DIY Vinyl LP Crates

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I built these wooden crates to fit my record shelves, I purposefully did not build the shelves too high because I wanted to be able to add records on top that I could flip through. I find it much easier to browse through records facing forward, rather than sideways on the shelf.

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The crates are designed to interlock, so the can be stacked without fear of tumbling over. I use them to sort new records I want to listen to before adding to my collection, stuff I want to put together as a mix, records that are in constant rotation or sometimes I grab a section I haven’t listen to in a while and put it in a crate. I find I’m more apt to grab and play something from the crate, rather than pull it from the shelf.

Here are the details for construction. It is pretty simple and inexpensive. They cost about $10 each for the economical version (using cheap pine lumber), and would probably take about 30 minutes to build with the right setup.

Materials:
  • One 8 foot – 2×1 pine board
  • Two 8 foot – 1×3 furring strip board
  • Brads
  • 24 – 1 1/4 inch wood screws

If you are using furring strips or rough lumber, I would sand the boards before you cut them. You need to cut 6 – 1×3 boards into 16 1/2 inch pieces and 6 into 9 1/4 inch pieces (or how ever deep you want the crate. Cut 4 – 2×1’s into 13 1/2 inch segments (for the “posts”)and 3 more into 9 1/4 inch pieces (or the same depth as your 1×3’s).

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I found it easiest to build the rectangle 1×3 sections first, and then add 2×2 vertical boards. Measure down 3/4 of an inch on the top rectangle and mark a line for four “posts”

Initially I just used the brad-nailer to build the crates, it made if very quick to build, but I soon found out that I needed a little more support to hold the weight of the vinyl. I added the wood screws to each connecting board. To make it look a little cleaner, you could add wood putty and then sand and stain.

There you have it. Easy to build stack-able record crates.

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