A couple weeks ago I picked up my record holder. As soon as I got it up to my waist the bottom fell out of it.

COME ON!

I watched my records crash to the ground and I feared the worst. Luckily, none of my records broke and I quickly gathered them up. I had wanted a larger record holder and this was just the kick in the butt that I needed. I began planning out a new record holder that would hold more of my records.

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I wanted to make it look like a crate. I thought about making the sides solid, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted the crate look. The one step that I always struggle with is the planning part. I’m always eager to get into the shop and fire up the saws, but it’s just as important to plan out everything. And even after sketching everything out, I still forgot about one part. But it could have been more had I not drawn it out.

Anyways, once I had it planned out, it was time to cut the pieces.

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I was able to find some scrap pine around American Workshop but of course I came up a couple pieces short so a trip to the local market was in order. Once I had my last piece, I made the remaining cuts and began assembling the crate. I used our KREG Pocket Screw Machine to drill the holes for the side pieces and used wood glue and 18 gauge nailer to attach the bottom of the crate.

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Once I assembled the crate together it was time to pick out a finish stain. I originally wanted to use a light yellow stain so the crate would look older, but after testing the colors on a scrap piece of wood, I really liked how the mahogany color looked. So I used Minwax Mahogany finish on the crate and I really like how it turned out.

If you have a project in mind and you need a place to build it, make sure you swing by American Workshop and take a look at our shop. We have any tool you need, and the instructors to help you get started or help you finish any project. We’ll see you at the shop!

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BONUS!

The Top 10 records in my record crate. These are not necessarily my Top 10 records of all time, but there are some here that do cross over into that list. These are in no particular order either.

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JAMES TAYLOR
Greatest Hits

This is a great album to relax to. I will put this record on after the kids go to bed and just sit in my comfy chair. A great record to end the day.

 

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THE CLASH
Combat Rock

I don’t really want to get into an argument, but I will argue that this is the best Clash record ever. London Calling is a close second but this album has Rock The Casbah on it. So there is that…

 

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THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
Million Miles Reflections

One of the greatest fiddle players ever playing one of the greatest country songs (The Devil Went Down To Georgia) ever on this album.

 

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GOLDEN EARRING
Golden Earring

I feel like Golden Earring doesn’t get enough credit in the classic rock world. They may have been a one hit wonder, but man what a hit they had in Radar Love which is on this album.

 

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ELTON JOHN
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The greatest album by one of the greatest singer/songwriters ever.

 

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JOHNNY CASH
At San Quentin

I know Johnny is more know for his At Folsom Prison album, but I think this one is just as good. You don’t see professional musicians playing at prisons much anymore. That’s why Johnny is THE MAN.

 

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LED ZEPPELIN
IV

The song Rock and Roll is on this album, and that automatically puts it on this list. Oh and there is also a little song called Stairway To Heaven on here too.

 

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CREAM
Heavy Cream

Clapton playing Crossroads. Enough said.

 

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THE THORNS
The Thorns

This is the newest record I have. Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, and Pete Droge went into the studio and created this album. It was awesome, but this is the only album they made together. If you like Crosby, Stills, and Nash then you’ll love The Thorns.

 

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HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
Fore!

Huey Lewis, in my opinion, has the greatest rock and roll voice. He can carry a tune through that raspyness and it sounds great. Plus this album has most of his greatest hits on it. And the guy on the right has the best 80s suit ever made.

 

So that’s it. Those records plus a lot more are now safely held in their new record crate. If you want more specifics on how to build your own record crate or you want to talk music, contact me at sam.watts@americanworkshop.com