How to Make Your Own CD Storage

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How to Make Your Own CD Storage
Finding good storage space for a lot of CD cases can be difficult to do (cd's image by Dianne Burridge from

Even in an age where digital music rules the private listening scene, most people still retain a CD collection while some continue to prefer hard formats for digital music. To keep track of your CD collection while keeping all of your discs accessible requires a visible, yet convenient, method of CD storage. Create your own slotted wooden shelf specially designed to store standard CD jewel cases in a place where they'll be secure, readable and easy to grab.  

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Things you need

  • 2-inch thick board, 2 feet square
  • Pencil
  • Oscillating power cutter with fine router attachment
  • Power drill with 1/8th-inch bit
  • 4-inch screws
  • CDs

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  1. 1

    Outline the shape of the slat holes in pencil. Each slat should measure 1/2 inch high by 5 5/8 inches wide in order to store a standard jewel case securely while leaving enough room to comfortably insert and remove each case. Space each slat at least a quarter inch from the others and fill the board with outlines of this shape. Leave an inch margin on each of the four sides of the board. 

  2. 2

    Carve out the slats using the router attachment. Set the oscillating power cutter to a low setting (between 3 and 5) and insert the spinning tip into the middle of each slat shape before slowly, but steadily, moving the router around the edges of the outline. Cut the slat 1 1/2 inches deep (you may have to cut in two rounds to achieve this, depending on the length of your router attachment).

  3. 3

    Cut hanging holes in the top right and left corners of the board using the power drill. Space the holes at least 3/4 of an inch in from the ends of the wood.

  4. 4

    Sand the wood by hand using sandpaper. Sand inside the slats by folding the paper in half and inserting the folded edge into the slat.

  5. 5

    Hang the CD shelf on a wall by driving long screws through the hanging holes.

  6. 6

    Store CDs in the shelf by turning the jewel cases on their sides to insert them into the slats. Position the cases with their spines out so that you can read them.

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