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  1. #21
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    Here's my system sitting on lack tables, with legs reduced where required. I have been using them for over 15 years now. They're great as they are strong but feather light and store no energy.

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  2. #22
    Join Date: May 2012

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    The top and the shelf are hollow , not ideal for anything weighty
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  3. #23
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    can take a lot of weight tbh..i can stand on mine. trick with leg screws is to put the screw in chuck of drill and drive it in deep.
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  4. #24
    Join Date: May 2016

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    My tuppence worth ...

    The Lack tops are good because they are low mass and non-resonant. Problem is the legs. They are also made of a compressed fibre and the method of attaching to the top is weak (single self tapping screw liable to loosen over time).

    Although I no longer have it, when I was working overseas I cannibalised a few lack tables to make a hifi support. I replaced the standard legs with an open lattice pine framework and a three point mounting system for each top. The footprint of the frame was slightly bigger than the tops (three in a row) so that the top of the Lack tops were level with the frame uprights. This bigger footprint afforded greater stability and the three point mounting further helped with stability.

    As someone else has commented, the Lack tops are like a poor man's Torlyte. For that reason I find that they work better when resting on spikes rather than rigidly coupled with screws. A one pence coin glued to the three mounting points stops any spikes from sinking into the soft material, and a small indent in each coin made with a metal punch creates a neat dimple to stop the tops from slipping.

    Geoff

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    Join Date: Aug 2012

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    I only use a Lack table for my printer and it only cost me £7 for the oak finish

    They are so lightweight but do seem very strong but I hadn't thought of putting any hifi on it, great idea

    I've just purchased some of these M6 inserts for my Maggie bracket/plinths



    These are the unheaded version but they are also available with a flange. They are self tapping with a hex drive

    I don't know if they would screw into the Lack legs so it can take M6 spikes/feet etc
    Bev


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  6. #26
    Join Date: Aug 2011

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    Here is my rack made from Lack tables:

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    Back when I made this (around 2014) the legs were hollow except for a solid block near the screw end. The tables are hollow except for each corner there is a solid block of chipboard/mdf. I intially just had them sitting atop each other with blu-tac but decided to go all out and use spikes which have adjustments. I'm now able to level each tier independantly. To add strength I ordered some solid hardwood blocks, cut to fit inside the hollow legs. These were a slight tight fit (could have done with being .5mil smaller!) but I also squirted tons of gorilla pva glue inside. I also drilled countersunk holes for the spike shoes to sit inside each corner.

    I've a lot of weight on it (amps are 13kg each, turntable must be at least 15kg with the added plinth). No problems so far and it's been standing fine ever since I built it. Not sure how the weight is distributed but I would guess at the 4 corners mainly, hence why I made sure the legs are now solid wood (albeit with a cheap paper/board exterior finish ).

    If you haven't access to a circular saw, try a mitre saw as that is what I used to saw in a straight line.

  7. #27
    Join Date: May 2016

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_LDT View Post
    Here is my rack made from Lack tables:

    20180403_113525.jpg

    20180403_113620.jpg

    Back when I made this (around 2014) the legs were hollow except for a solid block near the screw end. The tables are hollow except for each corner there is a solid block of chipboard/mdf. I intially just had them sitting atop each other with blu-tac but decided to go all out and use spikes which have adjustments. I'm now able to level each tier independantly. To add strength I ordered some solid hardwood blocks, cut to fit inside the hollow legs. These were a slight tight fit (could have done with being .5mil smaller!) but I also squirted tons of gorilla pva glue inside. I also drilled countersunk holes for the spike shoes to sit inside each corner.

    I've a lot of weight on it (amps are 13kg each, turntable must be at least 15kg with the added plinth). No problems so far and it's been standing fine ever since I built it. Not sure how the weight is distributed but I would guess at the 4 corners mainly, hence why I made sure the legs are now solid wood (albeit with a cheap paper/board exterior finish ).

    If you haven't access to a circular saw, try a mitre saw as that is what I used to saw in a straight line.
    An alternative is to ditch the standard legs and buy some timber from B&Q. They offer a free cutting service.

    Geoff

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    When I used to work for a Linn dealer many moons ago, they would recommend lack for their turntables
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  9. #29
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    Got my tt on a cutoff lack sitting on a ikea table.

    I cut the legs and fitted rubber inner boots. Also covered top in slate for less resonance as being hollow it can vibrate
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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  10. #30
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: West Yorkshire

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    I'm Andy.

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    I bought six tables, threaded inserts, wood (to go in the hollow legs), spikes and footers.
    The bottom two tables, the legs are the same length while the remaining four are different heights.
    Still have legs left so can alter if/when I change gear.

    Main system:

    Digital.
    Raspberry PI plus IQAudio DAC+. Philips DCC 730. NAS drive plus usb drives connected to the router.

    Analogue.
    Michell Orbe with arm decoupling kit. AudioNote Arm 1 V2. Goldring Elite MC and Cairn Boost

    Amp. Pure Sound A30
    Speakers. Reiver Jenna floor standers

    Spare system:
    Audiolab 8000a. 3 Lenco L75 turntables, assorted cartridges and arms. Garrard SP25 mk2.
    Loads of different cables of various value....

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