How to Build a Wooden CD Rack

CDs have become the industry standard for music and media storage, and storing them in a rack is better than leaving them stacked up. Plus, they can be organized better on shelves. Building a simple 3-foot-wide by 4-foot-tall wood rack to hold your CDs is possible when you follow a few simple steps.

Cutting The Pieces

Step 1

Cut a 3-foot by 4-foot rectangular back piece from a sheet of plywood using the circular saw. 

Step 2

Cut the top and bottom pieces of your rack.  Both pieces should be 6 inches by 3 feet.

Step 3

Cut two side pieces that are 6 inches wide by 3 feet, 10 1/2 inches long. 

Step 4

The shelves are 6 inches by 2-foot, 10 1/2-inches each.  Cut six shelves.

Step 5

Sand the rough edges off all cut pieces.  Apply wood stain or paint and allow to dry.

Assembling the CD Rack

Step 1

Lay the 3-foot top and bottom pieces on edge parallel to each other 4 feet apart, and insert the two side pieces between them, forming a 3-foot by 4-foot rectangular frame.  Drive two screws through each end of the top and bottom into the shorter pieces.

Step 2

Align the back piece over the frame and attach it.  Drive a screw every 3 inches through the back into the frame all the way around.

Step 3

Stand the rack up on a 3-foot side and install the shelves.  Measure up 6 1/5 inches from the bottom inside surface of the rack.

Install a shelf directly above that 6 1/5-inch line by driving two screws through each side of the rack into the shelf.  Next, measure up 6 1/5 inches from the top surface of that shelf and install the next shelf above that 6 1/5-inch line.

Repeat this process and install all six shelves. 

Things You Will Need

  • Two 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of 3/4-inch high-quality smooth-finish wood
  • Circular saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood stain or paint
  • A box of 20 1 1/2-inch wood screws