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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 (5 years ago)

    Post #144 Link to a video on how to remove a playfield. Posted by lb1 (4 years ago)

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

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    #64 6 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    First, I did not invent this. This Rotisserie has been around in some form or another since your wife was young. Every woodworking oldtimer has one of these for their wood finishing.
    Second, with all the Rotisserie posts today, I though I'd put this up without thread crapping on anyone else s post.
    What is good about this Rotisserie is that you can get all the parts in one trip to the hardware store and put it together in less than a hour. If you are a handy sort of person, you probably have most of the stuff in the rafters of your garage.
    It breaks down in less than a minute and stores flat.
    Super sturdy because it is made entirely of metal.
    It adjusts for any size playfield in seconds.
    Everything is made from "Black Pipe". No welding and only one easy cut with a hacksaw gets you an unbreakable playfield Rotisserie.
    Shopping list (print and take with):
    (2) 36" x 3/4" black pipe
    (4) 12" x 3/4" black pipe
    (8) 3/4" Tee
    (2) 48" x 1/2" black pipe
    (2) 3.5" x 1/2" Nipple black pipe
    (2) 1/2" Cap black pipe
    (2) 1/2" Floor Flange
    (4) 1/4"-20 x 3/4" Screws
    (6) 1/4"-20 Nuts
    (6) 1/4"-20 Lock Washers
    (2) 1/4"-20 x 4" Carriage Bolt
    (4) 1/4"-20 Thumb Screws
    (2) Silcock Replacement Knob
    (1) 36" x 1.5x 1.5" Perforated Angle
    Stuff you already have:
    13/64 Drill Bit
    1/4"-20 Thread Tap
    Motor Oil
    Hack Saw
    Pipe Wrenches
    Lacquer Thinner
    Enamel Paint and of course metal Primer
    Old pinball rubbers

    Vid, I just built a rotisserie using your guide and it is simple and excellent. Only one thing I'd like to comment on. You state to use 1/2" x 48" pipe for the long lengths but I think you actually need 1/2" x 60" pipe for the long lengths because the 48" pipes are not long enough to take a playfield.

    I built mine and when I went to put a playfield on it I couldn't extend things out far enough to accept my RFM playfield which is 43" long. I could only get a maximum 41" spread therefore I was 2" short. My TAF playfield is 46" long so I would be 5" short.

    I solved this by buying another length of 1/2" x 6" pipe and a coupler and added on to my existing 48" pipe so I should be good now.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that 1/2" x 60" pipe is what you need and not the 48" long.

    Other than that, thanks for the tutorial.


    8 months later
    #128 5 years ago
    Quoted from Cheeks:

    I made one as per the guide. Has anyone had any problems with the threads stripping? I had this problem in particular on the T joint that housed the silcock handle to prevent the playfield rotation. This happened before I even finished my first game using the new rotisserie. I've drilled a new set of Ts, but I'm wondering if others have had this problem or if there was possibly just a material defect on that piece of piping.

    I've had no problem with the threads I tapped stripping. I think if your tapped threads are stripping, it may be a problem with either your tapping tool or with the tap size or perhaps as you suggested, a material problem.

    I'd try it again and I think you'll be good on the second try.


    1 year later
    #194 3 years ago

    I'd like to give a great big shout out to Vid for showing me how to build such a simple but useful rotisserie (see my post #64 from 2 years ago). Without Vids instructions and help I'm sure my Revenge From Mars would still be a basket case. Vid's instructions were clear and easy to follow. Vid really knows what contributions are useful to the pinball community and his rotisserie is a great contribution. I wish everyone on Pinside could make valuable contributions like Vid regularly does. I'm so glad we have a the great Pinsider such a Vid

    Drops mic (mike) and leaves.



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