I needed  an organizer for compact discs for a cabinet I was building and none of the off-the-shelf ones I saw fit my requirements. Naturally, I did what any full-blooded Instructabler would do: I built my own at the Tecshop, http://www.techshop.ws. The overall dimensions were fixed by the shelf available and I wanted to maximize the space I had to work with.

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The first order of business was to measure a stack of five CDs in standard cases. I added a bit to the width and a scoatch to the stack depth and that established the "pocket" size. I had decided to use 1/4" MDF for the four sides and two column dividers and 1/8" MDF for the row partitions. After hand sketching my plans I did the parts layout in a 2D graphic program I have used extensively, DeltaCad 8. The finger joints, interlocking slots and slot and & tab dimensions were based on the material dimensions.
togo19192 years ago

Are you planning to design one of these for your 33s and 45s?
bgerens (author)  togo19192 years ago
No, just my 8-tracks!
Nice design :)