Repurpose the Old Vinyl

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Vinyl records are making a comeback and many folks are getting new turntables and investing in vinyl once again.   We have an awful lot of old records from my parents and from my teenage years.  We might think they are all valuable but most aren’t.  Here is an idea to repurpose some of those records that might be scratched, a bit warped or duplicates.

Here is how we made a stand out of a small piece of wood and some old vinyl records.

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You need 2 records (33 speed) and a piece of suitable sized wood.  The records need to be cut so they are 15 cm, 10 cm and 5 cm high.  For non metric folks that is about 6, 4 and 2 inches.   The piece of wood needs to be 32.5 cm or 13 inches wide and about 12.5 or 5 inches deep.  The thickness is up to you but you need to be able to add 3 grooves about 1 cm or half inch deep.

making a stand from old vinyl records at craftygardener.ca

The record cuts were made carefully and slowly with a hack saw.

making a stand from old vinyl records at craftygardener.ca

The grooves were cut with a table saw.  Once the 3 grooves are cut you can paint or stain the wood to your liking.  You could add some glue into each groove and push in one of the record pieces.  The biggest goes at the back and so on.  That bit was obvious wasn’t it?   I didn’t use glue and the records stayed in place on their own.  I chose to use a black gloss paint to finish this one off.

making a stand from old vinyl records at craftygardener.ca

Then you have a stand that you can file letters, documents, magazines, photos or whatever you want.  I don’t think it would be strong enough to file records in.

making a stand from old vinyl records at craftygardener.ca

It will be a fun gift for the record enthusiast in our family.  We added a gift certificate from Sam the Record Man at the Quinte Mall. Our Sam’s was the last remaining store in the chain after the iconic store in downtown Toronto was closed.

You could make a smaller one using old 45 records too and I bet you could use CD’s to make a much smaller one.  You are only limited by your imagination.

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party  and  Mosaic Monday.

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Comments

  1. When we moved from Los Angeles we gave away all of our old records to Goodwill. That even included my parent’s old 78s. There’s a pub here in BC at Heriot Bay on Quadra Island. The outside of one wall is covered in old records. It fits the venue for sure. – Margy
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  2. Here I go again, lost my post!
    That holder is a great idea and looks very sharp Linda. A smaller one would look good along side of the big one.
    Have a good weekend even if they are much the same as all the other days and stay cool.

  3. What a funky letter holder, the tutorial was so easy to follow even for someone like me who is very DIY challenged. I have a box of LP’s from the 60’s and 70’s buried somewhere in the attic which my 20 year old nephew wants to look through next time he comes to visit so I’d better wait until then before trying out your idea.
    Happy Mosaic Monday.

  4. That’s a great idea, you did a wonderful job. I don’t have vinyl records anymore, but I can probably find a few in my grandfather’s house…Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  5. Oh my gosh I wish I’d saved my old record collection! This is so clever. Too much downsizing for us. (There were and are definite advantages for us in making those moves but losing some of the old memorabilia is one of the downsides! )
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