I'm working on the design for a media storage cabinet to handle our
movie/music collection, and I have a couple of questions I though I'd
put to the group:
Since DVD & CD cases are "so" narrow (5"-6" maybe), I'm trying to work
out a plan to get 2 "layers" of cases into the unit. I'm thinking
about having a "layer" of shelves on the front of the cab. on hinges
that will reveal a 2nd "layer" of shelves when opened up.
I'm currently planning on building the unit in 2 pieces, a lower cab
with either drawers or doors for misc storage, and an upper unit with
the dual layers of shelves for the media, and the 2 units will be
bolted together with furniture bolts. The piece will be placed into a
niche between the fireplace and outter wall of the room, and I haven't
measured it yet, but it's somewhere in the 2-3 wide.
The cabinet will be roughly 2 1/2 - 3 ft wide, and 12-14 in deep,
depending on depth needed to hold the 2 layers of media. The bottom
cabinet will be 2 1/2 - 3 ft high, and the top cabinet somewhere in
the 3 1/2 - 4 ft high depending on how it works out with the height of
the DVD cases (I'm kinda tall, so a 7 ft cabinet works great for me).
The front "layer" will be 2 "inner" shelf units, each about 12-18 in
wide and 6ish in. deep, connected to the "outter" case with piano
hinges. The "outter" case will be 2 1/2-3 ft wide, and 12ish in deep.
What I'm wondering about is clearence for the front shelves at the top
& bottom of the case. I'm concerned that when the weight of the front
shelves is swung out, it will cause the outter case to rack a bit,
causing the swingout shelves to possibly bind. Anyone have any
experience with a design like this? I was originally going to go with
1/4 in. clearence at the top and bottom, but I'm wondering if that is
too much, or too little. Any thoughts on how to a) figure out how
much clearence I really need, or b) support the outter cabinet to
ensure it cannot rack at all?
The upper cabinet will have a full back of 1/4 in. ply, which I know
should stop the vast majority of the racking, but like I said above,
I'm just a little worried that when one side is opened, the shifting
of the weight may cause the outter case to rack enough that the
swingout shelves may bind.
I'm planning on making the both the inner and outter cases out of 3/4
in ply, with 1/4 in ply backs, rabbited into the sides, then guled and
Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.