With the gallery expanding into a cafe, I thought now is as good a time as any to try my hand at starting my own business, and thus ARTpool Records was born! Using my remaining PTO hours from my job, I hand built four rugged industrial plywood and 2x4 record displays, with the help of furniture designer Robert Zurn.
The general strategy was to construct the bottom portion of the displays first, which were set on castors--then construct the top portion and attach it to the bottom. We used Simpson Strong-Ties to construct the frames--they were easy to use and are quite sturdy.
Each display uses two full sheets of plywood--we used maple because of the similar color to the 2x4's. Finally we finished the wood with an acrylic-based lacquer, due to the metal elements being sensitive to normal lacquer composition.
The displays look amazing in our new shop section, which now includes a cafe and craft beer bar! It's pretty much all my favorite things in one building, so needless to say I'm much happier than I was when "working for the man". Come visit soon!