Sunday, April 22, 2012

DIY Heavy Duty Motorized Turntable. Video details of construction included.

I had some time to tinker in the shop today and I prototyped a project that has been on my list for a while. Several months ago I built a turntable from a small wind up motor. I used the turntable for drying small scroll saw projects after spray finish was applied. I would sit the project on the table, wind it up and let it turn while a fan blew it dry. It worked but it was far from a heavy duty turntable. I wanted something better. I wanted it to be strong enough to turn several pounds. If it would then the turntable could serve a dual purpose. It could still be used in my spray booth but it could also be used to showcase projects in a sales display.

I have been on the lookout for a high torque low rpm motor for some time to build a better version of the turntable. These low rpm motors are hard to find at a reasonable price. I wanted it to be 110v AC so I could just plug it into the wall. Today I stumbled upon the perfect solution. A cheap motor that I could buy locally.

The picture above is a rotisserie kit I purchased at Lowes for $30 + tax. The motor runs at about 2 RPM and has enough torque to turn even heavy projects. While I was at Lowes I picked up a 12 inch round table top, lazy susan bearing and I was all set.

The video below will give you the details of how I put this project together. There are no plans and you really don't need any. If you plan to use the turntable for display then you will want to build a better looking box to hold the motor and table. I threw this together quickly and was not going for looks, just function.

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She Said Yes.

This pattern book has patterns for the years 1950-2019. It's just a simple way to remember the day when she said yes. 

Its been a long day for my wife and I. We went to lunch with friends and on the way home we were in an accident. Luckily everyone is okay but my wife had to make a trip in an ambulance to the hospital. She has previous neck injuries that has left her on disability and when we were rear ended she had quite a whiplash.

After a few hours in the ER including a CT scan and X-rays they decided there were no further injury. That was great news but of course there has to be more follow up with her surgeon so we have to keep our fingers crossed a little longer.

The whole incident gave me an up close look at our local Police, Fire and EMTs. It's hard to understand how much you appreciate these guys until you need them quickly. The first police cruiser was onsite within a couple minutes of the accident. The firetruck was only a couple minutes after that. The first officer onsite was quick to get things under control and reassure my wife and I that more help was on the way. The firemen took immediate measure to protect my wife's neck and make sure she was as comfortable as possible. When the EMT's arrived they took over and got her to the hospital quickly.

I drive a Ford F150 Suprecrew and I have to say it held up like a tank. The car that rear ended us had major front end damage but my truck looked undamaged until close inspection. The rear bumper will have to be replaced but unless there is frame damage that's about all that will be needed.

I'm also a big believer in seat belts and today makes me even more so. My wife would have been in the windshield with out the seat belt. We were at a stop and the car that hit us was traveling 20 to 30 mph. The impact was pretty hard.I don't even put a car in drive until everyone has there seat belt buckled. If your reading this please use your seat belt. I truly believe it prevented major injury to my wife and possibly myself today.

I just want to publicly say thanks to the Lexington KY Police, Fire and EMT departments.  

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