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CD Pack Rack

As an avid collector of CD Packs from all manors of rave events, I wanted somewhere to store all of my CD Packs, but I couldn't find something that would fit the style I wanted. In the end I decided to measure up and build my own from 18mm MDF to be painted at a later date.

the final CD Pack rack

In this article, I will document how I designed the unit and then went on to build the unit for my growing CD Pack collection.

Measure Up

First I started by measuring up the size of a standard CD Pack. CD Packs are typically DVD case sized but thicker. I had a quick look on the internet and found the size of a standard DVD case and then compared it to a CD Pack case.

A standard CD Pack weighs in at 135 x 190 x 29mm. As stated above, some are thicker. Ideally, you'd need to slide the packs out with a finger so I'm going to allow 25mm on top of the height. So that takes the measurement up to 215mm.

Unit Size

Now I know what size the packs are and how much room I want above them, I need to count up how many packs I own and then sketch out what will fit where. If it's going to be custom made, I may as well make it the correct size to look neat and tidy.

Cutting List

Now I have the unit size I can sort out a cutting list to take to my local B&Q to get the sheet cut into the correct size. This is quicker and easier than cutting it and trimming it myself. Once I had the strips cut, I could go away and machine the grooves and cut the shelves to length.


Now that I have the panels cut to the correct size, I have to machine the sides to take the shelves. I could just screw them straight through but I'd rather they were housed in by using a router to cut a groove. This will create a better quality unit overall. It also makes the assembly easier in the next stage.

The first groove

One side panel nearly finished

A close up of the grooves

Two side panels finished and ready for assembly


Now that everything has been machined, it's time to assemble the unit. I am going to use some polyurethane glue for it's strength qualities and also screw the unit. The grooves in the sides of the unit will give great strength.

Finishing Touches

Now the unit has been assembled, it just needs to be sanded and then can be painted. As it is going to be in the deck room, I intend to paint it with neon pait so that it will glow under a UV light. I feel this will fit in extremely well.

Once it has been finished and painted I will put some photos up, both in daylight and one under a UV light.


The cost of the unit was relatively cheap. One sheet of 18mm MDF was all it needed and was just over £20. Plus the time to then machine everything up. It took me around 2 hours to machine up and assemble.