For those who are looking to build their own turntable, have a look at this gorgeous DIY Mango Turntable Build by Imgur user [Votedean]. As the name indicates, mango wood has been used for building this whimsical piece. It consists of Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable that’s resting on a mango plinth.
The wood plinth has been sourced from the people at Kamuela Hardwoods in Hawaii. The wood slab had some rot and termite damage throughout sapwood areas. Therefore, he used a hand chisel to carve out the affected areas. The design of the turntable is inspired by George Nakashima’s woodworking style.
All electrical components of the turntable are brilliantly arranged, out of the sight. But sadly, the DIY hacker has not clicked any pictures of cutting, drilling and routing. However, he says that all electrical parts are thoroughly tested and works really well. The hardest part of the entire construction process was to ensure that the proper geometry of the tonearm counterparts with the platter.
Two coats of Watco Danish Oil after first sanding adds more charm to its elegance. After 24 hours of soak, the DIY hacker further sanded the wood with 400 grit by hand, followed by a hand rub with 0000 steel wool. The finish has a beautiful matte appearance.
A NOS Shure V15VxMR cartridge is used to easily change styli on the fly. Plus, the addition of an acrylic platter (also from Pro-Ject) allows the viewers to see underlying motor and belt. The lighter platter on the darker stained wood gives this piece more welcoming appearance. What do you think about its sophisticated design? Do share your views in the comments below.
If you want to try building one for yourself, check out the full instructions on Imgur.