mount equip is standard 19".
The number one criteria is good looks! I'm leaning towards aluminum box tubes for the vertical supports with two (top/bottom) veneered shelves. The rack equip would mount between the shelves, directly to the vertical box tubes. Colored tempered glass is an option for the shelves.
The intent is to showcase the mono-blocks, yet have a nice presentation for the Phase Linear gear. Thrown in somewhere would have to be the Paradigm X-30 crossover.
I'd really like to hear some ideas and see what others have done.