We here in Casa de Drastique like to travel light. It’s not only easier on the ol’ brain stem when we hit the road, but also saves us: money on gas (carrying less), the headache of getting a trailer, and from having to coordinate multiple vehicles. We also like to sell merch. Almost as much as those 2 things, we like it when people don’t spill beer all over our merch and ruin it because it’s laying flat on a table. And you know what else sucks about merch laying flat on a table? No one can see it! You need to prop them shits up! So … how to combine all 3 (4?) of these glorious things? Simple .. a do-it-yourself collapsible point-of-sale combination CD/7" display (patent pending!). I took on this project las night around 9pm and was finished at around 1:00am .. but that included the design, taking photographs, catching up on the last 3 weeks of "Lost" and some testing of ideas … but for you dear reader, this project shouldn’t take more than 2 hours. Obviously, with all DIY stuff, this can be easily mod-ed to fit a different setup … for example, 2 rows of CDs as oppose to the CD/7" split would be very easy to do. I modeled this on a 6-pack beer-carrier and it’s a super easy project for any band trying to attract more attention to their merch table …
Ok, so let’s get started .. here’s what you’ll need …
- Used cardboard box
- Ruler/Tape Measure
- Straight Edge
- T-Square (optional)
- Packing Tape
- Duct Tape
- Velcro Tape/Pushpins (optional)
And incase you can’t read my chicken scratch to the right, here’s what you’ll need for the cardboard pieces …
- 1 x (8" x 5") (1st level floor)
- 1 x (8" x 2.5") (2nd level floor)
- 2 x (10 1/8" x 2.5") (CD sides)
- 2 x (9 3/8" x 2.5") (7" sides)
- 2 x (4 3/4 " x 2.5") (2nd level support)
- 1 x (8" x 9") (back)
- 1 x (12" x 2.5") (back support, optional)
For the cardboard I recycled a box from a case of beer … it was easy to cut and draw on and durable as it was designed to carry 24 bottles of brew …
I started by taping down the supports for the 2nd level … On these two strips I added little "overhangs" that (in retrospect) I should have used on all the pieces. It makes it easier to connect when there is a little overlap between joints. If you decide to do this, simply add 1/8" to the height of each piece.
When taping, make sure you tape with the display flattened, or at least make sure there is a little slack in the tape .. you run the risk of using too-little tape when you attach the pieces standing up ..
Next, I attached the "floor" for the 2nd level … easy enough.
Attached the "arms" of the CD level. The "arms" are the 10 1/8" x 2.5" pieces with 3 folds: 4 1/2", 1 1/8" and 4 1/2" .. notice the copy of "Waiting" resting comfortably …
Almost there .. taped down the "arms" of the 7" level … These "arms" are the 9 3/8" x 2.5" pieces with 3 folds: 4 1/2", 3/8" and 4 1/2".
I forgot to take a picture of it, but it’s important to note that the back of the display has to be folded in half, horizontally …
Cover in duct tape to add tenacity as well as a space-age silver sheen!
Here’s the display case in action! Flat enough to fit in just about anything …
Optional back brace .. the other idea I had for this was to use 2 pieces of velcro tape; one on the back and one on the side which could be easily fastened .. unfortunately I’m out of velcro tape … this is totally uneccesary once CDs are sitting in the unit, but figured it couldn’t hurt to have a little extra support …
Cosmetically, this can go alot of ways .. cover it with stickers, glitter or sandpaper to ward off would-be-shop-lifters! Go nuts, think outside of the box .. in retrospect I should have covered the cardboard in duct tape first and then constructed it … I’m sure I’ll be adding to this design in the coming days to make it look more professional looking … but in the meantime, it does the job … If you make your own or improve on this (very basic) design send us pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org