|Project by Tooch||posted 05-18-2013 01:35 PM||1396 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Ok fellas, I could use some help here.
I’m trying to get some new project ideas ready for next school year so I can get the orders placed in time. One concept for our “Glue-up” unit was to do a lazy susan. Before I start any project with the kids, I like to do one myself to learn where all the trouble areas are, so I put together what you see here. The wood is nothing special, just some scrap maple and mahogany we had laying around the shop… but I do have a few areas that are open for suggestions.
First- the octagonal board measures 16”x16” and the hardware is 4”x4”. The hardware is rated at like 400 lbs or something so it can hold the weight of whatever will be put on it, but will tip onto the table if the weight isn’t distributed evenly. So, do you think I should (A) buy larger hardware (like 6”x6”), (B) make the board smaller (maybe 12”x12”) or© Just leave it the way it is.
Second- I struggled to think of anything to put on the bottom part of the hardware. I didn’t want to leave the metal bare, as I was afraid it might scratch the surface of whatever it was sitting on. I didn’t want to use 3/4” stock underneath because I thought it would be raised to high off the table, and any stock that was thinner would be hard to find screws short enough to attach it. I found some cork that had an adhesive back and decided to go with it. It keeps the low clearance, and also protects the surface under it, but I question the durability of it.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, just remember that the budget is also a concern… if I buy hardware that is only $2 more, when you multiply that by 50 kids that’s another hundred bucks… yikes!
Thanks for looking!
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