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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 6 days ago #50102

Step by step of my solution for a working stand for bonsai - wooden.
My carpentry knowledge = minus 5
Total cost: €25
Materials: 2 pinus planks 40x60cm, 1 rotating steel circle with ball bearings, 1 can of walnut stain, 6 steel screws.


Pinus planks


Steel rotating device


Walnut stain


Cut the planks and stain them. One round 32cm, and the base square 40x40cm.

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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 6 days ago #50104


Top stained


Under side of top with holes


Base with holes already drilled in


Holes to fit rotating steel device

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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 6 days ago #50105


Plastic screws with steel core to fit the holes, up and down.


Steel device inserted on the base.


Device screwed to the base.


Round top inserted in the rotating device.

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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 6 days ago #50106


Final adjustment and rotation test.


Turntable in use.
It is portable, it goes on top of any table, it is not heavy and I hope it will gain personality, patina, wabi-sabi after long time being used.
Total time spent building it: 4 hours.

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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 6 days ago #50109

Please see companion post on how to build a wooden growing box for bonsai.
Enjoy and please leave your comments!
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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 5 days ago #50112

Thank you Clicio! Amazing little turntable and greatly detailed tut :)
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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 5 days ago #50131

Felidae wrote: Thank you Clicio! Amazing little turntable and greatly detailed tut :)


Thanks Felidae, I hope it will be of some help for many people.
Yes, it is little, but I guess for the giant trees I will need another approach.
But it can hold 200 kilos, which is a lot I guess...
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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 5 days ago #50137

Nice work...

Now i know what i need to do come autumn/winter
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Building a bonsai turntable - DIY 4 months 5 days ago #50143

Clicio wrote:

Felidae wrote: Thank you Clicio! Amazing little turntable and greatly detailed tut :)


Thanks Felidae, I hope it will be of some help for many people.
Yes, it is little, but I guess for the giant trees I will need another approach.
But it can hold 200 kilos, which is a lot I guess...
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For me is sure! Currently I use an ugly and surprisingly unstable office chair base. :) The hardest will be to find those ball bearing rings in my area..
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Felidae wrote: Currently I use an ugly and surprisingly unstable office chair base. :) The hardest will be to find those ball bearing rings in my area..


Felidae, this is simply not so difficult.
My first try in Google brought me up dozens of examples like mine, including from Amazon.
Don't ask me why, but it is called in some parts of North America "Lazy Susan".
Or should I say "lazy Felidae"?
lol, just a joke, don't go away for more six months.

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