Make your very own CD/DVD Holder for all those spare blank discs in under an hour!
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Step 1: NECESSARY EQUIPMENT
- A 120mm diameter circle of wood, at whatever thickness you choose (Mine was 20mm)
- 100mm dowel, 11mm diameter
- Wood Glue
- Wooden Mallet
- Sticky back felt
- Craft Knife
- Suitable 11mm drill bit, I used a 7/16ths spade
- Drill; I used a Pillar Drill, but a cordless will easily do the job
- Sandpaper, 80, 120, and 240 Grit
- Hand Brush
- Jigsaw, or Bandsaw - A saw suitable for cutting out the rough circle
- Pair of Compasses
Step 2: CUTTING THE WOOD TO THE REQUIRED DIMENSIONS
Draw out your 120mm diameter circle onto the wood. Using the Bandsaw, or Jigsaw, cut around the line, about 1mm away from it (so the line is just still visible).
Using the 80 grit sandpaper, rub around the circle until you reach, and get rid of the line. Then, use the 120 grit to slightly smooth off the roughness, and any scratches on the wood, on the edge, and on the faces.
Mark off the dowel at 100mm, and cut it off using the Handsaw.
Take the 120 grit sandpaper, and take the edge off the two ends of the dowel. Use the 240 grit paper to smooth the shaft of the dowel.
Step 3: ATTACHING THE STICKY BACK FELT
Cut out a rough square of the felt, enough so that all of the face of the circle can be covered. Peel off the back, and lay the felt sticky side up on your surface.
Take the 240 grit sandpaper and smooth off the face of the circle that you have chosen to attach the felt to.
Press this smooth surface on to the sticky side, and make sure it is secured everywhere.
Take the craft knife, and cut around the edge of the circle, so the felt becomes flush with the edge.
Step 4: INSERTING THE DOWEL
Find the centre of your circle (the side with the felt on), and mark it with a little dot.
Using the drill bit, I used the 7/16ths, which was perfect, drill about 10mm deep, not too far at all!
Drop in a small blob of glue into the hole, and then use the wooden mallet to carefully, but firmly, hit in the dowel.
Use the 240 grit sandpaper to smooth off any damage you may have made from excessive hitting with the mallet!
I then used the brush to get off any saw dust from the felt, leaving me with the above picture.
Step 5: FINISHED
There we go - all done and dusted with some of your hour left!
As you can see, I made two, one for the CDs, and one for the DVDs - you can see it in action in the picture.
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