Introduction: Building a 6'x6' Turntable

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I built a big turntable to gather nude photos as anatomy reference for my crazy sculpting project. As 4' x 4' seems a little bit too small for a full spectrum of poses I decided to make it 6' x 6'.

Step 1: Slabs

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Cut two 4' x 8', 3/4" thick oak plywood boards (about $45 each) to two 3' x 6' boards.

Step 2: Beams

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Then cut three 12 ft. long, 2 in. x 6 in. wood bars (about $7 each) into halves to have six 6 ft. bars to connect those two boards.

Step 3: Connectors

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To make sure the table sturdy I used sixty 7" L-angle connectors (about $3 each) and drilled about four hundreds screws. That might have been overkill though.

Step 4: Casters

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The funnest part was attaching casters. I used sixteen Titan polyurethane rigid casters (about $10 each).

Step 5: Ready for Photo Shoot With Models!

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As long as casters are oriented along the circumferences of concentric circles, the turntable will rotate around that center.

Comments

mr.incredible (author)2014-09-21

I'm looking for a cheap turntable for plastic wrapping shipping pallets at work. I bet this will work great for that purpose. How much weight do you suspect it will handle. I suppose I could just add more castors. More castors would disperse the weight better.

Hi mr.incredible, it's crazily sturdy. I once put three models on it simultaneously and it worked just fine. This one costs me roughly $500, but I bet you could reduce the cost by nailing the beams directly to the boards instead of using connectors.

arobinson34 (author)2014-09-20

Great idea, had an need for something like this lurking in my head for a motor bike turnstile. Will have to give it a go . thanks

mushogenshin (author)arobinson342014-09-28

Thanks arobinson34. I'm looking forward to see yours. Best of lucks!

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-20

Awesome, I bet it works perfectly for your needs. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks MsSweetSatisfaction! Yes, it works great as expected. I would love to share some turntable clips I've done recently, but I think I should finish my sculptures before then.

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