CD Cabinet - Build Your Own CD Cabinet

Tired of searching through a pile of CDs for the one you want? A CD cabinet will solve your problem. These multi-functional cabinets can also serve as DVD storage without having to buy a separate DVD cabinet.

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A CD cabinet is traditionally a small cabinet to house only your CDs. It is not like a media cabinet that is much larger and can house not only a hi fi and speakers but a TV and DVD player as well.

If a new CD cabinet is not in your budget right now, there are some other creative ways of storing CDs. Fit a drawer with dividers and you have a roll out CD cabinet. Small shelves also work well for storing CDs. But if you want a CD cabinet and are not afraid to get your hands dirty, you can build one yourself.

Materials for building a CD cabinet

Here are the basics for what you will need to get started on your custom CD cabinet. They should serve as guidelines allowing you to add your own preferences and creativity:

  • 4 pieces of scrap wood cut into 4' lengths
  • 5 shelves
  • scrap wood for top and base (larger than the shelves – for stability)
  • wood trim
  • 2 hinges
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • finishing nails
  • wood stain or paint
  • paintbrush
  • knob

Getting started building your 3 shelf CD cabinet (8 easy steps)

Nail the three pieces of wood together (long sides together) at the corners Now work up each side, hammering in at least four or five nails per side

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Attach two shelf pieces of wood to fit the top and bottom of the cabinet. This creates an open box

Measure and mark the position of the shelves (approximately one foot apart). Use your level to make sure the shelves are level. Secure them in place by hammering nails in from the outside into each shelf. For a finished look, add two larger pieces of wood to the bottom as a base and top.

If desired, add wood trim around the top and base to finish the piece.

Use a wood stain or paint on the entire cabinet (be sure to also stain or paint the fourth length of wood, which will be the door).

Once dry, secure the fourth piece of wood to the cabinet with two hinges. Finally, add a knob to the door. You may also want to install a small magnet and metal attaching plate so the door stays shut.


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