The Jewel Box Box
Storage for CD Sleeves
So, I keep all of my CDs in plastic sleeves instead of in the
original jewel boxes. The main advantage of this is that CDs in sleeves
take up about 2/7 of the space. Two disadvantages are that I now have to
store the sleeves in something (because they don't stand up on their
own), and I have a huge collection of empty jewel boxes.
Eventually I hit on a solution that solves the storage problem and
ameliorates the empty jewel box problem. I make storage boxes for sleeves
out of empty jewel boxes.
For each box:
- Three empty jewel boxes
- One scrap CD (Buy a stupid magazine for the free CD.)
- Some Duco cement or other glue good for plastic
- Four to six small clamps (Medium binder clips are great.)
- Open two of the jewel boxes.
- Remove the CD trays from the two boxes.
- Bend them back until they are open 270 degrees.
You may need to disassemble and then reassemble the
boxes to accomplish this.
- Put glue on the edge of the box backs that is
opposite the hinge edge.
- Clamp the two open boxes together so that the
edges you just glued are pressing up against the front
of the other box, forming a rectangle.
This is the body of the box.
- Place the third box face down on the table in front of you,
with the hinge away from you.
This is the bottom of the box.
- Glue the bottom edges of the box backs that form the body.
- Clamp the body down to the bottom with one of the box
backs facing you.
- Allow the glue to dry overnight.
- Remove the clamps.
- Re-install the CD trays onto the front and back of the box.
- Put the decorative CD into the front tray, with the label side hidden
unless it's something cool.