Announcing the CheapAsst Rotisserie

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Rick Swanson

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Jan 20, 2008, 3:10:12 PM1/20/08
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Inspired by Ed Cheung's design, I took it a little cheaper. All I
used was 4 floor flanges ($11.92), 2 nipples ($1.68), 2 angle pieces
($10.00) and 2 fence stiles (2x2 lumber). Total cost.. about $27.00.
I guess one could argue that I need to add the cost of the big
workbench that the rotisserie is bolted to... but I'm not. Everybody
has a dining room table that it could be bolted to. If your wife
objects... well, that's a logistics problem not a cost element. ;-)

http://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo1.JPG
http://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo2.JPG
http://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo3.JPG

I added a couple of carriage bolts to the design as a way to lock the
rotisserie in place. Just bolted the flanges together.


Rick Swanson

beaver

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Jan 20, 2008, 4:10:14 PM1/20/08
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I show you a design and you go and out-cheap me the next day.

Harumph!!!

Edward Cheung CARGPB26

On Jan 20, 3:10 pm, Rick Swanson <rns...@charter.net> wrote:
> Inspired by Ed Cheung's design, I took it a little cheaper. All I
> used was 4 floor flanges ($11.92), 2 nipples ($1.68), 2 angle pieces
> ($10.00) and 2 fence stiles (2x2 lumber). Total cost.. about $27.00.
> I guess one could argue that I need to add the cost of the big
> workbench that the rotisserie is bolted to... but I'm not. Everybody
> has a dining room table that it could be bolted to. If your wife
> objects... well, that's a logistics problem not a cost element. ;-)
>

> http://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo1.JPGhttp://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo2.JPGhttp://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo3.JPG

pinballtom

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Jan 20, 2008, 5:00:15 PM1/20/08
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On Jan 20, 11:10 am, Rick Swanson <rns...@charter.net> wrote:
> Inspired by Ed Cheung's design, I took it a little cheaper.  All I
> used was 4 floor flanges ($11.92), 2 nipples ($1.68), 2 angle pieces
> ($10.00) and 2 fence stiles (2x2 lumber).  Total cost.. about $27.00.
> I guess one could argue that I need to add the cost of the big
> workbench that the rotisserie is bolted to... but I'm not.  Everybody
> has a dining room table that it could be bolted to.  If your wife
> objects... well, that's a logistics problem not a cost element.  ;-)
>
> http://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo1.JPGhttp://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo2.JPGhttp://webpages.charter.net/rswanson3354/Cheapo3.JPG

>
> I added a couple of carriage bolts to the design as a way to lock the
> rotisserie in place.  Just bolted the flanges together.
>
> Rick Swanson

You may need to make additional bolt down holes on the Stile supprts
for widebody playfields.
also forgot to factor in the cost of the clamps.

I like your concept and will probably utilize it for my pin workshop
area.

cheers
pinballtom in alaska

p.s. having a heat wave up here at the moment.
Got up to + 36'F today, when last week it was -36'F below.
Also saw the first sunrise of the new year, albeit a partial one.

Mighty Chris

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Jan 20, 2008, 5:18:47 PM1/20/08
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Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to just have your kids hold up either end
of the pf while you worked on it? Teach them to flip it when you need.

Just seems like a shame to waste $27.00 like that on a luxury item
that you *could* get by without. ;-)

Kidding

Chris

Rick Swanson

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Jan 20, 2008, 5:30:26 PM1/20/08
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On Jan 20, 5:00 pm, pinballtom <pinball...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> You may need to make additional bolt down holes on the Stile supprts
> for widebody playfields.
> also forgot to factor in the cost of the clamps.
>

Funny you mention that because I went around my gameroom this morning
measuring the width and length of each playfield. I then drilled
additional holes in the top of the workbench so that I could adjust
the rig to accommodate the most common lengths / widths.

Rick Swanson

Rick Swanson

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Jan 20, 2008, 5:36:51 PM1/20/08
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I don't have any kids, but just out of curiosity I checked to see what
it would cost to adopt / feed / clothe / educate / bail out of jail /
send through rehab a couple of kids and the combined total was
something more than $40... so I'm still happy with my decision. ;-)


Rick Swanson

Mighty Chris

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Jan 20, 2008, 5:41:37 PM1/20/08
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Rofl oh yeah well if you don't already HAVE the kids laying around
doing nothing then, right, you'd be out the cost of obtaining the
kids. Unless you had the kids sewing enough wallets when they weren't
holding up your pf to cover their upkeep, yeah, you made the right
decision on your situation.

