About: Professionally I have been a summer camp counselor, a Draftsman/designer, salesperson, bicycle mechanic, laminate flooring machine mechanic, teacher, and designer of the OP Loftbed. Personally I am a human...

This is not my idea.  My grandfather made many for himself and friends.  Possibly not his idea either, but as he past it on, so shall I.

It is a good way to organize small bits and pieces and get them high enough to be out of the way but still be seen and accessed.

Step 1: Materials

Step 2: Center Spinny Piece

The center spinny piece works best if it balances out.  You could make it 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, whatever sides but I made mine 4 sides.  I glued and screwed two two by fours together to make one four by four.  Make your center spinny piece long enough to hold as many containers as you like.  I mounted the lids to the center spinny piece with two smalish screws per lid.  Make sure to leave enough space between the lids to spin the containers to unscrew them from the lids.  Also leave enough space at the ends to clear the side pieces so that the center spinny piece can spin, otherwise it would not be a spinny piece.  I just used two biggish screws to mount and be the axle of the center spinny piece, I think #10 x 3". One each end. I put one washer on the outside of the side piece, to keep the screw head from pushing into the soft plywood and two washers between the side piece and the center spinny piece to reduce friction. You may want to wait till step four, while you are putting the mounting pieces and side pieces together.

Step 3: Side Pieces

I made my side pieces from half inch thick plywood.  Again dimensions are up to you.  Make sure that it will hold the center spinny piece and the attached containers far enough from the attachment pieces that it will remain spinny.  Making sure the spinny piece stays spinny is important.

Step 4: Mounting Pieces

I used two two by fours cut slightly longer than the center spinny piece, so that once everything is assembled, there would be room for a couple of washers on each end of the center spinny piece to reduce friction.  Once I was happy with fit and clearances, I glued and screwed the mounting pieces to the side pieces.  Also this is where I mounted the center spinny piece described in step 2.  I just used two biggish screws to mount and be the axle of the center spinny piece, I think #10 x 3". One each end. I put one washer on the outside of the side piece, to keep the screw head from pushing into the soft plywood and two washers between the side piece and the center spinny piece to reduce friction.

Step 5: Mount to the Wall/ceiling

Once you are happy that your spinning organizer works, it is time to put it almost out of reach.  I found it best to mount on a wall using longish screws thru the mounting pieces into the wall studs.  Once again making sure the center spinny piece with containers remains spinny.

Step 6: Use It and Enjoy.

Now it is time to load the containers with all sorts of bits and pieces.  Try and balance it out or all the heavy pieces will end up on the bottom.  Now when you need something in the spinning almost out of reach organizer all you do is reach up, spin it till the container is on the bottom and unscrew the container.



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    My grandfather had several of these of different sizes. He use baby food jars for the tiny screws and such. To help keep the lids from cracking from weight, you could use washers with the mounting screws to help distribute the pressure better. But great ible. Thank you for keeping the idea alive.


    Me grad father's basement workbench had individual jars attached to the underside of shelves. I've wanted to do something like this except use discarded conveyor belt on either end of the wood spars; attached like the seats on a fairis wheel for some serious vertical storage. A motor added to it would be pretty neat too! If I ever get 'round to it, I'll post it here.....now where did I put that conveyor belt........oh yeah, recyling fire hose would work too.

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    I have seen something similar in a baker's oven. Also Wall-E had a cool rotating storage thing in his "house". Can't wait to hear how it turns out.



    This is awesome! My husband makes organizers like this. It sure saves the space. You can find things easily! Love it! Have a great day!

    I thought the same thing immediately! You could even cut out a few steps and purchase an under-the-cabinet paper towel rack, and replace the dowel with a square one. And use baby food jars. So excited to do this!

    Yea, would need a hex or octagonal mounting beam though, for higher capacity and less wasted space.

    of course identification would be fun if you go more than 8 sides...

    That would be awesome if you used a miter saw and built a 6- or 8- sided base. (Or any other number....)

    I think this would be a great project for my sewing/craft room. I have lots of buttons, snaps and other little bits that need organizing! Thanks for sharing!

    Good ideal for a vertical direction and using bins, kind of like a carousel!

    I'm thinking of making a version for my kids rooms. perfect for all the little stuff.

    BEFORE we hang it on the wall --- hit it with a can of your favorite spray paint
    :-) :-)

    My guess is most of us do NOT paint our projects because we are not quite sure IF we have put ALL of our finishing touches/pieces on the project....until after we have used it for a while...by then we are off on other projects. :-( :-0

    The military paints 'anything that doesn't move' either GRAY or GREEN.
    (sorry NAVY guys --- Blue is just too colorful for garage projects)

    My favorite color is RED...somethimes YELLOW... or PURPLE...But don't use GRAY, GREEN, NAVY BLUE...those colors are already spoken for !

    Probably not the best idea to be mounting these with PLASTIC lids if ANYTHING expected to be heavy, such as the glass container itself, fully loaded jar with screws, bolts, coinage and etc, or fully canned foods. The wear and tear would eventually rip the lid apart.

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    I used 780g plastic peanut butter containers. I have a couple full of bolts, no worries. The lids take a 1 1/2 turn to go on. Most glass containers I have only take 1/4 turn. I was a little concerned because I only had enough smallish screws to use two per lid. The lids flexed a bit and felt flimsy, but when the containers are fully screwed on, they stiffen the lids up and feel secure. I admit I do stand cautiously to the side while spinning it, especially with the sound of all the pieces rattling around.

    Wow, this takes me back. I was about 5 or 6 and trying to "make" one of these like the one in Daddy's workshop, but nailing the baby food jars under the (nice) shelf with only one nail. And making a real big ugly mess. I was so upset because the jars just spun around. So my Dad showed my how I had to put TWO nails in each jar lid - under Mother's NICE shelf. Then we were both in trouble, but so worth it. Great memories, and thanks for the sophisticated spinning version.