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Something Interesting - 'Lazy Susan' Turntable Device
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 Posted: Sun May 5th, 2019 05:17 pm
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W C Greene
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I don't know if this is a "scratch building" aid, a "technical" thing,
or just some more useless "drivel" about arcane information.
Here goes...

In this age of high tech railroad turntable construction,
using the latest Bluetooth indexing and computer-driven motors,
to turn a model locomotive around, and things like old DVD disc parts, etc...
Here is something that I think made my 2 turntables mucho (lots) better,
and the "modifications" were easy!

The idea came to me in a "dream" (huh?) to use some kind of "lazy susan" device,
to hold the turntable in place and turn easily without any BS or head scratching.

I dropped by the local mom & pop hardware store for such a thing,
and they suggested I go to a "craft store" or somewhere else
(not to bug them about this craziness) for such a thing.

The "craft stores" had complete "lazy susans" for sale that actually had rotating equipment far larger than I needed
(and the prices were $$$$$ too much considering that I would be tearing the things apart and...you know).

They suggested HOME DEPOT which had large carriages which were way too big for a small narrow gauge table.
OK, I was thinking that I should go home and fiddle with the turntables which were a pain in the a.. to operate.
Remember that I want a MANUAL TT and no techno stuff.
On the way out of the store, I noticed something in the tool department:





A ball bearing, rotating wheel for a portable tool box.
The price was under $3 so I could afford 2 of them, and if they didn't work out,
I could justify the fact that I have spent more money on useless crap anyway.





A cut off wheel in the Moto Tool got rid of the offending wheel and left me with...





This nice little ball bearing 1:35 scale narrow gauge turntable pivot!





Measured and epoxied under the turntable (as close to exactness as I could get).
I had a great little MANUAL turntable pivot which can support the road's large 2-4-4-2t loco,
and any other lokies that may need turning.

Now I can proceed to other "vices" like finishing the wax factory or maybe running a train,
or just looking at the turntables and thinking how smart I am...smart ass!




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 Posted: Sun May 5th, 2019 11:37 pm
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Talk about thinking outside the square. 

I'll never look at castor wheels the same way again.





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 Posted: Mon May 6th, 2019 02:07 am
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One wheel on my wagon
And I'm still rolling along
Them Cherokees after me
I'm all in flames
At the reins
But I'm singing a happy song


I'm singing a higgity, haggity hoggety, high
Pioneers, they never say die
Right around that turn there's a hidden cave
And we can watch those Cherokees
Go galloping by
 

"George ? Should I get the bag of beads and trinkets ?"
"Woman, I know what I'm doing !"


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