Having seen a bunch of examples of these that other people on the internet had made (that although awesome, were waaaaaay too expensive) I had a crack at my own take on the idea.
I made some prototypes a couple of years ago, but the colours didn't pop as much as I'd hoped, and I've got more tools now.
Here's how I made mine....
Stuff I used:
- Table saw
- Steel rule
- Router + dovetail bit
- Dovetail Jig
- Wood glue
- 12mm MDF - 8ft x 4ft sheet
- 3mm MDF - 6ft x 2ft sheet
- PPE - dust mask / googles / ear defenders
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Step 1: Design
I decided each square would be 160mm2, and be 150mm deep (good for CD's).
*UPDATE* After making a few more sets of these for other people the ideal unit size is 224mm, as this fits DVD's n' stuff */UPDATE*
I took to AutoCAD and drew up some plans.
I chose to use 12mm MDF, and they'd be backed with 3mm MDF. The joints would be dovetailed as they're nice and strong, and not that hard when you've got a router and a dovetail jig. (you can get away with rabbit joints though)
Once I was happy I wrote all the measurements down as a "shed reference sheet" and took to my little workshop.