Small hanging DVD rack for son's room

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 02-05-2008 03:45 AM 5128 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing special here, just a small rack I just built for my son’s room to hold some of his DVD’s he watches before he goes to sleep. It’s basically just an MDF box put together with pocket screws with the side trim glued to the carcass and a top panel glued to the top for decoration. The only reason I bothered to post this is to detail some new finishing techniques I tried:

1. Sealing the porous MDF edges – I had seen recommendations for using joint compound to seal the edges and thought I’d give it a try. Effective, but messy and time consuming. Next time I’ll try the 50-50 wood glue and water mixture some have recommended.

2. Priming the MDF – I used spray automotive sandable primer. Some people expressed concern about not soaking-in enough due to the fast dry time, but I didn’t have any problems. It also wet sanded easily and provided a much smoother finish than I was able to get previously with a brushed-on Kilz primer. I’ll probably use this technique again in the future.

3. Finish coat – I tried a cheap rattle can acrylic enamel from Wal-Mart. Cost a whole $1. I was able to get a decent finish, but it took the whole can and a ton of coats. The spray pattern was awful. While I was able to get 4 good coats from the primer with about 5 passes per side, it took at least 9 coats with at least 8-9 passes per side with the cheap ColorPlace enamel. Splurge and spend a couple bucks for a better quality spray paint and you’ll likely have better and quicker results. I’ll likely try this again with a better quality paint.

Oh, if you want to build a similar case that holds about 17 DVD’s let me know and I’ll put a link to the Sketchup plans I created along with the supply list.

EDIT: Here’s the link to the Sketchup files and material list:!Ak3MNCPBmYglgT0MmKeyCAkD6xJN

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-05-2008 04:09 AM

This is a nice project and I like the finish.

I built a set of cornhole boards using mdf for my son and finished them with Kilz primer and a Wal-Mart spray finish (basically because I had the primer and the Wal-Mart spray was cheap). I agree with you that the finish is not “furniture quality”. If I were going to do a piece of furniture then your technique (as evidenced by your photos) is the only way to go.

Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 02-05-2008 05:43 AM

Nice CD rack, and am very interested in your design if you wouldn’t mind?
The finishing technique is interesting as well. I’ve never had much luck
getting as good of one on MDF, I’ll try this next time.

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#3 posted 02-05-2008 10:56 AM

Very nice. Looks good mounted on the wall.

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Greg Wurst

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#4 posted 02-05-2008 03:20 PM

When I get home from work I’ll copy the design out to my webserver and put the links in a response here. It took only about 30 minutes to get the pieces cut and assembled. Pocket screws make assembly of boxes incredibly easy. You can see the pocket holes on the back, but the holes on the top and bottom of the box are covered by another piece of MDF glued to the top and bottom so you don’t see them. I didn’t even use glue on the box and it’s still very strong. As I stated earlier, the top, bottom cover, and bottom trim are only attached with glue since they aren’t load bearing in any way. I used a keyhole router bit for the wall hangers. If you do the same use an edge guide with your router to make sure your slots are straight.

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#5 posted 02-05-2008 11:47 PM

I added a link to the plans in the main project info.

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#6 posted 02-05-2008 11:55 PM

Looks like it should do the job.

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#7 posted 10-27-2009 01:37 AM

Nice work!

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 04:32 AM

Good design well done

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