Even if you own a larger, geared rotary table, you will find this little ungeared Rotary Table useful for small jobs in your vertical milling machine when you want to:

The base of this little Rotary Table is 4" square, and the table is 3.75"ø. Or you can scale it up, (or down, for the ultimate paperweight!*). Whatever size you make it, it’s an interesting and  instructive exercise in machining. Two stops run in a dovetail slot in the lower part of the table. These can be set to control how much the table rotates, to suit a given job.

The table is rotated by means of the little knurled lever, or handle, which you can see on the far right side of the above photo - you just poke it into one of the 4 holes in the Table's skirt, and give it 3 or 4 turns to screw it into the thread at the bottom of the hole, so the lever doesn't suddenly fall out in the middle of whatever you are doing with it. Then you pull the table through whatever arc you need on the job you are doing.

Rotating the table by hand like that might sound a little "home-made", at first look, but it works very well in practice: the weight of your arm (10 or 12 pound of soggy flesh!) on the lever seems to soak up a lot of  vibration that might otherwise show up on the job as an uneven finish from the cutter. In my experience using the little Rotary Table you see above, the end result is a beautiful finish on whatever you are making with it.

The table skirt can be graduated 0-360º, for extra precision - exactly how to do this to a very professional standard is explained in the plans. If you choose to engrave yours as you see I did on mine, it'll look like it came out of the Starrett factory, and you'll be so pleased with yourself you won't be able to see straight!

The plans consist of four 8-1/2 x 11 pages of fully dimensioned drawings, and are accompanied by 29-pages of detailed and carefully written instructions. I prepared the drawings and instructions for this project almost 30 years ago, and have since sold close to a thousand copies.

* Imagine one of these little guys at about 2-1/2" in diameter, sittin' on your desk as a paper weight!  You can't buy "cool" like that --- but you can make it.

35 pages

US$10, postage paid in the US and Canada, plus applicable tax (Michigan)