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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DJ/Turntable Case + Speaker Stands on: September 20, 2006 08:58:16 AM
I've been playing for about 2 years...and i usually "perform" in my basement or at my girlfriends place! hahahahah...yeah, i'm just doing it as a hobby, i don't really have any intention to perform for the public...a party with friends at most. either way, good luck on the case, make sure you post up how it comes out!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Textbook bar on: September 20, 2006 08:56:24 AM
Is this it?

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DJ/Turntable Case + Speaker Stands on: September 19, 2006 07:11:20 PM
hahah, while i do have my turntables hooked up to my computer (i can record my rare vinyl that way), i havent recorded my own stuff yet. I'm not ready to show the world. Also i'm not that good. yet.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DJ/Turntable Case + Speaker Stands on: September 18, 2006 07:14:06 PM
Skoo, I love local businesses! You're not REALLY soliciting, so it's ok. BTW, your prices on the 1210MK5 are really good, i'm actually in the market for a set thanks to my new job! Thanks for the suggestion, i actually have 2" foam padding that i am going to attach to the underside of the lid to prevent the platters from falling off the turntables during transit. That odyssey case is actually the one that i based mine off of, because i had the standard (non-battle) one.

Here are the instructions, as promised. Unfortunately i don't have progress photos to post!

Get plywood (a 4'x8' sheet is MORE than enough) cut into these pieces:

(6) 19 x 3 x 1/2 (A)
(4) 44 x 3 x 1/2 (B)
(2) 44 x 20 x 1/2 (C)

1/2" open or closed cell foam, cut into 3" wide strips.
2" open or closed cell foam

DJ hardware set: Metal corners, latches, 2" plastic port (optional), breakaway/liftaway hinges, handle

1" coarse Drywall/wood screws
Spray adhesive

4 yards of heavy winter-coat gauge fabric (i used wool, anything similar will work)

Table saw
Miter saw
Electric screwdriver
Measuring tape

Ok, so the first thing to do is to have the wood cut down. I went with 1/2" plywood. Thicker plywood can be used, but obviously the measurements would then have to be adjusted for such. I do not recommend using plywood any thinner than 1/2", as it won't be strong or stable enough for these purposes. I would say rent or borrow a table saw and miter saw to cut the wood down. My first attempt was using a jigsaw freehand, and it did NOT turn out well.

Once you have the wood cut down, you'll have 12 pieces, and a fair amount of scrap left over (for other projects!). As i have labelled it up there, the "A" parts are going to be the short sides and interior dividers for the case. You'll want to take two of the "A" parts and cut off a 1" triangle from one corner. Set these aside, they'll be your interior dividers and the cut-off corners will serve as cable pass throughs from the turntable to the mixer.

Obviously the "C" parts are going to be the top and bottom of the case and the "B" parts are going to be the long side. Pick one of the "B" parts and cut a 2" hole in it. This is another cable passthrough, this time for the power plugs and what not to poke out of. This is where the 2" plastic port in the materials section comes in. It cleans up the hole and makes it look a little more professional.

At this point, you'll want to "dry-fit" everything. Make sure you measured correctly and that your turntables and mixer will fit in there. If everytying turned out ok, you can start assembling the box. Grab the screws and start drilling and screwing away. Remember, you want to make it sturdy, as turntables are quite heavy. More screws=more gooder. Just make sure that you drill a pilot hole before you put the screw in, otherwise the wood will split. Put the sides on, and leave the dividers out for the time being.

Now that the basic box has been put together, its time to start looking ahead to the covering of the fabric. Figure out what direction you want the pattern (if any) to run in and cut your fabric accordingly. THe first bit of fabric you should adhere to your box is the interior of the box. Spray copious amounts of spray adhesive and bit by bit just cover the inside parts of the "C" pieces of wood, don't worry about the sides just yet. When you're adhereing it to the wood, make sure you pull the fabric tight, otherwise it may wrinkle or not stick to the wood. You can wrap those from the outside. Next, cover the interior dividers up, remember to make sure the patterns match.

Once you have covered the interior bases and the interior dividers up, then you can install the interior dividers into the box. Measure up your turntable and remember to ad 1/2" on each measurement to account for the foam padding.Make sure the measurements are correct, then assemble the interior dividers into place.

WOW, now it actually looks like a turntable case. This next step is tedious and simple, cut your cloth so that it will wrap from the outside of the case around the sides and cover any parts of bare wood. Remember you can glue it first and use a razor to trim off the excess.

The next step is to attach the foam padding. You'll want to either spray glue, hot glue, or (like me) use self-adhesive padding all the way around the sides of the turntable bays. Make sure it's dense enough to protect your expensive turntables. Next, measure out where the platter (round part) of the turntables will be and glue the 2" foam bricks to the underside of the lid. This prevents the platters from sliding off the spindle when you move them around.

Hardware is the last thing to do after you cover the entire box (make sure it's dry first!). Put the metal corners on each external corner line up the latches and the hinges and attach the handle. Wasn't that easier than you thought?

Again, questions are welcomed and if you need the google sketchup, lemme know!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Piratey Sunglasses case and fairy wings (odd combo) on: September 18, 2006 07:13:51 PM
Skulls. Are. Awesome. I love this!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: the Incredible Hulk...in duct tape (no, really, it's just me) Img heavy on: September 18, 2006 07:12:24 PM
I am going to laugh all day at how cool this is!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: wine bottle covers ***Now With Tutorial*** on: September 18, 2006 07:09:20 PM
WOAH! that's really awesome! My girlfriend loves to make jewlery, and this looks like it's right up her alley. Too bad we're beer people!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DJ/Turntable Case + Speaker Stands on: September 14, 2006 03:36:25 PM
Most bigger music stores like Sam Ash and Musicians friend will have credit plans, so that part should be pretty easy.

The problem is that Technics 1200s are very expensive, which is why i don't have a set yet. The 1200 MKII, which are the lower end cost $479 each...but they have basically all the features that the MK5 has. eBay isn't a bad option for it, but they're so heavy that the shipping costs lots of $$. Craigslist is another good way to find 1200s for cheaper.

Alternatively Numark (which is the company that makes my turntables) have some good alternatives to the 1200s. I bought my girlfriend a TT200, which is a mid-level turntable from them. It cost just around $200 and has a motor which is more powerful than the 1200. It's an excellent turntable for the money (better than what i have), but purists will want the 1200.

I'll put a full instructional write-up with Google Sketchup pictures by the end of the weekend. 
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: DJ/Turntable Case + Speaker Stands on: September 13, 2006 11:13:16 AM
irish chicky:
I say try building him one. It wasnt that hard. The hardest part was the spray-glue and fabric step of it.
I designed it so that even though i don't have Technics (the gold standard of turntables), they and 99% of standard turntables will fit in there.

Get plywood (a 4'x8' sheet is MORE than enough) cut into these pieces:

(6) 19 x 3 x 1/2
(4) 44 x 3 x 1/2
(2) 44 x 20 x 1/2

basically from there, you just screw everything into place, according to how thick your foam padding is, etc. Although i recommend putting the inside lining in before screwing the dividers in. This was sort of a quick and dirty instruction (i'm at work), but if you want more detailed instructions i'd be happy to whip up a set for anyone who is interested.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Altoid tin turned tampon case on: September 11, 2006 04:07:23 PM
the image is decoupaged on

Ahh...cool, it came out great. It looks like one of those store-bought little tins they always have near the cash register...only cooler!
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