Back in November I posted a question here about my plans for a CD
rack...this was my first "real" project. Anyway, it's hanging in the
family room now...based on most of your responses, I added vertical
support. It's all oak, finished with 4 coats of poly. All the oak is
3/4" except for the top and bottom pieces, which are 1/2". The back is
1/2" plywood. I had access to the back of the wall it's hanging on, so
there's some pretty big hardware holding it up (it's heavy). Holds
about 800 cds, and I have about 700 in it now (I used some of my son's
to fill up some empty space when I was checking the final weight).
Anyway, thanks for all of your ideas back in Nomber!
OK, it's slightly OT, which I usually avoid with a passion, but this
might be of interest to anyone doing the same ...and why not listen to
good music in the background while woodworking [There, I said it.]
Anyhow, go to your nearest dealer and get an FM transmitter that will
plug into the computer, or your ipod or any other suitable source.
Start the music. Now got to your surround sound system you set up in
the workshop [or the old set you got at the flea market for $5.]
Leave the ipod in the living room. You don't want it to get plugged
up with sawdust. Tune the radio to the frequency you set [easily] on
the transmitter, and listen without earplugs. You can even crank up
the radio so your nearest neighbours can hear, or get them to tune
into the same frequency with their radio.
A.) Most of those things sound terrible. The good ones cost more than
B.) Plug up an Ipod with sawdust? <G> Have you ever actually touched
one? I know people that run in the rain, ski, cycle, etc... with
them. If you're that worried, simply put it in a Ziploc bag. Most
MP3 players are reasonably durable and well-sealed.
I've read that as well (although I don't have any personal experience
with them). I also don't own a portable music player.
That said, I DO have a huge collection of music on a computer in one
room, and a damn nice stereo in another room. I have the two
physically connected with a long pair of monster audio cables and a
USB thingie. When I switch over, my computer thinks the stereo is a
set of USB speakers and I just play music using WinAmp. It sounds
absolutely fantastic... couldn't ask for any better.
I don't remember the exact names or brands of the products I bought
and am too lazy to find them now, but if anyone is really interested,
I'll do some digging and try to find specifics or more information.
If you want to save a buck or two on long cables, standard coaxial (reg
cable wire) with RCA adapters(TV/Amp/VCR type) or mini adapters (computer
sound card port) works just fine. I do prefer the RG6 cable. I run 50 ft
from my PC to my TV/Pioneer amp for both Sound and Video. For just sound (no
video) I ran another coaxial cable(with RCA adapters) as a digital line
between my PC (Motherboard has a digital port) and the Amp. Incidentally
short Coaxial with RCA adapters works just fine for digital lines between
DVD's and AMP's (much cheaper than official "digital lines") ....Its only
slightly daunting wire wise running a ATI All-in-wonder card in my PC with
two VCR's all hooked 50 ft to my AMP. VCR, DVD and TV not to forget more
wires for the PC network and my 4 port KVM switch.....Rod
One of the hottest setups is to put all your music in MP3 format on
your computer, and serve it up using something like the Roku
You attach one of these to each receiver in your house and you have ALL
of your music at your fingertips.
Plus, it allows me to box up the CD and store them out of sight.
I DO have all my music in MP3 format, most of it from my old LPs and
45s. There's almost 10Gb on a separate Hard Drive in the computer
...and only one transmitter, no receiver necessary except the radio
downstairs, in the garage, in the workshop, a portable in the patio,
my neighbours .....
Also, another hint: A DVD holds 4.5Gb.
I'll stick to the $30Can transmitter, the size of my little finger. I
can also power it with two AAAs and use it for the car. Attached to
the computer it powers from the USB.
Anyhow, I'm done with this, since it is definitely now OT. Thanks for
the info. My reference was for those who want their choice of
background music in the shop by just tuning their shop radio to that
frequency, and that doesn't matter if the shop is out in the yard and
the sound source in the house.
| Back in November I posted a question here about my plans for a CD
| rack...this was my first "real" project. Anyway, it's hanging in the
DeSoto, Iowa USA
LOL...thanks all for your comments. I actually have room for about 80
or so more, but I don't buy too many new ones anymore...hopefully I'll
get a few years out of it before thinking about an addition!
Before I decided to build one, I was looking around online, pricing
something comparable. I found a couple that would hold 600 and were
made of oak...but they were about $400! I ended up doing this one for
about $60 in lumber and another $20 or so in incidentals. I didn't
have a table saw to do all the dados though, but used my neighbor's, so
that cost me about another $20 in beer.
Now I have the itch (the same one you guys have probably had for years
now)...my next thing is going to be some picture frames. I have a few
odd-sized things I've been wanting framed for years (an old railroad
map, some old concert posters, etc) but those custom places want a
fortune. I have a miter saw, so I think I'm ready to go. Been reading
on a few sites about frames, so I'm gonna start one next weekend.
Thats cheap, for something that will probably out last you!
Unlike the book shelves they bought in for our temp. offices at work
~150 each (x100), the sides bow out and the little plastic support lugs
pull out/break, the shelves are inch thick laminated chipboard and at
least one broken foot has been reported already....
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