You did say "Professional looking" and this would certainly fit the bill. http://www.protocase.com/products/index.php?e=RackmountGoogling "rackmount project box" turns up additional results.If you want to do it yourself then you want a "sheet metal nibbler". A manual nibbler will run ~$10 or pneumatic ~$40. Beyond that you would need to move to a milling machine or plasma cutter process. If your total case is light enough you might be able to replace the metal front with an plastic front (ABS or acrylic, etc.) which Pololu.com could cut for you.Out of curiosity, what are you monitoring? Temperatures or power strips?
I am mainly looking at Monitoring Temperature, Humidity but would like to get into Water Leak Detection as well
Quote from: iisfaq on Aug 15, 2012, 02:41 amI am mainly looking at Monitoring Temperature, Humidity but would like to get into Water Leak Detection as wellAre you aware that you can get USB dongles off the shelf that just plug into a handy USB port to do that sort of thing? It seems a bit over the top to add a DIY microcontroller and take up a slot in the rack just for that.
I guess we should not do anything then since everything has already been created!
I use 19" racks in a TV station - all you should really need is a blank panel and then modify it yourself. A little work with drills and a file and you can make anything you want. Have a friend with a small milling machine? learn some new skills there also. Or go to Lowes or Home Depot and get a 1-1/2 x 1/8 aluminum (aluminium outside the USA...) and make it all from scratch.Do you know how to use a CAD program? you can design and print a template at 100% and use it to transfer your cutouts and holes. (DraftSight is a freeby that works like AutoCad) Some cad skills might be appreaciated as it would allow you to make some nice documentation of things around the data center.
I don't think I'd want a USB solution.