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I want to make a few drawers to go into an entertainment center to hold DVD's, CD'S and VHS's. I was wondering if anyone out there could help me figure out what size to make the drawers to make the most of the area. The area I have to work with is 24Hx21 1/4 D 17 1/4 W. I think that I would want the drawer depth at least 5 3/4 so I can put a DVD or VHS on its side. Thanks in advance.
 

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I want to make a few drawers to go into an entertainment center to hold DVD's, CD'S and VHS's. I was wondering if anyone out there could help me figure out what size to make the drawers to make the most of the area. The area I have to work with is 24Hx21 1/4 D 17 1/4 W. I think that I would want the drawer depth at least 5 3/4 so I can put a DVD or VHS on its side. Thanks in advance.
I recently had the problem of having DVD storage space of recordings.

I decided on small "carriers" that would fit into a regular drawer... making them roughly 6" high (front & back w/ hand hole to carry), 5.5" wide for clam shell cases, and 16" long. Bottom cut with 3/16" slots abt 1/4" apart. Each holding about 32 DVD's.

Reason being, I can pickup a group and place it on table, etc. & put back into drawer when done... being very flexible.

As other needs come about, I can make other carriers for other future media needs.

So far, so good... I have to make the unit for the larger drawers NOW! :smile:

... they are also stackable...
 

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When you build your drawers I'd reccomend that you make them shallower than the DVDs and tapes on the sides so you'll be able to grip them at the edges. The drawer fronts will of course remain the same. Also, put spacers of at least 1/2 inch between rows of DVDs. The temptation to get them really tight is always there, but your frustration in trying to access them will be high. If you orient the DVDs so you can read what they are from above you'll be happier. I make my drawers with dados every inch or so to be able to drop in dividers wherever I like.
Good luck!
 

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When you build your drawers I'd reccomend that you make them shallower than the DVDs and tapes on the sides so you'll be able to grip them at the edges. The drawer fronts will of course remain the same. Also, put spacers of at least 1/2 inch between rows of DVDs. The temptation to get them really tight is always there, but your frustration in trying to access them will be high. If you orient the DVDs so you can read what they are from above you'll be happier. I make my drawers with dados every inch or so to be able to drop in dividers wherever I like.
Good luck!

For the larger Jewel DVD cases, etc., I agree.

I am using the Thin Clam Shell cases where 3/16" allows them to be flipped thru them reading the titles, etc. very easily.

For the thicker Jewel type cases, I would cut a few dados to experiment with depth and spacing... for easy flip thru action.

My sides are 3.5" high (a little over half way) just enough to hold them in... nice to be able to see them from the side too.
 

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For the larger Jewel DVD cases, etc., I agree.

I am using the Thin Clam Shell cases where 3/16" allows them to be flipped thru them reading the titles, etc. very easily.

For the thicker Jewel type cases, I would cut a few dados to experiment with depth and spacing... for easy flip thru action.

My sides are 3.5" high (a little over half way) just enough to hold them in... nice to be able to see them from the side too.

I think you misunderstand me, the dados I cut are in the inside of the sides of the drawers only. Just to be able to put in a cross-piece to hold the cases up as the drawers fill. The thickness of the case doesn't matter. You'll be able to flip through them until the drawer gets full; as will eventually happen to any collection, that's why I'd reccomend the titles face up. Either way, You're certain to have it under control with Sam at your side! Good Luck!
 
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