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In this Instructable I'll show you how to create a turntable for use with your video camera. See it in action on YouTube.

The Story

When I finish a project I like to show it off like a proud papa. The Pill Reminder is now available under Creative Commons license for anyone to make. It's time to show off.

The case design went through a number of iterations and I kept every one. How about a video that slowly dissolves one case into the next? But static videos are dull; I decided to spice it up by having each version of the case rotate. Where would I get a turntable?

My first thought was to use a wind up microwave turntable, but my local kitchen gadget store didn't have one. The helpful clerk suggested using a record player. Good idea but I'd have to gear down the 45 rpms to something that would look good on video. Luckily my nearby Goodwill store didn't have any old record players and I was left to paw through their shelves of small appliances.

My eye found an old electric popcorn popper with a sweeper arm to move the kernels around. I plugged it in and it worked! A slowly revolving spindle was now mine for the nice price of $2.00.

Now I'll give you the steps to turn your old popcorn popper into a sweet videographer's turntable.

Step 1: Gather Parts

You will need:

  1. The base of an old electric popcorn popper.
  2. A 24x18 inch 3mm plywood sheet
  3. Electrician's tape
  4. Wood glue
  5. Wire cutters
  6. laser cutter (I used one at my local TechShop)
  7. CorelDraw software
  8. Medium coarse metal rasp

If your popcorn popper base has a heater in it, then you will need to disable it. Take the base apart any way you can. Locate the heating coils and disable them. If you cut wires YOU MUST tape them so that they cannot touch the case. It is very dangerous to have loose electrical wires dangling around the inside of your project. If you are not sure you can do this safely, then get help from someone who knows what they are doing.

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