Media shelves

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Project by modal posted 12-07-2010 01:17 AM 1555 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

The media shelves shown here were constructed from cheap pine and were designed to be used for CD’s, DVD’s, and viideotapes. The spacing is intentionally too short for most books. The center 3 shelves have plexiglas separators at 8” intervals for added support. Complete plans, literally scribbled down when I made the first set are included. I have made several sets now according to these crude drawings and they look and work well. Start by making a router jig to cut the shelf slots in the risers. Use the spacing shown to set the bottom edge of each slot. Use a table saw to cut the relief for the plywood backpanel and carefully layout, drill, and countersink each shelf drill hole. I have used both #12 wood screws and common deck screws. Next cut each of the shelves to the dimensions and modifications shown. For the two inch center support, clamp all the shelves together in order and add two sacrificial end boards. Next screw router guide strips in the sacrificial ends and route out the 2” slot across all boards. Since the shelves are not identical some caution needs be made not to mess up this step!. Next, set up a jig for the plexiglas guide slots and make the appropriate slots on the 4 shelves in the middle. I cut the plexi on a radial arm saw with big teeth, this is not recommended and could land you on the front page of your local newspaper! Edges of the plexi were then sanded with a hand sander (they could be polished but there is some benefit to the dull finish. Finally, all the shelves were installed and glued, the front 2” strip installed with countersunk screws, the screw heads were then hidden with ordinary wood putty, and the back panel area was measured, cut, and installed but not tacked down. The final step was to mount the footer support shelf, M in the diagram. This panel adds rigidity to the base, provides a smooth surface for carpeting, adds something to the look, and ties the sides together a bit. Next, the back panel and plexi were removed. The whole thing was sanded and filler used to patch the cheap pine, a step some of you could skip :-) and two coats of paint were added once the filler dried. The shelves were then reassembled, put on a cart and towed to my den where they stand majestically as a reminder of how vain I really am and how many tapes and DVD’s my wife has purchased at Walmart! I tagged them with straps to the wall to prevent falling on my grandchildren and from killing old guys like me that tend overload and lean on things..

-- Ed Kimble, Columbia City, Indiana,

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 04:38 PM

It is certainly better than having those items scattered around. The multiply like rabbits! I especially like your plans. I usually work off of little scribbles. Your detail in enviable.

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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