My old CD rack, which looks just like this one, is getting too small to hold all my cd's. Also, the lower part of the rack was intended to hold VHS tapes, and there is more room than necessary for just cd's. That's inefficient, so I went back to the drawing board and drew this rack. It should hold up to a few hundred cd's, is cheap, can be fitted with weels (in case your mom has to vacume the carpet below it it :)) and is made of wood. What's more to whish for in a cd rack? Hmm, maybe a more attractive design, but I like functional, so I like this rack!
- 1 board of pine of about 30x300cm, 18mm thick
- 1 sheet of plywood of about 100x100cm, 9mm thick
- screws, glue, paint, tools etc
Mine was 30x335cm, because that's standard. I didn't buy it at a home improvement retailer, because they usually sell the types that have ugly "sawtooth" connections in them. I bought from the local wood-supplier, it's more expensive but also more attractive.
Any kind of plywood is usuable, I chose poplar for the looks. I went for a 9mm thickness, because thicker panels don't look nice. The thinner panels give it a more balanced look.
Here's the drawing, click for the wmf version, all sizes are in mm:
The drawing shows the cd rack from the side.
The 500 mm boards are the plywood parts. They will hold the cd's. The toppanel is made of pine and I found that it looks best if made slightly larger than necessary, so I made it stick out a little.(about 3-5cm on both sides)
Here is a drawing of the just one cd shelf. I made it in such a way that when I print it with the bottom line exactly at 150mm, I just had to lay it down on a piece of scrap-board and cut it out. The shape was just right to form a mold for my router with a 6mm bit and a 9mm copy ring:
I have done some work on the new cd rack this weekend. All the shelves have been made, and all the slots have been routed. There are three things left to do: Saw the standing board lengthwize to make them 22,5cm wide, Painting, and glueing the thing together.
Here's an image of what's been done so far:
It's done! I glued all the shelves in place and put the top on, and that's it. I simply couldn't decide what color to make it, so I just left it as is. I discussed it with with the local interior-designer-in-chief and she agreed that this was probably the best color.
Here's old and new together: