Jennifer, my eldest daughter, travels a lot. Knowing that, I wanted to build something she
could easily transport and use to store her vast CD collection. I've built several CD racks for
my wife & myself, my brother, my other daughter Meagan, and for use around the office and
the design has been one that's evolved. I think I've hit a rather good formula, and am happy
with the stability, the usefulness, and the look.
An early design used sliding dovetails and shelves angled at 10 degrees from the sides. The
backs of those shelves had a sliding dovetail piece that was also angled 10 degrees so to be
parallel to the edge of the sides. An early unit in cherry can be seen pictured here:
The cypress version I build for Jennifer uses stopped dados rather than sliding dovetails and
through tenons with walnut tusks. Building the rack this way, it can be disassembled by simply
removing the 8 tusks. The first picture shows the unit dry-fit prior to adding the tusks to the
through tenons. The second picture shows that the unit is designed so that the CDs just extend
out a little bit -- just enought to pick one out of the rack. The third picture shows the unit from behind.
The rest of the pictures can be seen online, here:
-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/