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above: Photo i The whole unit open, showing the position of the carousel within

BELOW: Photo 2 Tambour doors closed, discreetly shielding all the electronic wizardry

Sanity warning

THIS ARTICLE is about how I made a carousel to hold cassettes and CDs - but first, a word or two about the cupboard to help preserve the sanity of anyone trying to make something similar.

It seems that everyone, these days, wants to hide their television, video, hi-fi and extensive collection of records, cassettes, CDs and videos -in the smallest space possible!

This cabinet, see photos 1&2, is quite compact in relation to what fits inside - but is nevertheless 850mm (33>Sin) high and 1040mm (41in ) long, each side of the L-shape.

The trouble is, these dimensions will not fit through the average door - unless you are remarkably lucky and can somehow feed it round.

I went to the trouble of cutting out a full size plan from a piece of hardboard to show the clients how little space the piece of furniture would take up - but I still didn't twig that I wasn't going to be able to get it into the room when it was 850mm rather than 3mm high.

Luckily this obvious fact - and inexcusable design error - dawned on me as I started cutting out the pieces for the cabinet.

As it turns out the design lends itself to being knockdown, because the two sets of sides are at right angles and brace each other. It was easy to make the carcass so that it can be assembled on site using biscuits for location, and threaded fasteners to pull the joints up.

The other, and more serious, thing to watch as far as your health goes is the noxious dust from MDF and, of course, its weight - the carousel alone is pretty heavy!


The carousel, see photo 3, fits in the corner of the 'L' shaped unit and has eight bays, holding a total of 128 CDs and 102 cassettes - not bad in a space that would normally be inaccessible, and therefore wasted.

In the end the clients decided that they wanted a few videos in the carousel so I changed a bay of 32 CDs - to a bay of videos - a mere nine. I spent some time looking at a drawing showing a plan view of the cabinet and trying to optimise the useful sizes of the compartments.

As far as the carousel is concerned the aim is to make the diameter as large as possible, and not to restrict access by making the opening

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