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After successfully making his own delightfully funky but functional US$5 wooden tonearm, German maker Charles Altmann decided to keep a-goin and try his hand at creating a wooden turntable to go with it. He built the whole thing for around $50.

The Altmann DIY Turntable [via No Tech Magazine]

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. James Grahame says:

    Hi Gareth, This is James from I spend many hours hunting for cool projects like this one, which I posted last week. I’d appreciate a link back, rather than a hat-tip to someone who found it on our blog.

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    But that’s where *I* found it, not on retrothing, so that’s where I linked. I just subscribed to your RSS feed, so from now on, anything that I do get from your site will most definitely get a link-back.