How to Make a CD Rack from Wood


Tools Required

  • Cordless Drill
  • Power Drill
  • 4mm Bit
  • Phillips Bit
  • 15mm Chisel
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Set Square
  • G Clamps
  • Mitre Saw

Materials Required

  • Wood Glue
  • 8x45mm Chipboard Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Waste material

Today Dene and I build a CD rack using treated pine. The mitre saw is very useful in this project. We use it to square off the ends of the timber and do the cuts required to make the CD rack. By using the hand clamps to lock the pieces of pine together we can mark and cut the timber with the mitre saw to ensure that the pieces fit together. We then chisel out the cuts and tap the pieces together. Then line up the legs, drill and screw together. Gluing is optional.

The tools that he will need to do it are a power drill with a 4mm bit, a cordless drill and screw driver.

15mm chisel, pencil, a tape measure, a set square, some wood glue, couple of clamps, 8 45mm chipboard screws, some sandpaper, some waste material to protect your timber when you’re clamping it. Mitre saw, which is going to be very useful for this job and that’s your material and of course you will need your instructions.

Ok, using the mitre saw square the end of the timber.

measure length

Then set the mitre saw stop at 450mm.

cut 4 lengths

And cut 4 lengths of pine. The flexibility and accuracy of the mitre saw makes the job so much easier.

measure half

Next you square off the remaining rough end and using your tape measure mark the centre…

2 legs

…and cut into 2 equal halves. We use these later for the 2 legs.

clamp ends together

Clamp the 4 450mm lengths together at each end using the hand clamps.

mark guides

Starting at one end measure in 140mm and using your set square and sharp pencil, mark across the 4 pieces of timber. This is for the cut-outs or mitres that lock your frame together.

mark end grain

Mark halfway down the end grain then set the mitre saw for depth of your cut.

cut out

After checking that the mitre saw is true and level, the mitre cuts on the inside of the line.

chisel out

And then using your 15mm chisel knock out the waste.

sand each cut

Gently sand each cut and check that the pieces fit together.

knock together

Using a block to protect the timber, tap the 4 main cross pieces together.

mark leg holes

Once this is done, we line up each of the legs on any 2 sides, mark the holes

pre drill

and pre-drill.

screw wood

And our CD rack will hold up to 88 of your favourite CDs

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