Rotary file cabinets

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Project by sowades posted 11-13-2009 05:18 AM 1941 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We ran out of wall space for our patient files at the community dental clinic, so I built these rotary cabinets instead. They are 24×24 x 82 and are mounted on a 12” “lazy susan” bearing. The top mount is my own design, turned a donut on the lathe and then turned a socket to hold it down. The purpose of the top mount is just to keep the cabinet from tipping over if pushed on.

-- Spencer

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 05:27 AM

That’s a great idea! You’ve effectively doubled the wall space, and they look nice.

I wonder how much load the lazy susan hardware can take?

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 05:32 AM

Very clever. I bet my kids could spin these fast enough to have all of the files come flying out.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 11-14-2009 04:26 AM

very cool Spence See ya in dec

-- Rico Durnell Woodworker

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 04:44 AM

Great job Spencer

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 05:39 PM

Very good engineering, I would never thought of the lazy susan. I take it that the units are accessible from both sides which would double the storage space. Great job. p.s. I’d watch the centrifical force

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 07:40 PM

The lazy susans are rated for 1000 lbs.

-- Spencer

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 04:08 PM

cool idea. I like the 1000 lbs. lazy susans.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 06:18 PM

Like it , great idea!

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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