How to Build a DIY CD Rack

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How to Build a DIY CD Rack
Don't leave your CDs lying about the place; build a handy CD rack to hold them all. (cd's image by Dianne Burridge from

CD racks are used to store CDs for quick-and-easy access; you typically see them placed as near the CD player as possible. You'll find many design variations available in CD racks, but basic ones are not hard to construct if you are planning a DIY job. A simple CD rack is a great starter project for a novice woodworker and very simple for those with more experience.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Plywood, 3/4-inch
  • Saw
  • Mitre saw
  • Dowel, 1/2-inch
  • Wood glue
  • Clamp
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Screws, 1 1/2-inch
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint / varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 shelf brackets

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  1. 1

    Cut plywood into two 6-by-6-inch squares and two 5-by-12-inch rectangles. Mitre one 12-inch edge of each rectangle to 45-degrees. Cut your dowel to a 13.5-inch length.

  2. 2

    Mate the mitred edges of the rectangular pieces of plywood to form a right-angled corner. Glue the joint; then clamp and let dry. Make ends flush and the two pieces at right-angles to form the shelf of the CD rack.

  3. 3

    Measure 1-inch in from two adjacent sides on the plywood squares. Place the shelf onto the squares at the 1-inch mark and trace around them so you have the "L" shape of the shelf on the square. Repeat on other square.

  4. 4

    Turn the shelf on its end so one "L" corner is in the air. Position one square over the end, with the tracing on the outside. It should be 1-inch away from the edges on all sides. Glue in place and let dry.

  5. 5

    Drill three evenly spaced pilot screw holes through each side of the "L." Screw the square to the end of the shelf. Repeat with remaining square and shelf end.

  6. 6

    Turn the CD rack so that it is sitting on the two end squares with the 12-inch sides of the shelf horizontal. Measure 2-inches up from the end of the shelf and mark this position on both squares. Drill a 1/4-inch hole at each point.

  7. 7

    Dip the end of the dowel in glue; then insert it into the two drilled holes, ends flush with the outside of the squares; let dry. Fill all the screw holes and the dowel hole with wood putty; let dry.

  8. 8

    Sand the entire rack; then paint or varnish as desired. Attach the rack to the wall using shelf brackets. Alternatively, set the CD rack on top of the CD player.

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