Introduction: DIY Record Player

This project costs around 20 dollars. Our materials were either 3D printed, bought at a lumber store or on amazon.com.

Step 1: Materials

For the turntable, you will need:

plywood

motor

batteries

wire

small amplifier

speakers

wooden rods

magnets (rings)

potentiameter

phono-cartridge (needle)

circular disk for a record to fit on

Step 2: Building the Box

The box design is up to you. We decided to go with a simple exterior as we wanted to focus on the quality of the wiring, and output of the sound. The box should be about 1 1/2 to 2 feet in length, 14 to 16 inches in width, and 4 to 5 inches in height. The top will need to be large enough to fit both the record, as well as the arm and needle. All of the components will be on the inside of the box, so make it deep enough for supplies to fit. Use wood glue and clamps to secure the box, and do not glue the top on, as you will need to go inside of the box.

Step 3: Putting in the Turn Table

Mount a motor to the bottom of the box. Connect a dowel rod to the motor. We used 3D printed pieces to accomplish this. Be sure that the motor isn't being overloaded so used the correct voltage. Wire a potentiometer to control the speed of the turntable. This will be needed because different size record require different speeds. Cut a 12 inch circular plate and drill a hole in the center for the dowel. Use a lazy susan to support the plate and to keep it rotating easier.

Step 4: Building the Arm and Speaker System

Next connect a dowel to to another one perpendicularly as shown. Use ring magnets, facing north pole to each other t o keep the arm moving freely. Put the needle on the end and wire the left and right sides (positive and negative). Connect the right positive to the right stereo on the amp, and left positive for left on the amp. Connect both negatives to the ground of the amp. Next connect a power source for the amp, and the outputs of the two speakers.

Step 5: Putting It All Together

You should now have two separate circuits. One is for the turntable, and one is connecting the needle to the amp to the speakers. Cut two holes in the front of the box to fit the speakers and one in the top the fit the wires for the needle. Close the top and the project is complete.

Step 6: Enjoy

This is a difficult project but in the end it works well. You can paint it, stain it, and style it how you want. This is a much cheaper alternative than to buying a record player.

Comments

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queer1 (author)2017-06-19

I really really love this idea. Turntables are pretty expensive and those that are under the $100 mark (e.g. Crosley) apparently aren't too good for your records as I've been reading around. And to be honest I am on an extreme budget and may be for a while so I really don't have any money to spend on such things or on anything not essential for living anyway. As a result I will have to rely on materials that I either have available or can acquire for free for any of the projects I have in my head. Anyway I have a couple questions. First and foremost what materials do you suggest for the platter and have you tried different options. And lastly with regards to the health of your vinyl and those of others who have tried this as well as mine, how damaging is your build to your vinyl and have you found ways to improve for less damage?

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DeclanL2 (author)2016-12-08

It would be really helpful if you could post the links for your parts, I'm building this now and have run into a bit of a will with this

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GarrettG16 (author)2016-06-07

Thanks for the post. Could you please post links to where you sourced your parts? Very interested in the potentiameter and the motor. Thank you!

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GordonBlue (author)GarrettG162016-07-28

I would also be very happy about this!
Really great instructable!

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TanMan7783 (author)2016-06-10

i would really like to know what wire to use does anybody know?

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TanMan7783 (author)2016-06-06

Does anyone know what iwre I could use?

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TanMan7783 (author)2016-06-05

may I ask what wire you used and/or where you got it?

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TanMan7783 (author)2016-06-04

never mind Igot it thanks for the intractable!

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TanMan7783 (author)2016-06-04

Hi, i really like your project and I've been working on a record player myself recently. I only have the turntable finished and I can't seem figure out how to get the tonearm/cartridge to work. I saw somewhere that you could dissect some headphones and use a magnet and create your own but I didn't have much luck and the instructions were very vague. I was very happy when you put this intractable up because I'd been checking every week for someone to upload a DIY record player. When I got to the part with the tonearm I couldn't see what was going on or how you wired it or anything. Also what parts specifically where used in the tonearm circuit and where did you get them? I love your intractable and it would help a ton if you could Show what parts were used and the wiring of the circuit in a little more detail. Thanks in advance!

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bryantS4 (author)2016-06-01

really cool project I will do it. also good taste in music

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