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post #1 of 14 Old 03-12-2019, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Turntable Stand

My son has gotten into the good, old vinyl albums and got a turntable for Christmas. He asked me to build a kind of mid-century stand for the equipment and to display some albums. He found something he liked on the web, so I used that as a starting point. This is the result.
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Nice job! I assume your son loves it, too. My 21-year old daughter is into old vinyl, as well.

I have been seriously considering building one for my old turntable and reel to reel I bought in the early 70's and every time I see someone else build something like this I get closer and closer to doing one myself.

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Nice stand.


May I make a recommendation. When dealing with vinyl records it is highly recommended that you use dividers instead of one large space. This is for two reasons. The most important is that if vinyl records lean out of the near vertical they have a tendency to warp. Keep them as near vertical as possible. I would make the dividers 10 records wide. Of course some space so that you can get your fingers around an album to take it out.


Second is grouping. Most users find that they like to group like albums.


Last a question. Why is the right upright not vertical?


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George,
Thanks for the comments. He will not be displaying his album collection on the stand; he has other places for that. The lower compartment is designed to hold his receiver/amplifier and isn't tall enough to hold an album vertically. The angled side is for the "What's Playing" sleeve to be placed/displayed.

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Wood is still wood.
What gets me are the funky steel legs.

They look like the ones on Mom's kitchen table! 1960.
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What gets me are the funky steel legs.

They look like the ones on Mom's kitchen table! 1960.
He really wanted those hairpin legs! I found a place online (diyhairpinlegs.com) that makes two and three rod hairpin legs in lengths from four inches to forty inches. They shipped very quickly and the legs are of great quality.

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Very 60s! I love it.

I wonder about racking and rigidity, especially the panel on the right. I hope the box joints on top are strong enough to prevent racking, maybe. I fear that the panel on the right may get knocked about until it weakens, unless the stand is placed in a well-protected place.
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I got a buddy of mine that goes out of his way to buy albums on vinyl, New albums mind you. I make sure to call him a dirty hipster every chance I possibly get. Nice table though, I like the box joints. It adds to the look.



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Very 60s! I love it.

I wonder about racking and rigidity, especially the panel on the right. I hope the box joints on top are strong enough to prevent racking, maybe. I fear that the panel on the right may get knocked about until it weakens, unless the stand is placed in a well-protected place.
I am not concerned about racking. The small end on the far right won't see any stress. There won't be anything piled up on that small shelf area that should stress the right end. The angled partition is for displaying the "Now Playing" album sleeve. I wrestled with how to handle the joinery on the angled partition for a long time until I came up with this solution. The joint on top is a modified version of a finger joint. I cut the joints normally and then went in and cut the inner face and the ends of the box joint at six degrees. I could have left the ends squared and trimmed them with a chisel, but cutting them allowed me to leave the fingers just slightly proud but still aligned with the opposite board so I could simply sand everything flush.

That resulted in a six degree angle on the finished joint. This approach left me with lots of glue surface, so I expect the joint to be extremely strong. The bottom joint is glued and screwed, so that will be quite robust. I toyed with doing mortises with angled tenons on the bottom of the partition, but elected to take the easy way out and glue/screw it.


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Thanks for the explanation. It is those bottom "screw and glue" joints that concern me, especially the panel on the right.

With sincere respect, I don't think the screw and glue joint on the bottom of the right panel will be strong enough. A small lateral force at the top will result in tremendous leverage on the edges of the bottom joint. I think that a deliberate or accidental force at the top of the panel will crack the glue joint at the bottom. I wonder whether using a glue with some flex would have helped. I am thinking of polyurethane, flexible CA, or certain kinds of epoxy. As noted by @sbrader, a mortise and tenon joint would have been much more challenging, but much stronger, too.

With care, it should hold up and look great for a long time. I love the look and the design.
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Thanks for the explanation. It is those bottom "screw and glue" joints that concern me, especially the panel on the right.

With sincere respect, I don't think the screw and glue joint on the bottom of the right panel will be strong enough. A small lateral force at the top will result in tremendous leverage on the edges of the bottom joint. I think that a deliberate or accidental force at the top of the panel will crack the glue joint at the bottom. I wonder whether using a glue with some flex would have helped. I am thinking of polyurethane, flexible CA, or certain kinds of epoxy. As noted by @sbrader, a mortise and tenon joint would have been much more challenging, but much stronger, too.

With care, it should hold up and look great for a long time. I love the look and the design.
I may not have explained myself very well, I'm afraid. The bottom joint on the far right is also a full box joint. It is only the bottom of the angled partition that is glue and screw.
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awesome! I would live to see a pic when it is loaded, esp of the audio gear...
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I may not have explained myself very well, I'm afraid. The bottom joint on the far right is also a full box joint. It is only the bottom of the angled partition that is glue and screw.
That helps a lot. The box joint will be much stronger and resist lateral forces much better than screw and glue.

I liked it before and I like it even better now! Very nice design.
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There's no Fidelity like HI-FIdelity. Nice job.

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