How to Make CD Racks

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How to Make CD Racks
Get your CDs in order with a homemade CD rack. (cd image by Thierry Hoarau from

Making your own CD racks is not a difficult task and is actually a good project for novice woodworkers to undertake for an easy introduction to mitring and drilling. Homemade CD racks can be customised with paint, varnish or even découpage if you're feeling extra creative. The materials for a simple homemade CD rack can be found at any lumber or home improvement store; they may even cut your wood to size if you take the measurements with you.

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Things you need

  • ¾ inch plywood
  • ½ inch dowel
  • Saw/mitre saw
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Ruler
  • Spackling paste
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut the plywood into two squares measuring 7-by-7 inches and two rectangles measuring 6-by-15 inches. Cut the dowel into a 16.5-inch length. Set the mitre saw to cut at a 45-degree angle, and mitre one 15-inch edge of both rectangular pieces of plywood.

  2. 2

    Join the mitred edges of the plywood pieces so that they form a right angle. Glue along the mitred joint, then clamp in place and let dry to complete the shelf of the CD rack.

  3. 3

    Unclamp the shelf, and turn it on an end so the "L" of the shelf is visible. Position a plywood square over the end of the shelf; there should be an inch excess on either side of the "L" of the shelf. Clamp in position, then drill three pilot holes through the square into each side of the "L." Screw in place through the pilot holes, and unclamp. Turn the shelf over, and repeat on the other end with the remaining square.

  4. 4

    Turn the rack so that it is sitting on the squares and the shelf is horizontal. Measure up from the end of the shelf 2 inches, and mark this point on the squares at both ends of the shelf. Drill a ½-inch hole at these points.

  5. 5

    Coat each end of the dowel in wood glue, and insert the dowel into the drilled holes, ends flush with the outside of the squares. Let dry. Fill all screw holes and the dowel holes with spackling paste, and let dry. Sand the CD rack before painting or otherwise decorating it.

Tips and warnings

  • You can attach the CD rack to a wall with brackets or sit it on top of a shelf or CD player.

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