Homemade CD Racks

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Homemade CD Racks
CD case rack (cd image by Marvin Gerste from Fotolia.com)

CDs and DVDs are synonymous with music, media and computer programs. Most households have dozens upon dozens of them lying around. A simple wooden rack is a nice way to store and organise the discs all in one location. A wooden CD rack is also a good starter woodworking project and utilises a variety of techniques in a simple situation. This set-up can also be modified to accommodate DVD cases with a few simple changes in dimensions.

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Things you need

  • Two 2-by-4-inch boards of equal length
  • 1/2-by-4-inch board
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Damp paper towel

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  1. 1

    Lay out the 2-by-4s side by side so that the width is flat along the table.

  2. 2

    Measure 1/2 inch from one end with the tape measure and place a line perpendicular to the length of the boards across both 2-by-4s. This will be the space for the top CD case.

  3. 3

    Measure down the boards from the line the thickness of the 1/2-by-4. Place another perpendicular line.

  4. 4

    Place an X between the perpendicular lines to mark where you will place a shelf.

  5. 5

    Repeat making sets of perpendicular lines down the length of the 2-by-4s. Stop when you are 3 to 6 inches from the end of the board, depending on how tall you want the CD rack legs.

  1. 1

    Cut 1/4 inch deep troughs on each 2-by-4 where the shelves will go (identified by the Xs) using a table saw. You can use a single saw blade with multiple passes or a dado blade with one pass. Use the guide to make sure the cuts are perpendicular to the length of the board.

  2. 2

    Cut one piece off the end of the 1/2-by-4 that is 8 1/2 inches long using the table saw. This will be the top, cap shelf.

  3. 3

    Cut one piece 5 1/2 inches long for each shelf slot off the end of the 1/2-by-4. These will be the shelves.

  1. 1

    Place a little line of wood glue into each slot on the 2-by-4s.

  2. 2

    Fit all of the 5 1/2-inch long shelves in the slots on one 2-by-4.

  3. 3

    Turn the second 2-by-4 on top of the 2-by-4 with the shelves sticking out. Each shelf should fit into a slot.

  4. 4

    Stand the rack up on its legs.

  5. 5

    Place a little bit of glue on the top of the rack and place the cap shelf on the top.

  6. 6

    Wipe away any visible glue using the damp paper towel.

  7. 7

    Allow the glue 24 hours to set before moving or using the rack.

Tips and warnings

  • You can easily make a DVD rack instead by increasing the slot dimensions to accommodate the larger DVD cases.
  • Using a table saw is very dangerous. Read all safety instructions before attempting to operate the saw. Also read and follow the instructions for safely making dado cuts using your specific saw.

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