Each Unfinished Oak modules is handcrafted from furniture-grade oak, sanded smooth without lacquer or sealer. Unfinished shelves and accessories are ready for DIY staining and finishing, or can be used as is.
(Oak Eleganza and Heirloom LP modules are not offered unfinished.)
We offer Media Shelf Modules in two identical height versions:
• 3-TIER MEDIA SHELF MODULES for CDs each hold 177 standard discs.
• 2-TIER MEDIA SHELF MODULES are for 7" records and all other standard optical media including Blu-Rays, DVDs, SACDs, PlayStation, xBox, and PC game discs. Each module holds +/- 220 45s, 100 BluRays, or 82 DVDs.
We offer a limited selection of Unfinished Oak accessories; more are available pre-finished. Use the following solid Top and Base options to transform any stack of shelves into a low table, handsome shelving, or rolling cart:
• UNFINISHED OAK FITTED TOPS only increase height by 3/4" and are significantly more rigid when mounting a turntable or other component on top of LP shelves.
• UNFINISHED OAK TURNTABLE STAND TOPS offer enough surface area for most turntables, dust covers and air-dried maple isolation stands.
• UNFINISHED OAK TOSE-KICK BASES are for stationary stacks. They interlock with any LP or Pass-Thru module and back-to-back Media Shelves. They raise the lowest shelf about 2-1/2" off the floor and make stacks look nicer.
• UNFINISHED OAK CASTER BASES are rated to carry up to 660 lbs, 50% more than the full weight of six loaded record shelves. Easy and convenient to move on either carpeted or bare floors, this base raises the bottom shelf by 4 1/4". Provides easy access when storage space is tight—or roll your favorites out to the turntable.
• UNFINISHED OAK ELEVATED BASES are designed to raise the lowest storage module about 8” above the floor and are rated to carry six fully loaded record shelves (up to 660 lbs).
• BALTIC BIRCH OVERLAYS are a slide-in solid bottom plate that can be easily added to unfinished LP and XL modules to help on sliding records in and out. Offered unfinished, with walnut stain, or opaque Satin Black finish.
Choosing Between Unfinished and Finished Oak
Our unfinished oak modules are the same furniture grade wood and construction as our pre-finished shelves. The 3/4" thick oak is sanded smooth and provided without sealer. Unfinished modules can be used as is or are ready for DIY finishing. If you want our cheapest options, prefer the aesthetic of bare wood, or want to apply a specialty finish, unfinished oak modules will be your best choice.
If you want shelving units that are handsome finished furniture and think you'll save money applying a clear finish yourself, it doesn't work out this way for many customers. Unless you already have the necessary wood finishing supplies, their cost will significantly mitigate the difference in price between our comparable unfinished and finished oak modules. The time and labor necessary to create a furniture grade finish is another important consideration for those who are not woodworking hobbyists. We've spoken to quite a few customers who underestimated the cost, know-how, and elbow grease needed to create a furniture-quality finish and regretted not having ordered modules that were pre-finished by our Amish craftsmen.
For customers with minimal wood-working experience, we hope these insights are helpful in deciding between unfinished or pre-finished modules.
We offer myriad upgrades guaranteed to improve the sound of your favorite albums:
Interlocking Storage For 7” vinyl, CDs, Blu-Rays, DVDs, cassettes, 8-track, & gaming discs
(8) Screws for assembly
(2) Rectangular End Pieces
(1) Top Shelf
(1) Bottom Shelf
(1) Drop-In Shelf
(4) Brass Shelf Pins
(4) Wood Plugs
(1) Add’l drop-in shelf with pins [for three-tier units only]
1) Before starting assembly, it is important to identify the top and bottom shelves of the unit. For the top, it has pre-drilled holes for assembly on one side. For the bottom, the media ‘backstop’ and four assembly holes are on opposite sides of the shelf.
2) On an open flat surface, place the bottom shelf vertically on its rear edge so the pre-drilled holes face toward you. It will be resting on the backstop and freestand in this position.
3) Take one rectangular side and place it vertically against the bottom so that the pre-drilled holes match up. Place the other rectangular end piece on the opposite side of the bottom, once again making sure the pre-drilled holes are matched. (The shelf support holes pre-drilled in each side should face towards each other and be parallel.)
4) Using a #2 Philips screwdriver, place one screw into the upper left pre-drilled hole in the base and turn until snug. Do the same for the other end in the upper right position. The upward-facing edge will be the front of the assembled unit. Laying out these parts as described makes it easy to keep the corners flush and square. To get the truest fit, it helps to align-and-hold each corner with one hand and drive the screw with your other hand.
5) Rotate the unit 180 so the bottom side that was just assembled is facing away from you (still resting on its back). Fit the top piece to the rectangular end pieces so the pre-drilled holes are facing toward you and lined up.
6) Repeat step 4.
7) Now carefully turn the unit over, so the front edge faces down. Repeat step 4 and step 5, so that the top and bottom are secured by four screws each. The shelf frame assembly is now complete.
8) The unit can be sat in its normal upright position and the drop-in shelf (or shelves) installed. When possible, it is easiest to install the drop-ins before putting the unit into a stack. This gives you full access to all sides of the frame, making it easier to guide the drop-ins into place for the first time without marring. After you’ve done this procedure once, these shelves are simple to move/remove as needed.
9) Before placing a drop-in shelf, push-in the four brass shelf pins to support the corners of the shelf in its position. Make sure the pins are in the same position for each corner so the shelf sits level.
10) For a two-tier shelf, the drop-in shelf should be placed in the middle position to store Blu-Rays, DVDs, and games. For a three-tier shelf, the drop-in shelves are placed in the top and bottom positions.
12) Use both hands to guide the drop-in so the notches in the under side of the shelf fit over all four brass supports. Because of the close tolerances, try to keep the shelf parallel so it slides into the frame easily. Media Shelf units can be easily and safely moved with their drop-in shelves installed, as long as you do not turn the unit upside down.
13) Wood Plugs can be inserted into the four pre-drilled assembly holes on the top of the shelf so that an additional Media Shelf can be stacked on top and will lock into place. The top and bottom of each Media Shelf are also pre-drilled with extra holes inset from the assembly screws. These are only used for interlocking when stacking Media Shelves on top of Record Shelves or installing back-to-back units on a base.
14) The center backstop of the bottom shelf is also pre-drilled with a small front-to-back pilot hole. This feature is used to lock back-to-back units together to created aisle shelving or rolling storage when mated with a caster base.
Other Helpful Tips
The catalyzed lacquer finish used for our records shelves is maintenance free. Murphy’s Oil Soap works well if you need to clean the finish.
If the fit of the interlocking wood plugs is too tight, use a pair of pliers to slightly compress the ends so they slide into place easily. Because of the mass of each shelf, installing two plugs is sufficient to prevent stationary stacked units from sliding. We provide four for maximum stability.
To enhance the aesthetics and versatility of our Music Shelves, we also offer an optional matching base to raise the bottom unit off the floor as well as a rolling caster base for stacks of interlocked shelves. Please visit shop.mapleshadestore.com for complete options and pricing.