Building a Roundabout (Merry-go-round)





Introduction: Building a Roundabout (Merry-go-round)

I read with interest the It is impossible to buy a good merry-go-round. So I thought I share my old project were I build a Merry-go-round or roundabout.

My son likes roundabouts, roundabouts are expensive to buy and you do not get much for your money.

Time to get building …

Step 1: Materials

* An axle
* A circular piece of wood
* Screws
* More Screws
* Paint

The first two items I acquired using Freecycle. Freecycle is a a worldwide network of "gifting" groups, aiming to divert reusable goods from landfills.  Thanks to Aya and Richard (from Freecycle) for the chair and dining room table.

A chair gives a nice axle. The dining room table a nice circular piece of wood.

Step 2: Building

The dinning table was a circular table which could be expanded out to an oval shape. I used these extra leaves to level the base. Then screwed to this the old table top.

Step 3: The Base

Next give the table top a good sanding and paint. I also made a step/base around the roundabout.

Alas I had to buy some timber, which took the budget up a little. It was not too bad as B&Q cut the panels to size. The base is made in four quarters, so can be easily stacked away. In total there are legs (7 x 4) legs plus 5 anchor points for the securing the base. Thanks to PVG for lending me his saw to cut 33 legs.

I found some cheap (£2.50) children's chairs which were mounted on top.

Step 4: Painting and Final Inspection

The only thing left to do was paint it and do have the quality controller complete a final inspection

Step 5: Finished

Alas this roundabout is no longer. The wood only lasted three years outside, If I was building again I would treat the wood better. (or at least some treatment!). I had to hunt around for photos of the roundabout in use! I do have some very early videos on DVD of the boys playing and pushing each other.



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    12 Discussions

    I have two questions. First what was the thickness of your round table? Second how did you get it to spin

    Nicely done, and you are correct about the bearings on most Lazy Susans; they are meant for slow turning. I tried this with several Lazy Susans and it didn't last too long...

    Cool. And the puking begins!

    Did you have any issues with the kids falling off the red base?

    all you need now is an electric motor, to power it round, old battery tools run froma car battery should get them moving.!!!
    great project...

    That intro picture makes it look like somebody has been going around and around and around and around and around and around for just a little bit too long :-) Very cool project!