Building high-end 'tables cheap at Home Despot II

“For those who want the moon but can't afford it or those who can afford it but like to have fun and work with their hands, I'm willing to give out a recipe for a true high-end 'table which is easy to do, and fun to make as sky's the limit on design/creativity! The cost of materials, including 'table, is roughly $200 (depending, more or less), and add to that a Rega tonearm. The results are astonishing. I'll even tell/show you how to make chipboard look like marble and fool and impress all your friends. If there's interest I'll get on with this project, if not, I'll just continue making them in my basement. The next one I make will have a Corian top and have a zebra stripe pattern! Fun! Any takers?”

The Lead in “Da Thread” as posted by Johnnantais - 2-01-04

Let the saga continue. Sail on, oh ships of Lenco!
Hi Oregon,
Thanks for the condolences. I emailed Sakura Systems with my
problem with the broken arm wire. Yoshi the importer responded like lightning and advised that a new harness is
US 25 plus shipping. I should be able to do the replacement
myself. According to the instructions he wrote, I should be able to fit the tiny wires and solder them to their respective positions. A little dexterity is required and
CARE not damage the new harness as you install it back.
To me, the price seems very reasonable, seeing as this wire is impossible to find. I am ordering two, one for back up.
Also,I think not having to ship the arm is a bonus. I have gone back and forth with emails with Yoshi the last few days, and so far my impression is that he is a proffesional and gentleman.
Thanks Grant I'll check out Home Hardware for the CAMEO.
Good to hear. I would not trust MY soldering skills with the fine wires.
Keep us posted and good luck.
Hi all, just a quickie here Tessera: I went to an Independent Grocer and found Cameo right there on the shelf, also often found in Loeb's or Loblaws, if not indeed at the Home Hardware. Rubber Renew is found at electronics stores, but lacquer thinner - also at Home Hardware :-) - is just as good.

The Lenco/RS-A1/Denon DL-103 combo is one of the most ELECTRIFYING and exciting/musical combos I have ever heard, and the RS tonearm SO good that the Denon on it matches a state-of-the-art cartridge on almost any other tonearm in terms of detail! Given their respective prices, a helluva bargain, especially when you throw in the Mighty Lenco :-)!! If a thief were to break into my home and steal every tonearm and cartridge I had, but left the RS/Denon behind, I could easily live with it as my sole combo for the rest of my life, it does NOTHING wrong, musically-speaking. The JMW with a good MC, however, is more perfectly balanced and neutral (The RS is not strictly neutral), so it's sophistication vs DRAMA and fire (not that the JMW/MC -- and various MMs - is lacking in excitement). Another great combo is the MG-1/Dyna 17D MKIII, which together on the Lenco is FIRE AND balance!! Likely other great combos out there too (low-mass/Grado, RS/MM, etc.)!

Enjoy your idlers all!!
Hi Kravi4ka,

Not sure whether your question got answered. Make the armboard 1/8" to 3/16" thinner than your plinths top layer.
This will be about 3 - 5 mm. 5/8th should be fine if you'll be attaching the armboard directly to the second layer.

- Mario