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Sturdy Desktop Turntable Plans

Look at it from a different perspective.

One of the most significant challenges to a novice sculptor is looking at the work from different an gles. Beginning students tend to take a lump of material down on the table and work it without appreciating what they are doing from different angles. This simple little turn table is compact, can hold about 300 pounds, and will last for decades. I use one that I made 20 years ago.


  • You'll need 1 1/2-inch or 2-inch straight casters
  • 1 3/8" carriage bolt that is has the length of the casters + between 1" and 1 1/2"
  • nut for the bolt
  • 2 nice flat 12' x 12" pieces of 3/" plywood
  • Shellac or polyurethane sealer
  • 3/8" drill bit.
  • 4 feet of some kind.


  1. Drill a hole 3/8" in the middle of each board. The carriage bold should pass through snugly.
  2. Sand and seal the boards as your time and patience allow.
  3. Pick the bottom face of the bottom board and put the feet on it.
  4. Put the carriage bolt through the hole so it points straight up and tighten the nut on it to secure it.
  5. Put the straight casters on the bottom board as shown in the image.
  6. place the top board on the post and give it a spin.

Posted on 03/23/11 _________________________________________________________________________________________________