CD Rack

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Project by Gary posted 04-28-2008 02:58 AM 5132 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been building this CD Rack for a coworker for what seems like forever.
This is my own design and is built without formal plans.
It’s solid black cherry and uses stopped dadoes for the shelves and stub
mortise and tenons for the backs. The shelves are tilted back at 5 degrees and
the backs are ripped with a 5 degree bevel so they’re parallel to the back of the sides.
It’s finished with numerous coats of freshly made dewaxed shellac, several coats of BLO and
two topcoats of Original Waterlox.
This project was one of those `What the heck’ projects—I’ve made several various flavors
of this design yet I kept having little problems that I had to go back and tweak.
Guess I’ve been making too many pens and not doing enough flat work lately.
Today, I finished rubbing out the last topcoat and finally got a product I’m pleased with.

All comments and criticisms welcome.

-- Gary, Florida

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 03:31 AM

Functional, Well Designed & Beautiful! All our projects should be so fine. Bravo.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 03:45 AM


This is a good looking cd rack. You designed it well and cherry happens to be my favorite wood.

Well done.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-28-2008 03:50 AM

thats nice and functional. your coworker must love it. cherry is such a beautiful wood too. thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 04-28-2008 04:18 AM

Looks like it will hold about a ton of them. Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-28-2008 04:45 AM

Good looking rack…lots of storage!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 04-28-2008 06:01 AM

gorgeous !!! how many CD’s did you intend it to hold ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 04-28-2008 06:46 AM

Very nice CD rack. You did a great job on it. Need to show this to my daughter. She is needing something like this. What size is it? W X H X D How many CD’s will it hold? Thanks!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 04-28-2008 12:47 PM

A beautiful rack, & I bet it’s full already.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 04-28-2008 06:07 PM

Hi. Thanks y’all.
The shelves are about 30” wide and the unit is about 45” tall and 6” deep.
The rack holds roughly 70 per shelf—490 CDs.
The actual amount held will depend on how much space is taken up by box sets
and old-style double cases as well as how many are burned from downloads and
stored in thin jewel cases.
With a lot of thin cases, it’s possible he could get 100 CDs per shelf or more on it.
No matter how many cases he stores on each shelf, there isn’t nearly enough weight
to cause any sag—that’s for sure.


-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 04-28-2008 08:54 PM

Very nice Gary.

Did you use a jig to make the angled dados for the shelves?

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#11 posted 04-29-2008 02:23 AM

That came out great Gary, excellant work!
the new owner must be pretty pleased, I know I would be!

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#12 posted 05-01-2008 06:07 PM

Really nice job- the choice of wood w / finish is outstanding .

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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