Desktop Carousel for wife

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Project by WoodChips_Mac posted 09-13-2013 01:47 PM 5404 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife found a desktop carousel at a hobby store and thought it would work perfectly to hold her stuff for homeschooling our kids. The hobby store wanted $45…it was on sale for $26. Mine cost…$0. I’ll explain. A company I used to work for got new machines in all the time for customers. The crates they came in were just like storage chests, made from a pallet and 1/4” plywood. I brought them home and repurposed them into cabinets and storage chests. I have since redone the shop and those had to go but I kept the wood. Because it was just plywood and it had “Made in Sweden” stamped on it, I decided I had no choice but to paint it. Since it will be holding pens, pencils, crayons, and such, we chose black so that marks wouldnt show up as much.

This is my first attempt at anything like this…never cut angles before, just about every cut was an angle on this one and it proved to be a challenge. I went thru enough stock to have built this thing 3x :). Because of the angles it was hard to get a clamp to stay on it so I had to use tape, I was surprised how well it worked. I went thru nearly a whole roll of tape since that was the only way I could get it to stay together while I checked fit.

It measures…15” x 13 1/16” x 5 9/16”.

There is a removable divider for the middle (not pictured). It sits on a 6” lazy susan so that it can spin around for easy access to the stuff.

All in all I think it came out pretty good and will serve its purpose. I think we may get some label holders to put on the outside to label where stuff goes and also to dress it up so it doesnt look so plain.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Still Learning"

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 01:52 PM

I like it. Too many angles for me to attempt.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 01:54 PM

Technically there is only one angle :)...just several cuts at that angle :).

-- "Still Learning"

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 01:24 PM

Cool holder! It’s a functional build. Great idea on the lazy susan, convenient to use. Well done!

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