LP & 45 crates, do we all remember these?

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Project by chickenhelmet posted 06-13-2009 02:59 PM 8163 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just started my first woodworking type business. LP & 45 record storage crates. There will be a blog of the adventure soon, I just don’t know how to post pictures there.
There are two designs. They are made from 3/4” AC ply and finished real nice like. Yeah, that’s right, I’m using plywood. The larger ones measure 13”x13”x12 1/4” inside(assembled), the smaller ones 8”x13”x7 1/4” inside(assembled). The extra 1/4” is so the crates are stackable. They are put together with pocket hole screws and a little glue just for good measures. The lighter colored one is a 2/1, clear/amber shellac, with the darker one being General Finishes “Early American”. There is also a G.F. “Antique Cherry” (not pictured). All three are then hit with three coats of G.F. “High Performance” topcoat. The brand is the company name and logo, Colorado Reaord Crates.
I brought 12 crates to the record store expecting to consign them. The owner loved them and bought them outright. Here’s to more of the same! Website soon. Will post with blog. Thanks for looking!

-- Larry , Colorado

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#1 posted 06-13-2009 04:05 PM

Cool idea. How about some through dovetailed boxes of contrasting woods?

I have been working on plans to build a wall unit for storing my 12” record collection. I have about 2000 albums. I am a dj/woodworker. I think I’m in the minority here, for sure.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 06-13-2009 04:31 PM

Julian, Ex-record store guy!
I have tought of contrasting woods and a design with a “dovetail rabbet” joint. I’m a beginner and will change the joinery as my skills improve. The materials will also change as we can afford it. Thanks for the interest. Keep buying records!! DJ woodworker and “old punk rock” woodworkers. Having the time of my life!

-- Larry , Colorado

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#3 posted 06-13-2009 04:56 PM

Count me in – though I covered my admittedly small LP collection cabinet/player with springsteen posters, you aren’t the only music-lover/woodworker around.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#4 posted 06-13-2009 07:13 PM

I don’t know what an LP or 45 is exactly.

Good luck with your new business. I love when you can convert a hobby to cash. It is getting paid for what you love to do.

Thanks for posting the pics. Post more as you build more.


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#5 posted 06-13-2009 07:14 PM

good idea… thanks. But, it will weigh a ton when loaded with LP’s?

I just inherited about 300 lp’s and the old 8 track tape cassettes (50?). I even got the 8 track player that is integrated with the LP record player. How do I store that when I move it out of my in-laws old house? I’ll try to do something like this… I didn’t like the idea of plastic tubs or open shelving.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 06-14-2009 12:03 AM

I did something similar for my lps where I had the same size as you have but added a board on the top that would lock into two boards on the bottom of another crate. The front was open so you could select albums to play. This way I could stake them up to five high (on a solid floor!). It woked great when I would move because you could just grab the crate and go. I finally made a more finished cabinet for my albums that I have in my living room.

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#7 posted 06-14-2009 01:49 AM

Cool idea..records are coming back!


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#8 posted 06-14-2009 05:45 PM

Hey, thanks everyboby for the interest!

-- Larry , Colorado

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#9 posted 07-03-2009 10:03 PM

Some great crates. Nice job and congratulations

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 07-06-2009 03:14 AM

simple but creative

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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