CD Storage for 450 CDs

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  1. JohnRyan

    JohnRyan Stunt Coordinator

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    I have 400-500 CDs that are scattered hither and yonder throughout various shelfs, towers, and stacks around the house. I'm ready to buy just one shelf to house all of my CDs. I don't want individual slots. I just want a basic bookshelf type set up except only deep enough to hold CDs.

    I've looked online and I'm not really interested in spending $200 for a shelf. Has anyone built a shelf? Does anyone have any pics of their CD storage? I'm just trying to get some ideas as to what's out there.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Leo Kerr

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    My quick-and-dirty has just been some 1"x6" pine shelving on some very simple brackets from Home Depot. (They're metal plates with the ends tabbed in; one goes flush to the wall, the other to the shelf. They can be configured to either 'push up' on the bottom of the board or 'pull up' on the bottom, depending.

    I've been spacing all of mine to be DVD-height. The one thing I'm thinking of doing is, since they stick out deeper than the discs, is to put a little 'lip' on the back side so the packages don't push through.

    Leo Kerr
     
  3. Dave Milne

    Dave Milne Supporting Actor

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    How about this?

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    It stores about 750 cds on 5 shelves. The shelves are 3/8: tempered glass with bull-nose edges. They are set in grooves routed into the end panels and the back at a slight "nose up" angle to prevent the CDs from rattling out. Non-glass material is solid 3/4 walnut.

    Pretty simple design, really. But it seems to work well. Now, of course, the problem is that I am about out of space. I should have made a few more shelves :b
     
  4. JohnRyan

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    Dave, that is awesome! What did that run you to build ($)?
     
  5. Dave Milne

    Dave Milne Supporting Actor

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    I don't recall precisely. I think the glass was about $60 and the walnut was about $40. To save walnut (at $5.00 per bd.ft. ouch!) the back is not solid. There are five 2" strips with 3/8 grooves routed in to support the glass. You can't really see them... even standing right in front of the rack, but they provide sturdy support for the glass and the entire structure (they are tied into the end panels with tiny but strong black square-drive cabinet screws). The strips are screwed to the wall every 16" (into studs). Mechanical stress analysis indicated that even with 3/8 glass, the distributed load of 150 CDs would bow the shelves unacceptably over a 4' span without the support of these strips along the rear edge.
     
  6. SteveCallas

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    I just built a dvd / cd rack for the same reason, they are too expensive in my opinion for what they are.

    My rack is 6' tall and a little over 2 feet wide. To keep costs low, I used white laminate mdf for the sides, top, and bottom, and pvc pipe for the shelfs, two peices for each shelf (one for the dvd/cd to rest on and one for it to lean back on).

    It has 5 rows for dvds and 2 rows for cds, but if you only wanted it for cds, you could probably fit about 10 rows in there. You could easily fit 400-500 cd's in a rack like this - and probably have room to spare. My total cost was about $25.00 - I know what you might be thinking, but it actually looks really nice and is sturdy. I will take a picture within a day or two and post it.
     
  7. JohnRyan

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    Steve, that would be wonderful. Thanks.
     
  8. SteveCallas

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    Hmm, I don't really have anywhere to upload them to...would someone be willing to let me send them to them so they can post them?
     
  9. Jay Mitchosky

    Jay Mitchosky Producer

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    Similar idea to Dave's but for DVDs in the media room adjacent to my theater...

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    Mine is built into the frame of the wall so it doesn't stick out as much.
     
  10. JohnRyan

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    If anyone else is interested, here is Steve's shelving...
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    Thanks Steve!
     
  11. SteveCallas

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    I know those corners look pretty sloppy - I should have just used more white laminate board.
     

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