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Vinyl records are wonderful, but only few of us still use them when actually listening to music. I'm sure that anyone reading this has seen clocks, bowls, and bookends made from old LPs, but I wanted to do something that wasn't constrained to a circle. The "proper" way of doing this would be purchasing hot wire cutter, and there is much to be said about using the right tool for the right job. But there is also something to be said for using what you have on hand if it'll get the job done. I chose the latter, and used a dremel tool.
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Step 1: Supplies

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-Vinyl record to cut
Safety Goggles
-Dremel tool 
-Small grinding attachment
-Wire wheel attachment
-Sand paper (or sponge)

Not puictured: Image editor (ie: Photoshop, pencil)

SAFETY NOTE: We're going to be using a Dremel tool at higher speeds, and small bits of vinyl will fly everywhere. I thought my normal glasses would be fine for this task, but the high speed debris hitting my eye proved me wrong. Play it safe and use something with full coverage.

Step 2: Create the Stencil

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I opted for a 45 adapter. It didn't have many sharp angles and people would easily recognize it.

Measure the diameter of your record. Not all 12 inch LPs are created equal. Mine happened to be 29.65 cm

Find a picture and copy it into Photoshop (or some other image editor). Get rid of everything you don't want, and resize it to fit your specific record. Print it out, cut it out, and tape everything together.

My stencil is covered in packing tape on both sides. I'll probably reuse it, so having something laminated (so to speak) will be reusable.
Attach it to the record (I used more packing tape) to keep it in place.
articice3 years ago
"only few of us still use them when actually listening to music"

You're so wrong here ;)

Exactly. :)

There are still people using floppy discs too! :p

To be honest it's not long before CD's become obsolete...
davemirl9 months ago

I've been able to get great results, and much safer, with a scroll saw. Take a look at the stuff I've made at

It isn't bad if you used a vinyl in horrible condition, or with horrible music (like those accordion music filled vinyls... ugh).
Raitis3 years ago
I've just cut one vinyl I had with dremel and diamond cylinder grinding/engraving piece. It's a pain to get edges even with high speed tools and complex figures...
lumpee3 years ago
I'm thinking this would be a good project for a variable speed scroll saw at low speed.I used mine on plastic at high speed once and when I'd finished the cut,it was all welded back together.To make my saw run slower I wired it to an old sewing machine foot control to give me variable speeds. Very cool project.
mi0j3 years ago
You monster! That beautiful vinyl, killed it!
It looks like there's a scratch above the shine on the left side. Maybe it didn't play.
I think I cried a bit
BarginsTech3 years ago
Very cool! You could probably add a back drop to it in a contrasting color and make it into a clock! :] Great instructable
splazem3 years ago
Those look cool.