Another CD/DVD Shelf Unit

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Project by IowaWoodcrafter posted 06-02-2007 04:42 AM 2444 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, after making my wife upset because I sold the first CD/DVD shelf unit I had to quickly make another one. The first one took me almost a month due to various decisions I made. This second unit took me two weeks.

I learned a very valuable lesson with this particular project, one that is fundamental and led to a mistake I shouldn’t have made. I was trying to rush this project. For the previous unit I used biscuits to attach the shelves to the sides. I started to do the same with this project and had cut the bisuit slots in the shelves and the sides. I then decided to try using sliding dovetails. No problem, I cut the shelves down a bit to remove the biscuit slots and then cut the tails on the shelves and the grooves in the sides.

Where I made the mistake is I didn’t take the time to fit every tail to every groove. I proceeded to assemble with glue and managed to jam a shelve in so tight that I couldn’t remove it. Luckily it was the very bottom shelf. Needless to say the unit is now one shelf shorter than originally planned. As you can tell I could have really used that extra shelf. In the foreground is the old case that held just our CD’s. All of the DVD’s were on another shelf upstairs. This unit holds every CD and DVD we have, but we don’t have any room for any new ones. I guess it’s finally time to clean out the old stuff that we don’t listen or watch any more.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 06-02-2007 04:50 AM

The shelves came out great. Looks like you really needed it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-02-2007 06:27 AM

Wow…did you ever need that!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-02-2007 06:54 AM

Is that the Die Hard trilogy I spy on the bottom shelf near the very end? You could free up some space getting rid of that one!

OK, I kid. I have it too. Cheezy as those movies are, I could still watch one every day and get a kick out of it.

Great looking cabinet, too. I feel your pain on the sliding dovetails. I’ve jammed one or two myself. Nowadays if I’m doing a sliding dovetail more than a few inches long, I’ll taper everything but the front few inches.

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#4 posted 06-02-2007 06:47 PM

very nice…

If you do clean out any music—-burn them onto a computer—-MP3…that way you will still have the music…but free up the space…dont ask me how any of that works…but from my kids I can tell there will be a day when cd shelves will be obselete…I remember when we went from records to cds…i was the last guy buying vinyl…then finally gave in…

the shelving unit looks awesome…nice job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 06-04-2007 02:25 AM

napaman has it right. Burn a couple CDs to the computer every day and before long, you can store all those CDs in the attic/garage/basement. being able to retrieve any song you’ve got from iTunes in a matter of seconds will get you hooked in no time!

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#6 posted 06-04-2007 06:34 AM

Yes, I already have all of my music collection on my computers, my MP3 players and even on MP3 CD’s so I can play them in my car. The problem is that I can’t get the wife to do the same. She doesn’t quite get that you don’t need individual CD’s. She also doesn’t want to take the time to learn how to rip and burn MP3 cd’s, even though her car will play them as well. I gave up trying to teach her after about the 10th time. Heck, I even taught her how to use her MP3 player in her car stereo which has a line in jack.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#7 posted 06-04-2007 11:24 AM

a great shelf – serves the purpose well and looks great!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 06-04-2007 04:19 PM

Great shelf, and smart use of an otherwise unusable space.

-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#9 posted 06-04-2007 05:36 PM

Hi -

Nice shelf unit. How many times have I tried to “rush” something only to wish that I had taken more time. There seems to be a moment in my process where I make a snap decision to “just do this, it won’t really matter or show” then whoops, it does matter and it does show – surprise! However – in your case – no pun intended – it does not show! Nice job.

I will not be getting rid of my CDs, and I hope that we can still get them in the future. I prefer the sound quality of CDs to mp3. (I also prefer the sound quality of CDs to vinyl, but that is another story.) I feel that mp3s have their place, but are primarily for convenience. They have quirks in the way that the compression algorithms change the music that remind me that I am listening to a lesser copy.

-- John

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#10 posted 06-04-2007 06:13 PM

Yep, there’s nothing like putting the glue on before dry fitting and finding out that it is too tight or doesn’t fit at all. The shelf unit looks great, as did the first one. You could always sell this one and build another. The third time is the charm!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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