How to make a wooden CD rack

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

Things You'll 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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Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.