This project is the latest move in a decade long endeavor to appropriately manage our ever growing movie collection, starting from a DVD player wedding gift back in 2002. Ever running out of room we scaled up to a pair of wall mounted book shelves we purchased from a failing book store that ended up being an eyesore and an invitation to every delivery person and solicitor to suspiciously complement our vast collection. So after our last move we decided to nix the cheap shelves and attempted a more compact binder system but soon realized editing and adding to the order would be too problematic, plus the binders still took up too much room. So I went back to the drawing board (or Google) and discovered an array of Disc Jockey cases that hold 500 to 1,000 discs that weren't too expensive, $60-150 range. We ended up buying two $80 900-disc cases with 7 ½’ x 15 ½’ x 23 ½’ dimensions which were really great. They come with hanging two sided disc sleeves and we bought the alphabetic dividers separately. The boxes have a built-in track system that did a good job holding everything in place but due to poor workmanship were a bit flimsy so the tracks would twist, causing the sleeves to fall off on one side requiring regular maintenance. A major downside to minimizing to cases is the fact that someone could walk right in and pick them up by their handles and rob us of our collection in one fell swoop where as when everything was on the wall in their cases, I didn't fear much more than a smash and grab due to the mere mass with all the cases involved. Also storage of the hefty cases became an issue because we were perusing them daily and we couldn't stack them because one case was for the kid’s movies and one was for everything PG-13 and up, so they remained in the open and in the way reducing the square footage of our living room.
Step 1: DVD Drawer DIY - What I Used
1. 2 - 8” Aluminum C-channels $18.78
2. 2 - 8” 0.75 x 2.5 inch wood beams (that match the color of the drawer) $11.43
3. A hacksaw since I didn’t have one already for the C-channels $14.97
4. 3/32” split point drill bit (to screw the C-channel to the wooden support) $3.77
5. 5/8” screws (to screw the C-channel to the wooden support) $3.54
6. 1” finishing nails $1.30
I already had:
1. Wood glue
4. Measuring tape
6. Vise grips
7. And I used some Legos for a pair of spacers (but I’ll get to that later)
Step 2: DVD Drawer DIY - Woodworking
Step 3: DVD Drawer DIY - Metalworking
The next step was to install the first channel against one side of the drawer atop the wood supports then screwed it in on both ends (the drawers are wider than the cases so I had a little room to spare so I decided to leave a storage gap on the inner right edge of the left drawer and on the inner left edge of the right drawer so they were mirrored rather than identical to each other). Then I used the Legos to create two even 5 ¼’ long spacers (which is the exact width needed for the disc sleeves to hang properly between the channels). I placed one on the front and one on the back wood supports then lined up the next channel firmly against the Legos and screwed the channel into place then repeated until all five channels were installed in each drawer.