(Topic ID: 202819)

$35 home built rotisserie


By Hardsuit

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Decided to make a rotisserie to make my life easier when I'm working on Polynesia or my long gestating whitewood design.

    $19 for 24" by 48" sheet of 1/2" birch plywood, and about $15 in hardware bits. I didn't use the usual lazy susan hardware, but instead used nested nylon spacers and fender washers. It is adjustable for length from 40" to 50", and has 16 peg holes to lock in your preferred working angle.

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    #2 1 year ago

    Neat! What prevents the PF from sliding off the two end rests? Are you relying purely on pressure from each end? Plans and a parts list?

    #3 1 year ago

    Nice!!! Yes, some plans/dimensions/parts would be great and highly appreciated!!

    #4 1 year ago

    Nicely done....sure looks nicer than mine

    #5 1 year ago

    Nice, I prefer the dadoed end pieces with rt angle piece rather than the metal angle pieces that so many others use.

    I prefer to work with wood over metal.

    I am anxious to see more pictures of your game.

    #6 1 year ago

    Nice work.

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from wxforecaster:

    Neat! What prevents the PF from sliding off the two end rests? Are you relying purely on pressure from each end? Plans and a parts list?

    I will be using small c-clamps to lock the playfield to the arms.

    Working on assembling a parts list, should have it in a day or two. I put the rotisserie together over 3-4 days with multiple shopping trips with redundant and/or unused parts, so I have to backtrack to see exactly what I ended up using.

    Plans/cut list will take a little longer, but shouldn't be too bad. I'll have PDF or SVG files available once I'm done drafting it up.

    #8 1 year ago

    That looks sweet! I have a pipe rotisserie and it cost a bit more to put together.

    Quoted from Platypus:

    Nice, I prefer the dadoed end pieces with rt angle piece rather than the metal angle pieces that so many others use.

    The wood playfield holders are nice and would make a solid upgrade to a pipe rotisserie.

    #9 1 year ago

    Nice work.

    #10 1 year ago

    Sweet, hopefully we get a PDF of the plans as this would be the perfect craft gift for my father-in-law to make me for Christmas, lol.

    #11 1 year ago

    I haven't typed up the hardware parts list yet (I'll get that up later tonight), but it comes to $12.54 before tax. Its all stuff from the standard parts that most ACE hardware stores will have, so it should be in stock or easily orderable. Cost doesn't include the box of 1" long #6 wood screws that I used in the glued and screwed dado joints.

    Quoted from Matesamo:

    Sweet, hopefully we get a PDF of the plans as this would be the perfect craft gift for my father-in-law to make me for Christmas, lol.

    Yes, I'll be doing PDF & SVG files for download. (Inkscape user here, but Illustrator should open the .SVG files with no issues.)

    #12 1 year ago

    Nice looking rig you got there

    #13 1 year ago

    The parts list:

    Plywood
    1x 24" x 48" 1/2" thick plywood or MDF (Home Depot Birch plywood used in photos above)
    Dimensional Lumber
    2x 1" x 2" x 6' clear pine (mdf, poplar, etc can also be used)
    Nylon Spacers
    4x 1" OD x 1/2" ID, 3/8" thick nylon spacer
    2x 1/4"-20 thread, 1/2" OD, 1" length nylon spacer
    Metal Washers
    4x 1/4" x 2" fender washer
    12x 1/4" x 1" fender washer
    2x 7/16" ID, washer
    Washers (other)
    2x 1/4" x 2" 1/16" thick Neoprene Rubber washer
    Threaded Bolts
    2x 1/4" x 1-1/2" Full Thread Hex Bolt
    4x 1/4" x 2" Full Thread Hex Bolt
    Nuts
    6x 1/4" - 20 thread Wing Nuts

    Photo of both an assembled and exploded pivot hardware assembly:

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    #14 1 year ago

    how do you clamp down the back of a playfield with back panel? I do like the peg locking system tho. I wanted to do that to mine.

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    how do you clamp down the back of a playfield with back panel? I do like the peg locking system tho. I wanted to do that to mine.

