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Old 1st April 2011, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Building a turntable wall shelf - help!

I know this should be real simple. But I seem to be cursed with home improvement type stuff. So I need some guidance. This will be for a heavy turntable -- VPI HW19 mk4, weighs maybe 60 lbs.

All I need is something simple: heavy duty shelf brackets and a wood platform or two for leveling. Does anyone have a good source (US) for the brackets? Or for the wood? (I may have the woodworking tools, but not the skills)

Tons of places have brackets (claims 1000 lbs, has a 45 deg brace). Most have no reviews, some reviews actually say "not at a 90 deg angle"! Ugh.

It's currently on a Target shelf, but I want to get rid of that. I don't trust it, one 'arm' is deflected out of level.

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Old 1st April 2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Go to Lee Valley Tools and look at part #s 12K95.01 and .02. I use these as fold-away workbench supports in my smallish workspace. Leevalley is a Canadian co but has warehousing in the states. E
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For 'only' 60 lbs you can get parts at Homo-Depot.

Some heavy shelf brackets which go into the double row rails (sort of like the supermarket uses for their can shelves- imagine that weight!)

I have used these same brackets/shelves in my (former) garage for all my old repair manuals going back to '65. These old books are 4-6" thick and rather heavy. Never an issue.

If you have trouble finding something suitable, I can assist with some links (but I'm lazy right now)

Set each rail on a stud in the wall (this is critical!) which are usually ~16" on center. If your table/shelf will be wider than ~18", go for 3 studs, and you should be able to sit on the shelf! Each bracket is rated for ~100 lbs if memory serves.

Anyway, Homo-Depot also have pre-cut squares of MDF as well as Baltic Birch plywood. I suggest one of each. They also sell t-nuts and/or threaded inserts (your choice based on skill set). You then sharpen some bolts that fit the threaded inserts, and level the top piece of material on the bottom piece of material. The bottom piece is attached to the brackets, and the top piece (on your adjustable points) and you can level it perfectly.
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