How to Make Plywood Shelves For Vinyl Records

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How to Make Plywood Shelves For Vinyl Records
Create your record shelving unit by making cubes out of plywood. (record player image by jeancliclac from

The proper storage of vinyl records is a primary concern for collectors who want to maintain the physical and sonic quality of their collections. The best way to store records is horizontally in a ventilated room. One way to store your records is by using wooden cubes that act as shelving when you place them on top of one another. These simple crates can be made out of basic plywood that you can find at your local lumber store.

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 5 sheets of 3/4-inch plywood
  • Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Use your measuring tape and mark four of the plywood pieces at 14 by 10 inches Two of these will be the side pieces, and two will form the front and back of the cube. Measure and mark a fifth plywood piece at 15 by 10 inches; this will be the base of the cube.

  2. 2

    Cut each plywood piece using your saw. Try to cut as straight as possible, following the lines that you drew on each plywood board.

  3. 3

    Assemble the cube without inserting any nails yet. Ensure that when put together, everything lines up. If one or two boards do not line up, measure, mark and cut the difference.

  4. 4

    Nail one side piece to the base piece on what will be the bottom of the box. Nail the other side piece and the front and back pieces to the base. Nail the remaining corners together on the side, front and back pieces. The cube should now be complete.

  5. 5

    Construct cubes in the same way until you have made the number that you require. Stack the cubes on top of one another to complete the shelving unit. Try not to stack more than 3 or 4 cubes high.

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