    C-clamps or trigger clamps, similar to this:
    https://pinballproject.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/funhouseswap5.jpg

    #16 1 year ago

    Great job! I like the peg lock system.

    #17 1 year ago

    yes, but how does that work on the back of the playfield, where you have a huge tall backboard on it? Like a game like shadow, where you have the backboard, and a mini playfield and all kinds of goodies against the back rail. Plus the underside is loaded with brackets and what not, on the bottom sections.

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    yes, but how does that work on the back of the playfield, where you have a huge tall backboard on it? Like a game like shadow, where you have the backboard, and a mini playfield and all kinds of goodies against the back rail. Plus the underside is loaded with brackets and what not, on the bottom sections.

    Honestly, couldn't tell you how that might work since I currently am an EM-only kind of guy so haven't been exposed to needing to deal with that issue.

    #19 1 year ago

    Ok, I've had enough requests for kits that I'm thinking of making a few available. What would y'all consider a fair price?

    #20 1 year ago

    I can build it myself, I just need the plans! I like this one a little better than SkyPilot's as it allows for widebody playfields.

    #21 1 year ago

    Oh, I'll be putting the plans out as well for free, just have to draw them up.

    #22 1 year ago

    Nice build. I'll be building one as well with some minor mods, one that comes to mind is to recess the bolthead and washer on the inside so I don't have to think about it hitting the edge of the playfield. That will necessitate using 3/4" ply for those pieces though so it doesn't get to thin, fortunately I have enough scrap wood in the shop to build this (probably several) just need some of the hardware. I like the bushing idea and may take it one step further to metal bushing to not have to worry about wear from the bolt threads, probably overkill but wth. Need to put the round over bit back in the router table

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    yes, but how does that work on the back of the playfield, where you have a huge tall backboard on it? Like a game like shadow, where you have the backboard, and a mini playfield and all kinds of goodies against the back rail. Plus the underside is loaded with brackets and what not, on the bottom sections.

    all designs seem to have issues with this. I think the solution would be to put a donor 'tab' mounted to the PF so you have a clean lip to sit on your bracket. How to mount the extra length of wood would have to vary for each game. Screw through into existing holes, etc. So remove 2-3 of the backboard screws, put this board in place which effectively extends the PF, then secure through the existing holes.

    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from BorgDog:

    I like the bushing idea and may take it one step further to metal bushing to not have to worry about wear from the bolt threads, probably overkill but wth.

    The center nylon bushing that has the bolt directly inside of it is already threaded (1/4" x 20), so there shouldn't be any wear in that part of the pivot mechanism.

    #25 1 year ago

    ah, cool, so nylon on nylon in the pivot.

    #26 1 year ago

    I really like this design - thanks for sharing. I like that it is not made of metal so it's easier for me to get the materials in New Zealand and to build this.

    It might be quite hard to get the pivot parts here, if you were willing to put together a kit for just the pivots, that would be awesome.

    #27 1 year ago

    Sweet! Let me know if you come up with a price on the kit that includes a fair price on the labor you put into it. I'm looking to do my first full playfield swap on a Skateball and would really like to have one of these to assist. How many hours would you estimate the cutting/sanding/gluing/screwing would take for each kit, and what would the estimated assembly time be? Thanks for sharing your designs. Cheers!

    #28 1 year ago

    I think somewhere around $60 or so plus shipping would be fair and would sell well. I would certainly take one

    Marc

    #29 1 year ago

    ^^^^^this

    #30 1 year ago

    An updated parts list from McMaster Carr. https://www.mcmaster.com
    They didn't have a nylon threaded standoff, so an aluminum one was used instead.

