Thursday, April 30, 2020

Make a "Now Playing" Rack for Vinyl Records

I had fun hanging out at record stores back in the 1980s.  My favorite local Atlanta store was Turtle's Records & Tapes. They had a "Now Playing" rack on the wall where they would display the album cover of a record while it was playing in the store.  I thought it would be fun to make one that I can use when playing my records.  Check out my video of this project below.


I used my X-Carve CNC Woodworking Machine from Inventables to cut out the entire project, except for two small dowels.


I used the Inventables free EASEL online software to design the project.  The project consists of a backboard with an engraved logo, and a separate "Now Playing" piece cut from 1/2" Baltic birch plywood.   Click here to open my EASEL project to see how it's designed.


I found the Turtle's logo on Google Images.  Luckily, I was able to also find the matching font called Keep On Truckin' that I was able to use to type the "Now Playing" text.  The text at the top is engraved with an 1/8" straight bit at a depth of 0.05".  The X-Carve also drilled matching holes for me, so that I could attach the "Now Playing" cutout using two 2.5" long pieces of 1/4" dowel rod.


This display rack will get a lot of use when I play my vinyl records.  I love the colors and it brings back some great memories of hanging out in the record stores.  Thanks for checking out this project!