I thought I’d do a quick tutorial on how I made my rotating display towers. I honestly don’t know if any of you are interested in making something like this but, you know, just in case.
I had wanted a more efficient way to display the candle blocks that got them up at eye level and also made a good use of space.
and suddenly the whole display popped into my head!
Of course, how I was going to make the display did not pop into my head but I decided to go for it anyway and figure it out as I went. (This approach usually ends in tears but hope sprang eternal.)
I knew I needed something to separate the layers, it needed to be strong but I wanted also to keep things kind of on the lighter side. I also needed it to come apart easily for transport. I considered and dismissed wood posts but, while trolling the aisle at Lowes spotted 4″ PVC pipe and suddenly it all made sense.
- Graduated sized wooden circles – I’ve seen them at most big box retailers.
- a length of 4″ PVC Pipe (in my case cut into three 7″ lengths) (( also see “note” below about using smaller versions)
- 4 (four) 4″ PVC flat-bottomed pipe caps
- 1 (one) lazy susan base (usually found by the drawer slides at Lowes or elsewhere)
- A chunk of scrap wood for the base
- Screws, drill, paint etc
The first step, determining the center of the circle, was the second most challenging part of this project. I tried to do the math but eventually ended up just eyeballing it and it came out ok.
I did the same with the medium circle – attaching the caps to both the top and bottom.
And finally, I attached a cap to the underside of the smallest circle.
Apparently everyone but me was born with the knowledge of how to install a lazy susan base because the package comes with no instructions. NONE. ZERO. NADA.
It turns out to be fairly logical and quite do-able once it’s explained to you. However, I am not the person to do that . This video (by a woman whose last name is Chaney so she must be cool) helped me understand.
Tips and post-project realizations:
If they’ll do it, have the hardware store cut the PVC pipe for you to length. I did it on my chop saw and though it was easy, it was messy and (don’t tell my dad) I had to resort to semi-unsafe saw usage to make it happen.
Don’t paint the PVC pipe. Or at least don’t paint the parts where the cap and the pipe come together. I did a very light coating with spray paint and just that was enough to make them stick together REALLY REALLY snugly. I can still get them apart but it’s a lot of work.
For the second tower I made I went down to a smaller size of PVC. It was a little bit cheaper and seems just as strong – it just depends on the weight of whatever you’re displaying.
So there you go. Rotating, easy transport towers. And no tears!!!!! (well, ok, there were some minor tears when I couldn’t figure out the lazy susan base and felt really dumb but it passed).