I'm not sure what you want to know. Do you already have the wood part made
and just need to add a rotating base? Or do you have nothing yet?
If you have nothing, you need to glue up some boards to the width a little
more than the diameter of the tray, then cut it round. Many ways to do
this. Do you have a bandsaw? Router? Jig saw?
Like Edwin, I'm not sure what you're after. Some people have problems in
figuring out how to screw the wooden tray and wooden base through the LS
bearing plates, since once you've screwed one on, you can't access the
screwholes to screw the other element on (this is assuming you're using the
type of bearing that doesn't come apart).
Assuming that this is your problem, you'll usually find a ring of screwholes
round the top and bottom flanges - these take the screws that will hold the
top and base. Somewhere round this ring of screws, on each flange there
will be an oversize hole between two screwholes. This is the one which will
let you get your screwdriver through, so we'll call it the screwdriver hole.
The procedure is:
Do any finishing needed on the top of the base and the underside of the top
wooden part - let's call it the tray for simplicity. It'll be impossible to
get at later.
Place your LS bearing in its intended position on the wooden base, and mark
round it lightly in pencil. Also make an orientation mark on both the lower
flange and the base so that you can easily line them up later. Do the same
again with the bearing and the underside of the top tray
Place the bearing back on the base to your marks, rotate the upper flange so
that the screwdriver hole in it lines up with the screwdriver hole on the
Select a drill bit just smaller than the screwdriver holes in the LS, locate
it in the lined-up holes and drill right through the wooden base. This is
the part where you have to take into account the damage to your base - if it
happens to be a genuine Louis Quinze dining table or somesuch, you need to
ask yourself if a permanent hole is appropriate...
You then screw the bearing to the base, going through the screwdriver hole
in the upper flange with your screwdriver, rotating the bearing for each
successive screw. It'll help things a lot if you pre-bore a pilot hole,
just smaller than the screw, first. Lube the screw threads with a bar of
soap - that helps as well. Watch out when you're drilling that you don't go
too far and break out through the other side. A bit of tape wrapped round
the drill at the appropriate distance from the cutting edges can help here -
just drill till you get to the tape, then go no further. Above all, make
sure that the hole on the base still aligns with the hole in the lower
Now turn the top tray upside down on your bench and place the bearing/base
assemble upside down on top of it, making sure that it's correctly located
to your marks that you made earlier - see Note below.
Now you can go down through the hole in the underside of your base and the
lined-up hole in the lower flange with your screwdriver and screw down the
top tray, again using pilot holes if needed.
Note: This can be a bit of a problem if the tray is much larger than the
bearing flange, since you might not be able to see your marks. If this is
the case, you might need to drill and screw the top tray first, then remove
it and fit the base, then finally refit the top tray, using your premade
screwholes as a guide.
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