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Ah, dorm life. Always more challenge than thrill, being crammed in close quarters with a potential total stranger can be a nightmare if the limited space is not managed well. It’s about that time of year again, so perfect to resurrect Alan Mellovitz’ TV Spinner DIY from MAKE Volume 08. Back in 2006, Adam was a mechanical engineering sophomore at the University of Illinois, and he came up with a motorized lazy Susan stand for his TV. He then mounted the setup above his top bunk, maximizing space in his tiny room. I love the way Lego motor setups look, so here are two closeups. On the left is the tension spring that pulls the axle against the edge of the TV stand. On the right is the motor and gears in place. Gear reduction on the Lego motor gives sufficient torque while 3 medium gears on the axle engage the rubber weather stripping on the spinner’s edge as a friction drive.

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And here’s the whole thing in place in Adam’s old dorm room:

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Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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