I needed a temporary CD rack for six months, and since I didn't want to spend money on something I would throw away, I decided to build it on my own. Luck struck when I found 5-6 undamaged, large cardboard boxes that had contained doors in the back yard. I salvaged them and a couple of days later my CD storage concerns were history, my walled untouched and the trees still hug me back.
This is a weekend project due to glue drying time.
Step 1: What You Need
Materials: large cardboard pieces, glue (I used wood glue), screws, 2 wide, straight strong-ties.
10-12 hours over two days.
Please note that all measurements in this build are metric.
Step 2: Preparations
(I included a pdf and a Google Sketchup model of my build)
2: protect your floor if needed. You're going to work with glue that might get really stuck.
3: cut the cardboard roughly to size.
Step 3: Cut a Template and Copy
2:Then, using the template, cut as many identical cardboard pieces as you can.
If you haven't got enough large cardboard pieces for the entire thickness of the rack, don't worry. We'll get around to that later.
Step 4: Glue It Up!
Switching sides is very important, because the moist of the glue causes the cardboard to bend. If you begin at on side and work your way through, your rack will end up banana-shaped!
1: When you glue, begin by applying your glue onto the cardboard. Then, using a glue spatula (your best friend on this build), spread the glue until it covers all of the cardboard. The CD's will wear and tear the top and bottom of the shelves, so be thorough at these edges.
2: Apply the next cardboard layer and press it
3: turn the rack over and repeat until you've reached the desired thickness of the rack. I made mine 5.5 cm (2.3 inches)
You may need to make some layers from several pieces of cardboard, if you haven't got enough large pieces. This is pretty easy, just remember not to put the connection on one layer directly on top of another connection.
Step 5: Dry Overnight
Step 6: Trim the Edges
Step 7: Create Wall Mounts
I chose to hang the rack 5 centimeters from the wall, so my mounts has two 45 degree angles instead of a single 90 degree.
Step 8: Check and Fit
Step 9: Design the Front
Step 10: You're Done!
At some point, I might trim a section for oversized CD covers. But first: coffee!