:-)

Chris

Rick Swanson

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Jan 20, 2008, 5:47:27 PM1/20/08
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On Jan 20, 4:10 pm, beaver <e...@edcheung.com> wrote:
> I show you a design and you go and out-cheap me the next day.
>
> Harumph!!!
>
> Edward Cheung CARGPB26
>


I couldn't help myself... I'm a product of my oriental
ancestry. ;-) <Just kidding>


Rick Swanson

hey load

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Jan 20, 2008, 6:27:02 PM1/20/08
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The way our two are acting today, you can HAVE them. I'll even pay
shipping.

Kim

heckheck

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Jan 20, 2008, 6:42:09 PM1/20/08
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Not bad for an all out inexpensive option. The main thing I like
better about a table top version like the one I just posted is that
you can pile junk under and around the playfield rotisserie. Your
design's major drawback is that it blocks access to your workbench.

h_h

R Wright

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Jan 20, 2008, 8:33:01 PM1/20/08
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I built my rotisserie today. I wanted to utilize a utility table I
had so I build two independent sleds that wrap around the table
overhang to add stability. I used Ed Cheung's universal joint design
and that worked great. I beleive the total cost of everything was
around $50.00. It seems stable and does what I want - it took me
about two hours to build.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23026642@N04/sets/72157603763685033/

Randy

ch...@team-em.com

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Jan 20, 2008, 9:47:44 PM1/20/08
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Looks like a lot of us were inspired by Dr. Ed's design.
Mine: http://webpages.charter.net/chibler/Pinball/PlayfieldRotisserie.htm

But Rick, how does yours "rotisserize" without a junction?
You aren't relying on those pipe threads to turn without coming
completely out, are you?
I'd hate to see any "odd" accidents occur at your house... :-)

BTW, looking forward to chatting it up with you at the TPF!
--
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Rick Swanson

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Jan 20, 2008, 10:20:22 PM1/20/08
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On Jan 20, 9:47 pm, ch...@team-em.com wrote:
> Looks like a lot of us were inspired by Dr. Ed's design.
> Mine:http://webpages.charter.net/chibler/Pinball/PlayfieldRotisserie.htm
>
> But Rick, how does yours "rotisserize" without a junction?

To flip the playfield over is just half a turn. It loosens one side
half a turn and tightens the other side half a turn. You just gotta
make sure that you always flip "up" to get to the underside and you
always flip "down" to get to the topside. The way I've got it set,
when you have the underside facing up you are at the end of the
travel. However, I may put a little "check chain" on the rig to make
sure that all rotations are always in the proper direction.

Rick Swanson

Steve Kulpa

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Jan 20, 2008, 10:25:28 PM1/20/08
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Doubtful - Ricks "kids" are cats.

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AZBen

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Jan 20, 2008, 10:52:20 PM1/20/08
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On Sun, 20 Jan 2008 18:47:44 -0800 (PST), ch...@team-em.com wrote:

>Looks like a lot of us were inspired by Dr. Ed's design.
>Mine: http://webpages.charter.net/chibler/Pinball/PlayfieldRotisserie.htm

Great stuff guys, thanks for the cheap arse ideas!

John Wart, jr

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Jan 21, 2008, 12:10:45 AM1/21/08
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I dunno about the rotisserie, Rick, but that TV just kicks ass!

Is it high def?

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Rick Swanson

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Jan 21, 2008, 8:49:25 AM1/21/08
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On Jan 21, 12:10 am, "John Wart, jr" <johnwar...@johnwartjr.com>
wrote:

> I dunno about the rotisserie, Rick, but that TV just kicks ass!
>
> Is it high def?
>

LOL! No, not unless "def" is shorthand for "defecate". Because many
visitors to my workshop have commented... "Man, that little TV is a
big POS". ;-)

Rick Swanson

Steve C

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Jan 22, 2008, 1:47:22 AM1/22/08
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Now it's starting to sound as though a slot in the workbench might work better.
of course there would be 4 of them so maybe the workbench "integrity" might be
compromised.

stevebo

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Steve C

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Jan 22, 2008, 1:49:15 AM1/22/08
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that's some serious woodage you've got going there. at least everything is
portable.

