How to Build a Wooden CD Storage Rack

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This attractive looking solid cherry CD-DVD Rack will hold 30 CDs and 42 DVDs. The wooden cd storage rack is portable, and can be conveniently placed on a cabinet or a shelf for easy access. The labels can be easily read and the disks can also be easily removed and stored. If you need more disk space, an additional row of shelving can be added simply by changing the width dimensions and following the the technical information for the additional type of disk storage desired.

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Technical Information for Building a Building a Wooden CD Storage Rack

A. Materials List:

1 A Top 3/4" x 6 5/16" x 24 3/8" Cherry
1 B Bottom 3/4" x 5 13/16" x 21 3/8" Cherry
2 C Sides 3/4" x 5 13/16" x 19 5/16" Cherry
2 D Dividers 5/8" x 5 13/16" x 18 9/16" Cherry
1 E Front Border 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 24 3/8" Cherry
2 F Side Borders 3/4" x 1 1/4" x 6 5/16" Cherry
29 G CD Shelves 1/8" x 5 1/8" x 5 11/16" Plexiglas
40 H DVD Shelves 1/8" x 7 7/8" x 5 11/16" Plexiglas
1 I Back 1/8" x 22 1/8" x 18 9/16" Hardboard


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B. Cutting Procedures:

  1. All 3/4" stock can be cut from one 3/4" x 7 1/2" x 72" board. All 5/8" stock can be cut from 3/4" x 6" x 40" board
  2. Joint one edge of the 72" board and cut pieces A, B, C, E, & F to size using a radial arm saw and a table saw.
  3. Place the 40" board in the planer and plane to 5/8" thick. Joint one edge of the board and cut dividers (D) to size using a radial arm saw and a table saw.
  4. Joint each piece that is ripped with the table saw, in order to remove any saw marks.
  5. Use a table saw with a dado blade to cut a 1/8" x 3/8" rabbet joint in the rear/inside edge of each side (C).
  6. Install a 1/8"dado blade on a radial arm saw to cut blind dadoes in the sides (C) and dividers (D) for the DVD shelves (G) to 1/8" depth. Start with the bottom shelves and space the cuts 3/4" apart. This can be done accurately by clamping a spacer block to the saw table with a hand screw clamp each time a cut is made. The distance from the inside of the dado blade to the spacer block, for each cut must be measured precisely. For the blind dado cuts, mark the length of cut on the stock. Then place the stock against the fence and fasten a stop clamp to the radial arm to limit the length of cut. Each cut should be 5 5/8" in length. Twenty cuts should be made in the inside of each side (C), and the outside of each divider (D).
  7. Repeat the same process as stated in step #5 to cut the blind dado joints for the CD shelves (G). The only change is that the dado cuts should be spaced 1/2" apart. Twenty nine dado joints should be cut in the inside of each divider (D).
  8. Cut the bottom (B) to proper size.
  9. Use a power miter saw to make 45 degree cuts on both ends of the front border (E) and the one end of each side border (F). NOTE: These cuts should be made after step #4 of the assembly procedure.
  10. Use a portable hand router and a 1/2" Roman -Ogee Bit to route the front and side edges of the top (A). Also route the top edges of the front border (E) and the side borders (F).
  11. Use a table saw to cut the back (I) to proper size from 1/8" hardboard.
  12. Use a table saw to cut the CD shelves (G) and the DVD shelves (H) to proper size from 1/8" clear Plexiglas.
  13. Use a band saw to cut a 1/8" x 1/4" notch in the front corners of each CD Shelf (G), and each DVD shelf (H).
  14. NOTE: In order to get a precise fit, steps #11-13 should be completed after the assembly procedures have been completed.

C. Wooden CD Storage Rack Sanding Procedures:

  1. Rough sand all parts with an orbital sander and 80 grit sandpaper.
  2. Intermediate sand all parts with an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper.
  3. Rough and intermediate, sanding should be completed before assembly procedure.
  4. Finish sand all parts with an orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper after the assembly procedure.
  5. Hand sand all edges, details, with 220 grit sandpaper just prior to the finish procedure.
  6. Be sure to sand the edges of the Plexiglas shelves.

D. Assembly Procedures

  1. Place bottom (B) in a bench clamp and apply wood glue on the exposed end. Place the bottom of side (C) flush with the bottom (B) and use a nail gun with 1 1/2" nails to secure the assembly.
  2. Remove from the clamp and place the side (C) on the bench. Cut a board 213/8" long to use as a spacer. Place glue one the exposed end of the bottom (B) and place the other side on top of it, flush with the bottom. Place the temporary spacer board between the sides at the opposite end, and secure the side to the bottom with nails.
  3. Place the bottom on the bench and remove the spacer. Cut two 7 5/8" spacer boards and one 4 7/8" long. Position the longer spacers adjacent to the sides and place the dividers (D) in position with the short pacer board between them.
  4. Apply wood glue on the ends of the two sides (C) and both ends of the two dividers (D). Next place the top (A) in place, leaving 3/4" over hang on both sides. Nail the top to the sides. Place the two 7 5/8" spacers and the 4 7/8" spacer in place beneath the top, and nail the top to the dividers.
  5. Plane a 6" x 20" spacer board to 1/2". Place the assembly on top of the spacer board. Apply glue on the front and side borders (E) and (F) respectively, and nail them around the bottom of the assembly with the top of the borders flush with the top of the bottom board (B). Remove the spacer board.
  6. Insert the CD & DVD shelves (G) and (H) into their respective slots from the rear of the assembly.
  7. Nail the back (I) in place with 1/4" nails.
  8. NOTE: Assembly steps #6 & 7 should be completed after the Finish Procedures are complete and the project is dry.

E. Finish Procedures

  1. Use plastic wood dough to fill all holes, cracks and imperfections.
  2. Hand sand all edges with 220 grit sandpaper.
  3. If stain is desired, apply with a brush and allow to dry penetrate for 5-10 minutes, then remove with a clean rag.
  4. Allow stain to dry 6 hours and then repeat with a second coat.
  5. Apply a clear finish coat such as Varathane, Polyurethane, etc. using a pure-bristle brush. Allow to dry 12 hours.
  6. Lightly hand sand finish with 220 grit sandpaper.
  7. Apply second coat of clear finish.
  8. If additional coats are desired, be sure to allow the finish to dry properly, then lightly hand sand with 220 grit sandpaper between coats.
  9. Allow final coat to dry 24 hours before using your wooden cd storage rack.
  10. If stain is not desired, continue with steps #5-9 after step #2.
NOTE: Be sure to use a tack rag to remove all dust after each sanding procedure.

Congratulations, your wooden cd storage rack is finished and ready to use.

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