Rotary Box

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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-26-2013 11:01 PM 2253 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My rotary box works great, but I was never sure what to do with it. So when I published the project with Tom Caspar in the Aug/Sep 2013 issue of Woodworker’s Journal, we decided to turn it (oops) into a contest. There were almost a thousand suggested uses, and Crazy Susan, a kitchen counter rack for exotic spices, was the eventual winner. The winner received a set of gauge blocks from Woodpeckers and a copy of Matthias Wandel’s gear generator program.

Tom was reluctant to publish it until I made a video to show how it works.
The helicopter sound clip seemed to be appropriate.

My younger brother Pete was actually the genius behind the final build. He’s the one who suggested the cage of dowels around the driveshaft, and laying up the plates as 6-part, radial pinwheels.

Confession is good for the soul, and we published it under both of our names :)

That’s Pete applying the mini “pinch dogs” while we were gluing up one of the plates.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 12:17 AM

Nice storage cabinet for littles John! I can see me wasting a lot of time just playing with it. Mad skills must run in your family! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 12:28 AM

Not sure what I’d use it for, but it sure is cool! Another great design.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 12:42 AM

I’d pass that comment along to my brother, Candy, but the institution only lets me visit once a month. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 01:11 AM

What a cool idea. I am fascinated by anything with working gears

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 01:18 AM

Great work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 03:59 AM

I thought it was really cool when I saw it in the magazine.
It’s funny but I feel happy knowing the author is a member of LJ.

I was thinking of making one to hold spices in the kitchen; We seem to be running out of space fast :)

Thank you for sharing with us.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 05:50 AM

That is really cool. Great job and very creative

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 11:06 AM

This is a very nice project John. My first thought was that it would make a really cool storage place for scroll saw blades.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 01:19 PM

Funny that you suggested that use, Mike. That’s exactly how my brother’s using it. He likes to whip out a blade when he has visitors in his shop without ever saying a word. “What? Doesn’t everyone store their blades this way?” :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 01:55 PM

This is really cool. what if the “doors” held k-cups for a keurig coffee maker, and if you add a lazy susan to the bottom you could spin the whole thing to select a k-cup. Thanks a lot for the inspiration John!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#11 posted 12-27-2013 02:26 PM

Great idea, Mike! You should have entered the contest.
I like to think of the box as the most complicated way to store just about anything.
LumberJocks don’t need no stinkin’ easy way. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#12 posted 12-27-2013 08:51 PM

Cool. Consider my mind blown! That will surely require talent and time. Can’t imagine the patience went into it.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 12-27-2013 11:10 PM

Great solution, an idea that gives inspiration to new and emerging creative practical ideas, thanks for showing …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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