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Attention Baby Boomers – Repurpose Your Old Record Albums Without Ruining The Album Or Its Cover!


Rabbet Cutting and Mounting Albums

Have you ever heard of a rabbet cut? I hadn’t either, but apparently they create a recess in a piece of wood to be able to insert something else such as an album cover! The steps below are shortened for quick viewing, but we will provide a link to assist you better in this project once you decide to get started.

Step 5

Make a Rabbet Cut: Because my frames were very thick (about 1 inch), I wanted to create a recess along the inside of each frame to hold the albums in place. Apparently this is called a rabbet cut by woodworking experts, and can easily be done using a table saw. I adjusted the blade so that the cut would be 3/4″ deep and adjusted the fence right next to the blade.


Step 6

Continue Cutting:  Continue making rabbet cuts for all 32 sides.

Step 7

Assemble Frames: Apply wood glue to each corner and use a finishing nail gun to nail both sides of each corner.


Step 8

Install Hanging Hardware: The width of each finished frame was roughly 17 inches, so on the back of my frame I measured 8-1/2-inches at the top and marked the center. I wanted my hanging hardware to be 1 inch from the top of the frame so I measured 1 inch down on each side of my center mark and drew a line across to mark precisely where to hammer in the hardware.

Step 9

Paint Washers: Because I didn’t want to destroy any records in the process of this project, I found some washers to insert in the center of each record which would fasten each record onto a square of mat board.


Step 10

Fasten Records to Mat Board: I cut four squares of mat board to 12-6/16-inches so that they would fit snug inside the frames. I used a tape measure to find and mark the center of each square. Insert the washer through the mat board and fasten on the backside.


Step 11

Hang Frames and Enjoy: Hang up on your favorite wall.

We really enjoyed this gem shared by Dana Dalrymple on DIYNetwork.  For more detailed instructions of this project (and you will need them), please visit Dana’s blog post here.


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