    Nylon Spacers
    4x Nylon Unthreaded Spacer - 94639A876
    1" OD, 1/2" Long, for 1/2" Screw Size
    2x Female Threaded Round Standoff - 93330A652
    Aluminum, 1/2" OD, 1" Long, 1/4"-20 Thread Size

    Metal Washers
    4x Zinc-Plated Steel Oversized Washer - 91090A116
    1/4" Screw Size, 0.281" ID, 2" OD
    12x Zinc-Plated Steel Oversized Washer - 91090A108
    1/4" Screw Size, 0.281" ID, 1" OD
    2x Zinc-Plated Steel Oversized Washer - 91090A118
    1/2" Screw Size, 0.531" ID, 2" OD, 0.042"- 0.051" Thickness

    Threaded Bolts
    2x Low-Strength Zinc-Plated Steel Hex Head Screw - 91309A546
    1/4"-20 Thread Size, 1-1/2" Long, Fully Threaded
    4x Low-Strength Zinc-Plated Steel Hex Head Screw - 91309A550
    1/4"-20 Thread Size, 2" Long, Fully Threaded

    Nuts
    6x Zinc-Plated Steel Wing Nut - 90866A029
    1/4"-20 Thread Size, 31/64" Base Diameter

    #31 1 year ago

    PDF cut plans! PM for .SVG file version

    Hardsuit_rotisserie1d.pdf

    #32 1 year ago
    Quoted from jwilson:

    I like this one a little better than SkyPilot's as it allows for widebody playfields.

    I beg to differ... I do like this one, though. The multi-angle is awesome and it's a lot closer to portable than the other. Nicely done!

    Shawn

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    #33 1 year ago
    Quoted from Hardsuit:

    PDF cut plans! PM for .SVG file version

    I just get an error when I click on that link.

    #34 1 year ago

    Really cool peg system. Really like that.

    #35 1 year ago

    I had killed the link for a few hours. Woke up realizing I had a couple other fairly important errors than needed to be fixed...

    The new file (with the big 1" holes in the swing arms and pivot plates) should now be available above.

    #36 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

    I beg to differ... I do like this one, though. The multi-angle is awesome and it's a lot closer to portable than the other. Nicely done!
    Shawn

    It breaks down into the two parts, and it's designed so they nest one inside of the other. It's fairly lightweight as well.

    #37 1 year ago
    Quoted from SteveNZ:

    I really like this design - thanks for sharing. I like that it is not made of metal so it's easier for me to get the materials in New Zealand and to build this.
    It might be quite hard to get the pivot parts here, if you were willing to put together a kit for just the pivots, that would be awesome.

    stevenz you can get all those parts easily. Most Mitre10 Mega stores have a cabinet with fixings in it. Alternatively any enginneering supply store will have these parts, or their metric equivalents.

    I built skypilot version last year, and it’s been invaluable. This version looks even better for a smaller workshop.

    rd

    #38 1 year ago
    Quoted from rotordave:

    Most Mitre10 Mega stores have a cabinet with fixings in it. Alternatively any enginneering supply store will have these parts, or their metric equivalents.
    rd

    The McMaster Carr catalog/website is a benchmark for having *everything* you need to spec a part, including technical drawings, etc. It's a great resource, and McMaster Carr parts list I posted above should give you really good info to match up the parts if you need to use a different source.

    #39 1 year ago

    Thanks for posting this up and making a nifty design.

    I know I could probably scale and pull from the drawing, but some basic dimensions on there would be helpful.

    #40 1 year ago

    New PDF uploaded (version 1d) including dimensions above.

    2 weeks later
    #41 1 year ago

    Slapped one together this morning with some spare wood I had on hand and about $10 in parts from Home Depot (channel iron, 2 bolts, some nuts and washers.) Nothing fancy but it'll do the job.

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    #42 1 year ago

    Up and running in my new studio space.

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    #43 1 year ago

    I made one!
    thanks again Hardsuit.
    I connected the long pieces using bedhead bolts so I can easily take it apart for storage.

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    #44 1 year ago

    Nice! Glad you could find the hardware you needed. I might just borrow that design tweak with the removable adjustment arms...

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    #45 1 year ago

    Production has begun! Preorder special available for TPF attendees, $200.00 including tax if you pickup from our booth!

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    #46 1 year ago

    I like how it's gone from $35 to $200. Labour ain't cheap!

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