Small Parts Carousel
By Jeff Timm
While visiting an antique shop,
I discovered a way to store all
that indispensible small stuff that
used to clutter my workshop.
On display was a rotating bolt
cabinet from an old-fashioned
hardware store. When I got
home, I design-ed this carousel
that rotates on inverted swivel
casters. It’s easy to build, because
there’s no complicated joinery.
All the parts are cut to size and
assembled with glue and screws.
My design requires 1-1/2
sheets of plywood, a quarter sheet
of 1/8-in. hardboard, six swiveling
casters, a 1-1/4-in.-dia. hardwood
dowel and a 3-ft.-long 2x4.
I used Tapcon cement anchors to
bolt this baby to the floor. I got
everything I needed at my local
1. Cut and smooth the round carousel
bottom (A) and base (B).
2. Drill 1-1/4-in.-dia. holes through the
centers of both pieces.
3. Cut out the shelves (C). Use the
round carousel bottom as a template
for the curved edges.
4. Mark the locations of the shelves
on the two narrow uprights (D) and
fasten them. Space the shelves to suit
your needs, but be sure to stagger
them, so they’re easy to fasten.
5. Attach the two shelf/upright assemblies
to the wide upright (E). Note: These
assemblies must not be mirror images!
6. Fasten the carousel bottom to the
completed shelf assembly.
7. Fasten the casters to the base
(photo at lower left).
8. Attach the six feet (F). If your bin is
going on an unfinished cement floor, use
pressure-treated 2x4 stock for the feet.
9. Attach the center foot (H) to the base
and glue in the dowel (G).
10. Position the base and level it with
11. Anchor the base to the floor.
12. Drill a 1-1/4-in. hole in the glued-up
mounting block (J) and fasten it to the
13. Mount the carousel on the base.
14. Glue and screw the shelf edges (K).
Cut them to length after installation.
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker May 2004, issue #107.
May 2004, issue #107
Purchase this back issue.