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Old 29th April 2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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Default Practice run at a DIY turntable

It's just made of laminated MDF with nothing done particularly precisely or nicely, but I just want to come away with something marginally functional.

I used parts from a rekokut K-33H (platter, motor, bearing) that I had been hanging on to for a while and an SME Series III I had. Still have no idea what cartridge I will use, I have a nice Shure V15 III stylus but no cartridge, and a couple of other MM carts around. Not sure what the best match would be for the arm.

I hope to have it completed before this weekend's AKfest (audiokarma), or as completed as a PVC and MDF turntable can be.


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Old 29th April 2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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Old 29th April 2009, 09:11 PM   #3
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I wear a respirator when working with MDF or any other type of wood. I'd rather go respiratorless with MDF than black walnut.
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Old 30th April 2009, 04:56 AM   #4
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Looks like we both had about the same idea for a turntable. It looks great. The only diffenrece is I used 5 layers of 3/4" mdf for mine, but with the Rek-O-Kut platter on top it will probably come out to be the same. Progress looks great! Can't wait to see the final product.
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Default Re: Practice run at a DIY turntable

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I have a nice Shure V15 III stylus but no cartridge
I think i have a body with no stylus.

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Old 30th April 2009, 05:47 AM   #6
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Looks great!
Well done for just doing it.

that table saw is also a work of art. very jealous.
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Old 30th April 2009, 05:51 AM   #7
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How is the rek o cut bearing? Good?
Could you post a pic of it?

I am interested in the older bearing designs. I have a post running about my Presto Record cutting platter and bearing. I'd love to see the Rek o cut.
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Old 30th April 2009, 09:28 AM   #8
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The ROK bearing isn't the last word in precision and maybe a bit noisier than some better bearings on the market. The shaft is 1/2" and has a spiral groove in it to pull up the lubricant. I would guess that if I machined a new housing with some precision oilite sleeves and a proper thrust plate, it would make a very very good bearing. The platter needs some damping added, it's rather bell like if you tap on it.

I should have it hooked up by tonight with some luck.

The table saw is a nice one. I have an Oliver 232-D, but I'm saving up for a nice fence for it. In the mean time, the inlaw's Craftsmen suits me just fine.
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Old 30th April 2009, 01:06 PM   #9
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Cool thanks for the info.
Yes I thought the fence looked a bit dodgy but huge table. very nice.
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Old 30th April 2009, 01:47 PM   #10
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Oh, the fence on the pictured table is excellent. It's a Biesemeyer fence.

The fence on the Oliver shown below isn't quite so stellar.

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