I have an audio mixer that I wanted mounted on the side of a cabinet. They don’t make mounting brackets for it so I figured I would make my own! This quick tutorial will show you my thought process on how to accomplish a custom equipment mounting bracket with a nice finish. There are numerous ways to do this, however I like the idea of using the factory enclosure screw locations as a means for mounting equipment because it seems more elegant and less destructive than drilling new holes or using adhesive tapes. I caution anyone attempting to modify electronic equipment that they do so at their own risk and it could void the manufacturer warranty. Scroll down for step by step photos and notes.
Do you have a piece of equipment that you would like mounted somewhere but there isn’t a bracket made for it?
Find the factory enclosure screws on the equipment. Remove the screws and identify the size and thread.
These screws are about 5/8″ from the mounting surface to the center line of the screw.
Get some corner braces that match up close to the equipment enclosure screws. You can always drill holes in some larger corner braces if there isn’t a standard size that is close enough to work. Use screws of the same size and thread type but get some that are a little longer than the factory enclosure screws. When you go to the hardware store take a scale ruler to find a bracket that will match closely to the mounting surface to screw center line measurement. Bring one of the original screws as well so you can verify thread type and size.
This bracket will work. Notice the hole is at about 1/2″ from the surface to center. It should be 5/8″ if it were perfect. The 1/8″ gap is not a big deal as the bracket will bend a little when screwing it down to the surface. Depending on the strength of bracket and size you may want to put steel or rubber washers under the bracket to fill the gap.
Line up the original enclosure screw with your corner brace and new screws, mark
the new screw so that it does not reach further into the enclosure than the original screw.
This screw is about 1/4″ too long and needs to be trimmed. The idea is that you don’t want your new screw so long as to potentially short out any electronics or damage any of the internal components inside the equipment.
I’ve trimmed these screws with a pair of bolt cutters. It takes a bit of practice. You may want to use a file to clean up the threads after cutting. A Dremel tool with a cut off wheel would also be a great tool for this job.
Now the screw is cut, it won’t protrude further into the enclosure and potentially cause damage to the equipment or an unsafe electrical situation.
Install all of the brackets with the new screws.
Here is what the mixer looks like with all of the brackets installed.
Mount your equipment where you like. Notice the slight gap under the bracket. Most of the 1/8″ gap has been taken out by the slight bending of the bracket. The gap may be greater than 1/8″ in some cases. You can always get larger brackets with room to drill your own holes into to makeup any surface to screw center line distance.
Here is the finished product. This is a very simple idea but shows how a little creativity and planning can result in a nice looking solution.