Rotary Filing System

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Project by trotter posted 09-08-2012 01:29 PM 3119 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project may not win a prize for beauty, but that was not the objective. My business involves shipping animals all over the world, and every enquiry opens a new file. Although all are on computer, there is a mass of hard copy original documents that have to be stored, such as vet certificates and pedigrees, invoices, Air Waybills etc. I would spend my day getting up and down filing items as they came in. Being naturally lazy, the papers would build up on the desk ‘to file later’. ‘Later’ often resulted in unnecessary overtime trying to catch up, quite apart from trying to find papers that were not yet filed away.

This project is made entirely of recycled items, except for one sheet of ¼ inch ply (simply because I did not have enough). The top and bottom are cut from a very large dog box that came in from England. You can still see the ventilation holes and the This Way Up arrows. A rotary bookcase was thrown out of a building that provided the base and (very superior) lazy Susan. It was made to carry a heavy load and had a slight friction that prevented the whole thing spinning like a Ferris Wheel. This was mounted on 4 wheels (salvaged from a skip) and the whole contraption now rolls under a desk and encourages me to file and retrieve a paper with greater dispatch. Since there are so many verticals, they only needed glue along the edges and it came out really strong rather like a torsion box.

My work colleagues may laugh, but it works, and I get away on time.

-- I wish I could sell my experience for half the price it has cost me.

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 01:41 PM

Smart solution to your problem. Used to be we were called pack rats for salvaging materials, now it is”GREEN” and we are recycling!
Have you noticed that 30 year old hardware is still useful but 5 year old hardware is junk.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 02:01 PM

That is really cool. Be careful, the kids will want to ride on it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 02:08 PM

excellent smarter not harder what i always say!!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 09-08-2012 02:13 PM

Trotter, I really like your design idea and it looks great! If I hadn’t read your post, I would have never guessed it was made from all recycled materials. You’ve given me a great idea for my cludder of 3 ring binders. Thanks for posting.

-- John @

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#5 posted 09-08-2012 02:27 PM

Very interesting and infact very godd and practical solution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 05:33 PM

Functional means an awful lot. That is the type of storage we have for medical records at our nurse stations. Works great.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 09:14 PM

Well, the goal has been met: it does the job. As for cosmetics, you can always veneer and side-band it. Your colleagues may laugh, but they will never find a better solution than yours, period. Consider your idea copied in advance :D

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 11:00 PM

Your coworkers may laugh now, but I’d bet that if you announced you were retiring and taking your rotary file with you, they’d be screaming mad! Geat job

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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