Today we are sharing a really quick and easy project, our DIY record stand. You may have noticed in our last post on our library shelves that we are displaying a few of our favorite records on the shelves. They are sitting in custom built stands that Brent built out of wood. By displaying them on these stands we have easy access to grab our favorites. Also, album cover artwork can make for an interesting alternative to traditional art. The six records we choose for our library were ones where we liked the design of the covers and thought had a visual appeal similar to the other art in our home.
We searched for record stands but most of the ones we found had no back or had a back that was half the height of the record. We have found that stands built these ways do not fully support the record and can eventually damage it by warping it over time. We couldn’t find one out there that exactly fit our needs so we built our own that was all these things we were looking for: simple, sturdy and supportive.
If you have a few of your favorite records that you want to display but want to make sure they stay in good shape, this DIY record stand is a great solution. Plus, it is completely customizable. After it is built you can stain it or paint it whatever color you want to match your decor.
How we Made Our Record Stands
^^^ The supplies we used for this project were a 1″ x 6″ board and a dowel rod. The tools we used were a miter saw, table saw, Joint Genie and a drill. First, we measured the boards to prepare to cut the base of the stand and the top braces. The base is 12 1/2 inches wide. The two top braces are 11 inches wide. For more details on the exact dimensions, download our DIY record stand plans at the bottom of this post.
^^^ Next, we used a miter to cut the boards to the sizes we measured.
^^^ To create a slot in the base for the record to sit in the blade guard needs to be removed. This allows the blade to cut only partially through the board. By placing the board next the blade it is easy to see how deep the slot will be in the base.
^^^ After each pass over the table saw blade, we moved the table saw fence slightly to cut a wide slot.
^^^ The back of the stand needs to sit at an 80 degree angle so we had to cut the bottom of the bottom brace at a 10 degree angle.
^^^ We used the Joint Genie to drill holes that would connect the pieces via a dowel rod.
^^^ The Joint Genie makes it really easy to line up the holes with the dowel pins.
^^^ No matter how many times Brent drills holes to join two blocks of wood together with a dowel rod, he still gets excited about the final result every time.
^^^ Once the base was connected to the bottom vertical brace, we drilled holes into the two vertical braces so we could connect them with the dowel pins.
^^^ The great thing about building the stand this way is that no glue is needed so it can easily be disassembled and reassembled and consists of just three pieces.
If you are interested in building you own DIY record stand, feel free to download our Gray House Studio plans below with all the exact dimensions you need to create this stand.
Download our Record Stand Plans (PDF)