Modern Bookcase and CD Rack with Port Hole Windows

Geometric shapes give this easy-to-build bookcase a modern and funky look.

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Materials and Tools:

wood glue
brad nailer and nails
2" wood screws
3/4" wood screws
miter saw
table saw
hole saw blade
six round Plexiglas circles
a half sheet of 1/2" medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
four hinges

    The total dimensions of the unit are 18"d x 36"w x 60"h. To make that exact size unit, you will need five sheets of 3/4" MDF cut to the following measurements:
  • two sides at 18" x 59-1/2"
  • two pieces for the top and bottom 18" x 36"
  • three shelves 18" x 34-1/2"
  • eight supports for shelves 18" x 2"
  • one backer for CD storage 18’ x 36"
  • one door 18" x 30"
  • two feet for bottom 2" x 2"
  • eleven pieces for CD storage 6" x 6"
  • one piece for handle on doors 18" x 30"
  • three back supports for stability 4" x 36"

Figure A


1. Assemble frame of bookcase (top, bottom and sides) using nails and wood glue. Add feet to bottom.

2. Nail and glue supports for shelves at appropriate heights, spacing approximately 15 inches in between each.

3. Nail and glue shelves onto supports.

4. Using a hole saw blade, cut out circles evenly spaced in the center of the doors.

5. Using a router and sandpaper to smooth out inside edges of circles.

6. Screw Plexiglas circles onto the backs of the doors.

7. Create CD storage design. Glue and nail onto the back piece.

Figure B

8. Glue and nail CD storage and backer onto the main unit.

9. Attach hinges onto the doors.

Figure C

10. Add wood trim as handle on door.

11. Paint the entire piece as desired.

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