Related to Elements: DJ, Crate Digging, 12" Single
All DJs and Crate Diggers know how difficult it is to safely store their records. Record shelves can be a great way to keep the records right at your fingertips, but the ones they sell online can be extremely expensive to buy and ship. Well, put on your DIY hat, adjust your tool belt for your winter waistline, and build it yourself! You’ll save yourself all a whole lot of money that you can wisely spend on records instead. You probably have all the tools you need to do this rusting away somewhere right now.
CLICK HERE FOR 8.5 X 11 INCH PRINTABLE PLANS WITH BLANK VALUES FOR YOUR MEASUREMENTS.
- Tape measure
- Carpenters’ Square
- Saw (preferably chop saw or circular saw, but a hand saw will work too if you don’t mind sweating)
- Power Drill
- Pilot Hole Drill Bit (recommended, else tiny drill bit will work)
- Heavy Duty Deck Screws 3.5” or longer (preferably self-tapping so they sink in better)
- 2X12” Wood Boards (how many depends on size you want)
- 1X7” Wood Boards (how many depends on size you want)
- Narrow gauge screws or small nails or glue
- 1” chisel
- 1” Quarter Round corner wood (size depends on how many you want)
- Velcro pieces
- Corner Clamps or a friend (these really come in handy for holding the wood during construction)
- Wood Glue (if using center supports)
- Caulk (to fill in screw holes)
- Paint (your color of choice)
- Felt (cut to size of shelves)
- Sharp Scissors (to cut felt)
- Spray Glue (for adhering felt liner) (I recommend 3M Super 77)
- Rubber Gloves
- Paint Thinner (for cleanup of spray glue)
- Beer (gotta have beer for a project like this)
After each hole is drilled, you are ready to start constructing each layer from the bottom up. Corner clamps or friends really come in handy during this phase. So do those 13” support 2X12”s if they are cut perfectly they will hold up each successive shelf for you as you drive the screws in. Drill in each screw until the head sinks into the wood deeply. This will give it the most strength and allow you to putty or caulk over the holes when you are finished building it.
This next step I highly recommend because it will prevent wear and tear on your records’ spines from simply sliding the records in and out. Cut pieces of felt to the lengths and widths of each shelf. (Use rubber gloves for this next part) Sparingly spray the back of the felt and the three surfaces of the wood that will touch your records (not the underside of the shelves obviously) with spray glue. Carefully adhere the felt to the shelf surface and quickly remove any wrinkles before the glue dries. It only takes about 30 seconds for the glue to set, so again a friend might come in handy for the longer spans. This is a messy job, you will definitely need paint thinner or mineral spirits to clean up afterward. If you are doing the 7 inch add on, don’t line the top shelf with felt until the next step is complete.
Starting with the vertical supports, (A1 and A2 on the printable plans) use your square and pencil to divide the wood into 4 identically sized quarters. Since the wood is 1” thick you’ll need to cut out an inch wide slot for the intersection of the horizontal run connection it makes. Repeat these same steps with the horizontal shelves. (G on the printable plans) Make sure your measurements are precise on these cuts or it won’t fit properly.
This will prevent your stacks of records from sliding apart at the bottom. Stick a little Velcro on the bottom of a 12” long quarter round piece of wood and it will stick to the felt bottom perfectly. As your collection grows, you pick it up and move it on down the line.
Money Saving Tip:
For those on a budget, instead of using one long 2X12" piece of wood for the base you could save a few bucks by building the base out of several 2X4" pieces.
To save a little bit of time and energy, before cutting any of the wood, paint it or stain it on a saw horse or work bench. It's easier to paint several long pieces of wood on a bench then it is to paint the fully erected shelf. Also, apply the felt before cutting the wood too. It's easier to cut felt in one long strip then multiple sections for each shelf dimension. Then after the wood is painted and felt applied, cut the wood and touch up paint as needed.
Share your progress and pics of the finished shelves:
Thanks, Mike, for sharing these photos!