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 that I’m sharing with Funky Junk.
- 2 records (33 speed)
- a piece of suitable sized wood
- hack saw
- table saw
- glue if you think it is needed
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.
The record cuts were made carefully and slowly with a hack saw.
The three grooves were cut with a table saw. The outer grooves need to be at least 1 cm from the edge. The centre groove should be in the middle, between 3 to 4 cm. from each outer grooves Clear as mud? But then it could all change if you use a different sized piece of wood.
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.
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.
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 is 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.
See some of my other craft projects that aren’t knitting, crochet, sewing or garden related.