[78-L] Making of 78 Shelving

maceo maceo at nugrape.net.invalid
Wed Jun 3 16:32:57 PDT 2015

Hi Ron,

Many thanks for the reply.

As I am renting, need to be more flexible in approach to storage, i.e. 
not able to mount with studding with shelving easily moveable if heaven 
forbid I need to move.

Currently I have 5 steel shelves that house the 78's, one of these is  
around 7ft high and 2.5ft wide. which is a tad too high & would think 
3ft a better width? The other shelves do not have dividers which is an 
issue to me when accessing the shellac - currently have wooden dividers 
held in by friction, which is not ideal being prone to moving.

I have sought a quote from a local cabinet maker which is cost 
prohibitive, so a night class at the local college is a better option to 
me  with guidance for the design and making of the shelving.

The floor base is concrete therefore not an issue except for some 
protection of carpet.



> This was discussed a lot in the past.  There are many good ideas.
> I have two shelf units at home, each unit holding about 2500 10-inch 78s.
> Each unit is about 1400 lbs loaded including the shelving. These were
> used by a record store way back when.  I'll do some measurements tonight
> and let you know what size wood, etc. has worked here.  Maybe post some
> pictures for you.
> Also, if you have lots of 78s, consider:
>    (1) The weight can damage you floor, crack floor joists, etc.  We are
>        talking about serious weight here.  Upstairs put this near
>        a wall that also continues its studs downstairs to the ground.
>        A hundred 10-inch 78s weigh about 50 lbs.
>    (2) Safety:  This shelf must not fall over, even if kids try to climb
>        it, and even in an earthquake.  If it does, it could be fatal,
>        and it may go through your floor to the next level.  My two units
>        are in the ground-level garage on a concrete floor, because my
>        upstairs can not take it, its like four full-size upright pianos
>        in the same place.
> Regards,  Ron Fial
> ________you wrote_______________________________
> Hello,
> Just inquiring whether other members have made their own 78 shelving, as
> currently I am using steel shelving which is functional however not the
> best solution for my needs. Reason being the spacers required when
> dealing with 78's.
> Are there any particular recommendations for the gap between spacers,
> i.e. whether 6in is a good guide, and a certain kick board height, such
> as 4in for such at the bottom of the shelf - mind you with increasing
> age, the difficulty is reaching down & getting back up?
> I have no experience in creating shelving, so would appreciate any help
> in selecting the wood thickness for both shelf as well as spacers?  I'm
> thinking of a height around 6ft, with gap of 10-1/2in per shelf for
> housing the 78's with a 6in spacing for Dado joints - if better sizing
> would like to know?
> Thanks in advance,
> Gary
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