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tcaz

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02-25-2021 11:11 PM

Looking for some guidance on dimensions for the base of this record player console. It’s one of the larger/longer builds I’ve made and want to make sure it doesn’t have any weak points. The piece will hold records albums on the bottom, knick knacks in the middle shelf, and hold a record player/misc decor on the top.

The case is constructed from 3/4” alder veneer ply and measures 84×15x23.5”.

And my tentative plan for the base—made from solid alder with approximate final dimensions of 72×12x6”. The (4) legs will be 1.75” thick with a double curved taper (mock up in photos below). Stretchers/rails will be made from 5/4 alder and 2-2.5”H. All joined using dominos. Considered two additional legs in the center though unsure if necessary?

Do you see any strength concerns with this idea? Any areas that need reinforcement (cross members) to prevent sagging in the middle? Any advice would be helpful!


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#1 posted 02-25-2021 11:19 PM

Definitely support in the middle.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 02-25-2021 11:35 PM

“Record player”- Really? And my kids tease me about using old terminology- sure you don’t mean “gramophone”? Seriously, it looks like a nice project, and agree with Robert that you should have support in the middle of the base- those LP’s (or are they 78’s?) are heavy. Good luck!

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#3 posted 02-26-2021 12:14 AM

Legs in the middle aren’t necessary if your support rails are ample. A couple of 2 1/2” 5/4 strips probably aren’t going to cut it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 02-26-2021 01:30 AM

Yes, I’d prefer to not incorporate a middle leg if I can get around it.

Do you mean support rails as illustrated in this quick and dirty sketch? I have 6/4 as well that I can put to use.


Legs in the middle aren t necessary if your support rails are ample. A couple of 2 1/2” 5/4 strips probably aren t going to cut it.

- Rich


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#5 posted 02-26-2021 01:31 AM

Hey, it ain’t going in my house. I’m just the builder! :)


“Record player”- Really? And my kids tease me about using old terminology- sure you don t mean “gramophone”? Seriously, it looks like a nice project, and agree with Robert that you should have support in the middle of the base- those LP s (or are they 78 s?) are heavy. Good luck!

- JohnDon


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tcaz

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#6 posted 02-26-2021 01:38 AM

Thanks for the reply. In the form of support rails (like in the sketch I replied to Rich) or additional legs?


Definitely support in the middle.

- Robert


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Rich

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#7 posted 02-26-2021 03:46 AM


Yes, I d prefer to not incorporate a middle leg if I can get around it.

Do you mean support rails as illustrated in this quick and dirty sketch? I have 6/4 as well that I can put to use.

- tcaz

To be perfectly honest, I can’t tell you what will support the load. I don’t know what the load will be for starters.

The bottom line is, if you don’t want legs in the center, you’ll need to support it some other way.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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