About: I am an author and a maker. My current project is Santa's Shop. I'm working on a science fiction type book--more later. @EngineerRigsby
With all the snow and ice, I thought people might need something sunny in their lives.


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Step 1: Outside Piece

Use 1/4 inch plywood, 22 inches from tip to tip.  The square in the center is 5 inches by 5 inches.

Step 2: Medium Piece

This piece, 1/4 inch plywood, 18 inches tip to tip, is the actual rotating piece.

Step 3: Smiling

Again use 1/4 inch plywood (14.5 inches tip to tip) with a couple of wood button eyes.

Step 4: Lazy Susan

Attache a lazy susan to the back of the smiling face. note the 4 wood (1/4 inch plywood) spacers that keep the turning part slightly away from the face.

Step 5:

Place small machine screws through the holes.

Step 6:

Note the wood screw that fastens the spacer to the face.

Step 7:

This is the toughest piece.  It is threaded stock into which I drilled a hole and tapped a set screw.  Note that the screw is crooked (not intentional, just my lack of ability when working with steel).

Step 8:

This is a geared dc motor (low rpm) with a nice shaft.  Whatever you can find that will turn the wood will work.

Step 9:

A bolt that fits into the threaded stock is tightly placed into the middle size (18 inch) piece.

Step 10:

This is a bit of a puzzle, but with patience you can slide the four machine screws from the lazy susan through 4 holes in the middle sized wood piece.

Step 11:

The four machine screws and the bolt are protruding.

Step 12:

Finger tighten the nuts on the machine screws.  Since you can't get underneath with a screwdriver, hold the threaded part with small pliers while you tighten the nut.

Step 13:

Drill holes in the wall for the motor shaft and mounting screws (some wall where you can access the back side).

If married, wait until your spouse is out of the house or ask permission (depends on your relationship and how much you want to enhance it).

Step 14:

Here's the backside.

Step 15:

Attach the finely tooled adapter to the motor shaft.

Step 16:

Add velcro to the large (22 inch) piece--back side.

Step 17:

Stick the back piece to the wall  Align an imaginary line between the tips with the motor shaft.

Step 18:

Thread the bolt into the motor adapter.

Step 19:

It should look like this.  Note that the front two pieces are pretty much free to rotate willy nilly.

Step 20:

Poke a hole in some velcro and attach a piece of fishing line.

Step 21:

Attache the velcro/line piece to the top point on the "face star."

Step 22:

Insert a hook in the ceiling above the pointed star.  Fasten the other end of the fishing line to this hook.  This will keep the front piece from rotating.

Step 23:

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    video please?
    this looks really awesome, i want to see it in action :D

    you could use a motor from a turntable microwave too, they are much smaller than the motor you used here, it could even possibly make it so you dont have to drill very many holes...

    11 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I tried again to youtube and got a different embed code--I think this works. Thanks for your assistance. 

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    yep, it works.
    just another though here, could you exclude the fishing line and just put a weight on the bottom-most point on the front part of the sun?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Please excuse me for clogging up your box with replies, but I'm going to remove the "less than" sign in front of the code.

    iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    ok here we go, i chose the "use old embed code" option, and it works, see if it works for you too.

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    sorry. "rich editor" button at the top.

    id doesn't seem to work, i tried your code with and without the " marks and with and without the < sign at the start, it just shows the embed code and nothing else... wierd...
    let me see if i can get it to work with one of my videos...


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    its ok, i get all of my replies in one email. im not sure whats going on with the embed code, i havent ever used it before, in the "more options" dialog at the top of the comment poster, there is a button called "embed video", have you tried that?

    thats about all i can think would work...


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    My embed code didn't show up in the reply--let me try again. Below I have pasted the code and I can see three lines of code before I hit the post comment button.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I've been trying to embed a youtube video--but it's not working. I use this embed code:

    after I click the little movie icon.

    I can then see the movie in the edit mode, but it disappears in preview.

    Any ideas about what's going on?