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Padriac Riley

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12-08-2015 10:21 PM

Hi all I’ve got a question on some hardware for a project I’m working up. I’m working up plans for a cabinet that will sit in a corner and hold all manner of my wife’s sewing notions – not everything but a good deal of it. It’s based on an old rotating cabinet the local lumber yard used to have for hardware. This years ago before Deopt and Lowes put them out of business so I cannot just go have a look under the hood unfortunately.

The basic unit will be a square pedestal with a drawer 20”x20”x14” and an upper portion that will be an octagon 30” tall and be 20” in diameter. The top portion will have drawers going up and down each face except three faces the whole height will be false and hinged like a door to allow for organizing taller bits like crochet needles. I need the upper portion to be able to rotate around and my initial thought was for one of those flat swivel bearings they make for bar stools. I even found a few meant for really fat bar patrons that will hold 1000lbs for under $30.00.

My concern with those was the height resting above the bearing. Is it in danger of twisting off with the weight when loaded up? (There will be far less than 1000lbs on it) Those bearings are meant for bar stools that will have most their rated weight resting and spinning above them so I’m tempted to think it will be fine but is there some better arrangement? I found some mountable bearings that I could mount inside the octagon portion top and bottom to spin around a steel pole mounted to the pedestal portion. Would that be better?

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#1 posted 12-08-2015 10:43 PM

How about lazy Susanne bearing plates?

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#2 posted 12-08-2015 10:56 PM

I have used these before to good effect. I used a dowel in a very loose hole to keep the top centered and keep it from racking but it probably wasn’t really needed for smaller pieces.

A dowel with a wooden spacer top and bottom would probably work as a all wood solution as well on all but really large pieces but those lazy susan’s are pretty inexpensive.

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#3 posted 12-08-2015 10:57 PM

I thought the lazy susan plates might be a little lightweight and didn’t seem to have a beefy enough connection method. Are there some heavier ones I missed?

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#4 posted 12-08-2015 11:59 PM

How ‘bout something like this? I’ve had this saved in my favorites since the day he posted it. ONE DAY I’m gonna try it myself!

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#5 posted 12-09-2015 06:04 PM

So after suggestions and looking at the posted project I am going to use the 17 3/8” version found here at Lee Valley. I was worried about too much overhang and if the lazy susan bearings would be tough enough but I think these satisfy me quite well enough for this project.

It will leave a very small overhang which should hide the bearing from sight well enough unless someone lays down on the floor to have a look. Worse comes to worse there I can always add some of that black dust brushing I’ve seen on some fixed furniture to hide it. It also solves my concern about too much overhang with the bearings I had found previously. The weight they’re rated for is more than sufficient as well and they are aluminium so I don’t need to worry about rust in the future either.

Thanks for the suggestions that made me give the lazy susan bearings a second look.

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