Intro: Building a Roundabout (Merry-go-round)
I read with interest the https://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Disassemble-a-Merry-Go-Round/ 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
* More Screws
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.