How to make a wooden CD rack

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How to make a wooden CD rack
CD racks made from wood (cd shelf image by Michal Ciucias from

In an effort to organise your music collection, storage is imperative. If you're limited in space, you can build a wooden CD rack that doubles as a wall decoration. Since CDs come in a protective case, it is easy to create storage shelves or cabinets for them. Base your choice of wood on the kind of finish you want. Oak is a good choice for stain, while poplar is good for painting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 8 pieces of 1-by-6-by-12-inch lumber
  • Framing square
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1/16th-inch drill bit
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Phillips head screw bit
  • Wood glue
  • 1-1/4-inch drywall screws

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  1. 1

    Place seven of the eight pieces of lumber on a worktable. Measure from one end and make marks at 5-5/8 and 6-3/8 inches. Put the framing square on the marks and draw lines across the width of the lumber.

  2. 2

    Drill two pilot holes 1 inch from the edges and in the centre between the lines. Drill countersink holes on top of the pilot holes. Do not drill them deeper than 3/8 inch.

  3. 3

    Run a bead of glue on the edge of one of the pieces of lumber. Secure it to another piece through the pilot holes with drywall screws to create a T shape. Secure the eighth piece of lumber to the last one. You should have four T-shaped shelves.

  4. 4

    Apply glue to the wood on the opposite side of the pilot holes. Secure the four T's to each other through the pilot holes with drywall screws. The T with the leg that has no pilot holes in it is the top of the CD rack.

  5. 5

    Install the rack straight up and down or at an angle. Most picture-hanging kits will do the job.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean up excess glue with a damp cloth.
  • You can also build the CD rack with plywood.
  • Do not paint or stain the CD rack without proper ventilation.

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