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Old 17th Nov 2023, 9:58 pm   #1
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Default Leg Bracket Placement For Self Contained Record Players

I've been working on a Dansette Major that has been fitted with after-market mounting plates for screw on legs.

They have been fitted in such a way that the Major resembles a small vaulting horse when on its legs.

I would like to remount the plates to a more conventional 45deg. position but I'm not sure how to do this accurately.

Any guidance would be welcome.
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Old 17th Nov 2023, 11:14 pm   #2
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Default Re: Leg Bracket Placement For Self Contained Record Players

I’ve just built a stand for a 1960s TV using Dansette legs. Assuming I’ve understood you correctly, To get the 45 degree angle I just used the 45 degree portion of a saw handle, penciled it onto the bottom, and lined the front edges of the plates up and screwed them in. It worked a treat, and took minutes to finish.

Not the best of photos but it should show how it turned out.

Would love the see the final results!
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Old 18th Nov 2023, 11:30 am   #3
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Default Re: Leg Bracket Placement For Self Contained Record Players

It sounds like you've positioned the plates so that the splay is side to side rather than corner to corner.

With the cabinet upside down, if you remove a plate, screw a leg into it, place the plate on the base of the cabinet and rotate the plate position so that the splay is angled outwards from the corner to corner rather than side to side, then mark the mounting holes, which should sort things out.

I've attached a rough sketch to show what I mean. the Sketch exaggerates the extent of the splay to make the point. The degree of splay of genuine Dansette legs isn't very marked, as you'll see on this example of a totally refurbished Bermuda at the Dansette Products Ltd website. Don't look at the price! (it's sold anyway):

https://www.dansette.com/product-page/dansette-bermuda

Dansette leg plates are here:

https://www.dansette.com/product-page/leg-plates

Note the comments that some Dansettes had hardboard bases without strengthening blocks, so legs can't be fitted unless the base is suitably strengthened by gluing blocks in. The models which had plywood bases had corner reinforcing blocks fitted to support the legs.

Hope that might help a bit.
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Default Re: Leg Bracket Placement For Self Contained Record Players

Reminds me of that Beny Hill? sketch where TV's come to life and start walking on their legs.
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Old 20th Nov 2023, 12:39 pm   #5
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Default Re: Leg Bracket Placement For Self Contained Record Players

Excellent points, thanks for the help.

I used the 45deg part of a carpenters square to find the corner then lined up the plates along the line I drew.

I don't actually have the legs for this so I hope things line up correctly!
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