How to Build a Simple DVD Storage Unit

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How to Build a Simple DVD Storage Unit
Build simple, durable storage for your DVDs in just an hour. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Finding a simple way to store a DVD collection can be a challenge. Many DVD storage units sold at big box stores are made of low-grade particle board, which disintegrates if it is exposed to moisture. These units rarely have customisable properties, either. Building your own storage unit from solid wood is a reasonably simple task that takes about an hour and requires a few basic carpentry tools. When the unit is built, you can stain it or paint it any colour you like to match your home's decor.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Square
  • Circular saw or equivalent
  • Drill
  • 3/8-inch countersink drill bit
  • Phillips head screwdriver bit
  • Hammer
  • Sander
  • 8-foot piece 1-by-6, pine or oak
  • 6-foot piece 1-by-6, pine or oak
  • 1 piece 2 feet by 4 feet hardboard, 1/8 inch thick
  • 20 wood screws, 1¼ inch
  • 20 wood plugs, 3/8 inch
  • Wood glue
  • Small craft brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut two 41-inch pieces from the 8-foot one-by-six, and cut one 15-inch piece and four 13½-inch pieces from the 6-foot one-by-six. Make the cuts using the circular saw.

  2. 2

    Measure and place marks on both of the 41-inch pieces of wood at 10 1/4 inches, 20 1/2 inches, and 30 3/4 inches.

  3. 3

    Draw a line across both 41-inch pieces at the marks you just made. Use a square to ensure the lines are perfectly straight.

  4. 4

    Drill two holes, 3/8 inch from the end of both 41-inch boards, 1 1/2 inches from both edges.

  5. 5

    Drill two holes, 3/8 inch above the lines, 1 1/2 inches from both edges in both of the 41-inch boards using the 3/8-inch countersink drill bit.

  6. 6

    Start two screws at the end of one of the 41-inch boards.

  7. 7

    Apply glue to the end of one of the 13 1/2-inch pieces and align under the end with the screws started.

  8. 8

    Tighten the two screws into the 13 1/2-inch board using a drill with a Phillips head screwdriver bit.

  9. 9

    Start screws in the remaining six holes on the 41-inch board.

  10. 10

    Apply glue to the end of the remaining 13 1/2-inch boards and place them under the 41-inch board. Align them to the top side of the lines centred with the screws.

  11. 11

    Tighten all the screws down, using the Philips head screwdriver bit in the drill, and flip the board over.

  12. 12

    Start eight screws in the holes of the second 41-inch board.

  13. 13

    Apply glue to the ends of all 13 1/2-inch boards and place them under the 41-inch board. Align them to the top side of the lines centred with the screws.

  14. 14

    Set the shelf upright.

  15. 15

    Drill two holes, 3/8 inch from both ends of the 15-inch board and 1 1/2 inches from both edges of the board, using the 3/8-inch countersink drill bit.

  16. 16

    Start screws into the four holes in the board.

  17. 17

    Apply glue to the top edges of the shelf unit and align the board to the top of the shelf. Tighten the screws down using a drill with a Phillips head screwdriver bit.

  18. 18

    Place a little glue into all the screw holes by using a small craft brush. Place the wood plugs into the holes and tap them in with the hammer. Allow to dry.

  19. 19

    Sand all the plugs flush with the boards using the sander when dry. Sand the remainder of the shelf unit smooth. Apply whatever finish you desire.

Tips and warnings

  • Many hardware stores will precut wood for you for a very small fee.

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