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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
  • Squares
  • Knife
  • Router + dovetail bit
  • Dovetail Jig
  • Wood glue
  • Paint
  • 12mm MDF - 8ft x 4ft sheet
  • 3mm MDF - 6ft x 2ft sheet
  • PPE - dust mask / googles / ear defenders

Step 1: Design

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When you think about it, each Tetris block can be broken down into four equal squares.

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.
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Its nice :)

thermallyme2 months ago


KimberlyC13 months ago
Can I order this? I wished I have the skills in making something like this.
jaimee3780654 months ago

Do you know what exact brands and colors of spray paint you used?

cdevildevil6 months ago

Putting a square block right on top of that hole at the top would really drive people crazy. I think I might do it :D

tomas75a6 months ago

What are dovetails?? Never heard about that. Cool project though! I like it:)

JohnnieT6 months ago
Really nice!!
kjsrocks6 months ago

Be sure to screw them together and screw them into the wall.

You wouldnt want it to fall over

Cotixtof6 months ago

Great! If all possible, where can I get the autocad files? Chris

Cairdy Crafts6 months ago

A very well documented, commented and photoed Instructable! The geek in me loves the way the Tetris pieces stack together, and the CDs storage part looks so good! I'd love to give something like this a go sometime, but until then, great job introducing, recording and explaining the steps!

starforest6 months ago

Wouldn't the shelves be some what unstable because they're just stacked on top of each other? If one shelf at the top had more weight on it then the ones at the bottom wouldn't it fall off?

Thats fabulous

dan30081 year ago

I want now :D... Just droped you an email requesting a quote. I dont really have the needed tools to do it myself lol


Its exceptional

mousepaper1 year ago

Its exceptional

mousepaper1 year ago

Its exceptional

Thats fabulous

Thats exceptional

fastbobble1 year ago

Thats astounding

gorgeddamp1 year ago


Its spectacular

illrings1 year ago


airbugger1 year ago

Its phenomenal


headlymph1 year ago


tealrink1 year ago


Its breathtaking :)

harechubby1 year ago


clapfilk1 year ago




Thats exceptional...

Thats calme

gazumpglue1 year ago

Awesome project! Looks like I will be making a set. One question, I didn't see any dovetails, did you mean rabbet's?

wish i had the room to get a set!
Excellent design, love it so much.
BunnyRoger1 year ago
So cool!! Wish I was a bit more of a handyman or carpenter to do this for my kids' room.
This is amazing, Love this Instructable!!
MAApleton2 years ago
Oh wow, I absolutely love this!!!! It looks so incredible.
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