So I wanted to have a turntable for the little 1/144th scale dollhouse in my Sweet Christmas Cottage. I went to sleep last night thinking about how the ones they sell for 1/12 houses worked, so I could come up with a design. I figured I'd need a stable base with a spinning top that somehow fit in to it. Here's what I came up with.
Wooden Craft Circles - the pack that comes with three sizes
1/2" Round Handle - from a paintbrush or the like
Finishing Supplies of your choice
Start with 2 large, 2 medium and 3 of the small sized circles.
1. Trace the small circle onto the center of 2 of the medium sized circles, then carefully cut out with your Xacto knife.
2. Glue the 2 medium circles together. Glue the 3 small circles together. Let dry.
3. Find a round handled object that you can slide your medium circle onto.
4. Attach sandpaper onto the handle with double sided tape, then sand the center smooth. Sand the rest of the circles and round the edges a bit, just to knock off their sharpness.
5. Glue the medium circles, centered, onto 1 of the large circles. Glue the small circles, centered, onto 1 of the large circles. Let dry.
You can simply stain or paint at this point, then move on to step 9.
6. For an aged effect, stain both pieces. Let dry.
7. Dry brush the color of your choice onto the circles, leaving the centers bare as pictured... Let dry.
8. Apply a light coat of antiquing wax. Let dry. Buff to your preferred level of shine.
9. Cut a similar sized chunk of wax (preferably from a scented candle as they contain oil) to the center opening of the top circle. Apply wax liberally. Repeat on the shaft of the bottom circle. Remove excess wax crumbs. This will help the top and bottom circles to spin smoothly.
Place the top onto the bottom and there you have it! Works like a charm! If you secure the bottom circle to the table, and the top circle to the house, it seems to spin nicely and remain stable.
This is a very first prototype, so I am sure you can improve on the design! Like Kris always says - expand on it and make it better! :O)