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    how do i make something spin? (help please)

    ive made a speaker housing like a ufo for a project. I want to make a base that spins to put it on. Like a lazy susan but smaller (bit like a spinning wheel) I could then put the speaker onto the spinning wheel type thing and turn it so it spins whilst playing music!! How could i make one the easiest? or buy one cheaply? the speaker is only 17cm diameter and obviously the wheel doesnt have to be that big, just needs a big enough surface area to balance the 17cm on.

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    spins whilst playing music - sounds like one of those old record player thingys

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    DAMNOME;6993143

    spins whilst playing music - sounds like one of those old record player … spins whilst playing music - sounds like one of those old record player thingys



    no its not liek that.. it doesnt play records:oops: it plays off ipods etc. Anyqay basically all i need is a base that i can put this on (make/buy) that i can attach and spin. no electric motors or anything involved just pushing power.

    Original Poster

    someone must know what im looking for? :l

    how will you manage with the cables geting twisted when the speaker is spinning?

    Maybe the mechanism from a childs spinning top toy?
    http://ultimatetoysandgifts.com/images/Spinning_Top.jpg

    Original Poster

    i must be explaining this really badly.
    the speaker is already housed.
    i am now looking for a seperate board (base) that can spin. ie 2 pieces of wood with a bearing in middle. Ill then just put the already housed speaker onto the base and spin it. Pretty simple.

    GentleTouch;6993297

    i must be explaining this really badly.the speaker is already housed.i am … i must be explaining this really badly.the speaker is already housed.i am now looking for a seperate board (base) that can spin. ie 2 pieces of wood with a bearing in middle. Ill then just put the already housed speaker onto the base and spin it. Pretty simple.



    2 pieces of mdf and some ballbearings then

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    donnydude;6993317

    2 pieces of mdf and some ballbearings then



    how do i put the ball bearings together though?

    Original Poster

    or can i buy them allready together so i can just attach the mdf to eitehr side and woohay it spins?

    GentleTouch;6993328

    how do i put the ball bearings together though?


    use a router to route out a circular groove in 1 piece of mdf. put ballbearings into the groove (they would need to be slightly bigger than the depth of the groove. drill a hole in the middle of the bottom mdf, cut out a circle of mdf with another hole in the middle, insert a metal rod or something to create an axel. plonk the circular mdf on the rod and hey presto she spins

    Original Poster

    i only want the spinnign mechanism (bearings) and i will add my own top/bottom in mdf or plastic. so preferably just that rather than a whole board like the above argos thingy.

    Original Poster

    donnydude;6993388

    use a router to route out a circular groove in 1 piece of mdf. put … use a router to route out a circular groove in 1 piece of mdf. put ballbearings into the groove (they would need to be slightly bigger than the depth of the groove. drill a hole in the middle of the bottom mdf, cut out a circle of mdf with another hole in the middle, insert a metal rod or something to create an axel. plonk the circular mdf on the rod and hey presto she spins



    so do i need just one bearing and a little metal rod?

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    GentleTouch;6993428

    so do i need just one bearing and a little metal rod?

    leemole101;6993375

    http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?storeId=10001&catalogId=1500001801&langId=-1&searchTerms=twist+board&Submit=GO+%3E that do the job ?



    Seen these in the poundshop

    can you not use an old CD or DVD with something in the middle like a cone shape...
    look around the house - must be something you can find

    GentleTouch;6993428

    so do i need just one bearing and a little metal rod?



    no fill the groove with ballbearings and just use the metal rod as an axel to pivot the top mdf on

    exactly like the lazy susan

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    donnydude;6993501

    no fill the groove with ballbearings and just use the metal rod as an … no fill the groove with ballbearings and just use the metal rod as an axel to pivot the top mdf on



    i really dont understand this lol and if i use a cd stand thingy to spin on it wont spin for very long plus i wont of made myself - can you point me out to what i need to buy?

    GentleTouch;6993524

    i really dont understand this lol and if i use a cd stand thingy to spin … i really dont understand this lol and if i use a cd stand thingy to spin on it wont spin for very long plus i wont of made myself - can you point me out to what i need to buy?



    ill draw a picture later but its just like a lazy susan

    Original Poster

    donnydude;6993589

    ill draw a picture later but its just like a lazy susan



    thankyou so much!

    Original Poster

    wait i think i got it, if i buy a bearing liek a wheel bearing is one side still (attach to bottom) and the otehr side spins allready (attach to other side) resulting in bottom staying still whilst the top spins around? prebuilt like that?

    Original Poster

    you see the silver bearing here, is that how i would buy it? obviously smaller because my thing is only 17cm diamater
    youtube.com/wat…a0c

    what about using an old stripped down hard drive ? ]stripped down hd

    try looking round ]Instructables might be some ideas on there.

    GentleTouch;6993657

    you see the silver bearing here, is that how i would buy it? obviously … you see the silver bearing here, is that how i would buy it? obviously smaller because my thing is only 17cm diamaterhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iop9kND9a0c



    Goonieman;6993705

    A ]lazy susan bearing?



    thats it sorted
    good price as well

    Original Poster

    woo thankyou so much!!

    Original Poster

    i think the 3 inch is perfectly good for a 17cm base?
    btw im repping you all
    just realised the carrier charge is about 4 pound

    Try your local DIY shop, thats just the first link i found.
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