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VID's Quick and Dirty Rotisserie Guide

By vid1900

7 years ago

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    Post #1 What is a rotisserie, description and supplies list. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #2 Step One: Drill & tap sides. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #3 Step two: Drill & tap tops. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #4 Step three: Form the axle. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #5 Step four: Assemble the knob. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #6 Step five: cut and assemble the perforated angle. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #7 Step six: finish the legs. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #18 Clamps for attaching playfields to the perforated angle. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #24 Leg leveler idea. Posted by vid1900 (7 years ago)

    Post #66 Playfield sizes. Posted by vid1900 (6 years ago)

    Post #79 Variation using plywood ends instead of perforated angle iron. Posted by jgreene (6 years ago)

    Post #120 Video demonstration on using a rotisserie. Posted by vid1900 (6 years ago)

    Post #144 Link to a video on how to remove a playfield. Posted by lb1 (5 years ago)

    Post #170 Link to a wooden design. Posted by vid1900 (4 years ago)

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    #303 1 year ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    Clean all the metal with Lacquer Thinner to get all the manufacturing oil off of it.
    Don't skip this step or you will get the dirty oil all over your playfield as you work.
    Prime and spray with a high quality enamel.

    thanks for the guide vid, getting ready to build it this weekend (picked everything up Friday night)...

    I've got a can of Paint Thinner – will that work or won't it be strong enough to take the manufacturing oil off of it?

    #305 1 year ago

    Sounds good – I also have Naptha and gloves so I'm set. Thanks again!

    #310 1 year ago
    Quoted from JodyG:

    They occasionally will have some categories 5%-15% off with code over certain order anounts. I think I received 15% off $100 already on a pipe and fitting order to make some hipster light fixtures for my bar/game room.

    Thanks guys – I will remember for future orders. Already good to go for this round, but I could definitely enjoy the savings next time!

    6 months later
    #337 7 months ago

    Ok, so I buy all the stuff to make my rotisserie about six months ago, and all I do is clean the stuff up using paint thinner. While cleaning one of the 36" x 3/4" pipes, I hold them up together and find one of them is a few inches shorter, so I have to take it back and get one that actually measures 36".


    Decide last week I'm going to bang this job out and paint everything.


    Start to try and put it together and find that the 3/4" tee will not attach to the 36" x 3/4" pipe on one end. It will start to thread/connect on the other. Take a closer look and the thread appears to be "smooshed" down at the top, so the tee keeps sliding off and never grabs to attach to the pipe.

    I took it back to Home Depot without a receipt and painted and they swapped it out for another 36" x 3/4" pipe. Before prepping this one for paint, I try to attach a 3/4" tee to one side.

    It fits.

    Take it off and try to attach to the other, and the same issue as the first pipe. Looks like the threads are "smooshed".

    Anyone else have this issue or is there a way around it? Tee won't even start on the pipe to try and some how force it if that is even possible.

    Also, when attaching the tees is there some kind of way to smooth the threading, like adding WD-40 or grease or something to get it to attach easier?

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    #340 7 months ago

    KoolFingers and pinballinreno – I am going to return to HD. Ended up going to local ACE hardware and found one that we could fit on both ends when trying it in the store. I'll clean up the ends and then pre-lubricate.

    Thanks for the advice guys!

    1 week later
    #341 7 months ago

    What do people do to cover the ends of the rotisserie to help protect from sharp edges?

    I filed them, but thought there may be a good solution to capping them off.

    One possibility would be to use some of the foam weather stripping, adapting a small piece to put on the ends, but that would be kind of clunky and I'd prefer something like a rubber foot like you use to protect flooring.

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    #344 7 months ago
    Quoted from pinballinreno:

    I just ground them smooth and rounded the corners.
    I guess you could tape the edge with gorilla tape but I haven't found it necessary.

    Okay thanks for the suggestion.

    #346 7 months ago
    Quoted from jsa:

    I sprayed mine with plasti-dip, and it worked great for one use, but the stuff is too easy to peel off.

    Yes, my neighbor suggested that too. I remember reading where people dipped the entire bottom half for more cushioning.

    #348 7 months ago
    Quoted from KoolFingers:

    Look at Amazon or ebay and get the size that fit.
    amazon.com link »

    Thanks KoolFingers – found them at ACE Hardware, .50 each. They're discontinuing them, and these were some of the last, so glad I was able to get them before they were gone.

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    #349 7 months ago

    Final product – thanks to Vid, pinball Mike D and everyone that replied to my questions and gave advice. Painted in Arizona State University colors and ready for its first playfield to begin restoring (either Mata Hari or Freedom)...

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