DIY Turntable Bases

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DIY Turntable Bases
DJ turntables have built-in isolation feet, but these can be improved upon. (Polka Dot RF/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Modern turntables contain a number of calibration and balancing settings to ensure that they operate without skipping or skating. However, these features can only be used effectively if the turntable is securely and safely mounted on a solid, sturdy base. The high mass of a thick turntable base is necessary for isolating the turntable from the effects of vibration. When playing at high volumes, nearby speakers can cause feedback if they are allowed to resonate within the body of a non-isolated turntable.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Thick sheets of heavy hardwood 2 inches thick
  • G-clamps or similar
  • Router
  • Drill
  • 7mm bit
  • Long screws or self-tapping bolts
  • Plane
  • Sander

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure your turntable's footprint and depth. Your base will need to be slightly larger than the footprint of the turntable in order to fit the recess. Thickness is an important factor for isolating the turntable from vibration. If purchasing your wood from a timber merchant, work out your sizes beforehand, and have them cut them cut three or four sheets to your chosen size. These can then be stacked to form the plinth.

  2. 2

    Mark the turntable recess on the top sheet by sitting the turntable on it. Clamp the sheet to your work surface. Use the router to cut out the shape of the turntable recess from the top sheet. Stack the sheets on top of one another, and try placing your turntable into the recess. You will notice that you need a method of routing the power cable out of the base. Note the cable's path. You want to route it out of the case without bending it sharply, so choose a location in a straight line from the socket.

  3. 3

    Stack the top and middle sheets on top of one another and clamp them together. Drill two holes from the outside into the recess, through the seam between the sheets. This will allow you to lift the sheets apart to thread the cable through.

  4. 4

    Stack all of the sheets on top of one another, exactly as they will be when the base is finished. Clamp them together using the G-clamps, and drill a hole through each of the four corners. Release the clamps and lift the top sheet off of the base. Lay the power and audio cables into the recesses you drilled earlier, and replace the top sheet.

  5. 5

    Insert the screws or bolts into the four corner holes, securing all three sheets together. Connect the power and audio cables to the turntable and lower it in. Once you're sure that the turntable fits snugly in the recess, remove it again. Sand and stain the wood as desired, and your base is ready to use.

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