stevebo

Bryan Kelly

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Jan 22, 2008, 6:30:04 AM1/22/08
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Come on, Steve. No one in the right mind would use the name Rick
Swanson and "serious wood" in the same sentence. ;-)

Bryan (CARGPB 14)
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Rick Swanson

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Jan 22, 2008, 9:23:46 AM1/22/08
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On Jan 22, 6:30 am, Bryan Kelly <bskel...@aol.com> wrote:
> Come on, Steve.  No one in the right mind would use the name Rick
> Swanson and "serious wood" in the same sentence.  ;-)
>
The gal I dated in college did... and frequently. Of course she was
never in her "right mind", so your theory is not disproved.

Rick Swanson

Bryan Kelly

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Jan 22, 2008, 11:44:39 AM1/22/08
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Seriously, Rick, the rotisserie's a sweet idea. It does, however,
take up bench space and I also find it very handy to be able to access
both sides of the playfield while in the rotisserie.

BTW Your college girlfriend sounds a lot like a girl I knew back in
the day.

We nicknamed her "I-94"....for obvious reasons. ;-)

Rick Swanson

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Jan 22, 2008, 2:59:07 PM1/22/08
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On Jan 22, 11:44 am, Bryan Kelly <bskel...@aol.com> wrote:
> Seriously, Rick, the rotisserie's a sweet idea.  It does, however,
> take up bench space and I also find it very handy to be able to access
> both sides of the playfield while in the rotisserie.

Well, I *can* get to both sides of the playfield while in my
rotisserie. Hello... it's a ro-tiss-er-ie... it turns so that you can
access both sides. ;-) As far a taking up bench space... it really
doesn't take up much bench space. I can set my DMM, soldering iron,
desoldering iron and work light on the bench while working, so the
proximity to the bench actually comes in pretty handy.


>
> BTW  Your college girlfriend sounds a lot like a girl I knew back in
> the day.
>
> We nicknamed her "I-94"....for obvious reasons.  ;-)


I-94!?!? That's my wife's college nickname! You sonofabeotch! I
think you wore some of the tread off my wife! ;-)


Rick Swanson

beaver

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Jan 22, 2008, 4:45:14 PM1/22/08
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Oh boy things are getting interesting now....

Edward Cheung CARGPB26

Bryan Kelly

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Jan 22, 2008, 5:28:54 PM1/22/08
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I'm surprised there's any tread left on her at all, Rick....what with
the size rig I drive. ;-)

<Insert Peterbuilt joke here>

Lloyd Olson

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Jan 22, 2008, 6:18:12 PM1/22/08
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Bryan, considering the size of your "rig", in most cultures she'd still be
considered a virgin. LTG :)

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I'm surprised there's any tread left on her at all, Rick....what with
the size rig I drive. ;-)

<Insert Peterbuilt joke here>
<If she had as many Peterbuilts sticking out of her as she's had stuck in
her, she'd be a truck stop>

Bryan Kelly

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Jan 22, 2008, 7:32:36 PM1/22/08
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Let's just say the first time Rick had sex with "I-94", he had to tie
a 2X4 across his ass so he wouldn't fall in. :-)


On Jan 22, 5:18�pm, "Lloyd Olson" <l...@ssbilliards.com> wrote:
> Bryan, considering the size of your "rig", in most cultures she'd still be
> considered a virgin. �LTG :)
>

> "Bryan Kelly" <bskel...@aol.com> wrote in message


>
> news:d5f77e34-e327-4137...@s8g2000prg.googlegroups.com...
> I'm surprised there's any tread left on her at all, Rick....what with
> the size rig I drive. �;-)
>
> <Insert Peterbuilt joke here>
> <If she had as many Peterbuilts sticking out of her as she's had stuck in
> her, she'd be a truck stop>
>

> Bryan (CARGPB 14)http://usergallery.myhomegameroom.com/gallery/bspins

Rick Swanson

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Jan 22, 2008, 7:33:41 PM1/22/08
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On Jan 22, 5:28 pm, Bryan Kelly <bskel...@aol.com> wrote:
> I'm surprised there's any tread left on her at all, Rick....what with
> the size rig I drive.  ;-)
>

Just remembered... "I-94" was my first wife's nickname. Man, you had
terrible taste in women when you were in college. But at least I now
know who "Dinky Kelly" is... she was always chuckling about "Dinky
Kelley". Something about being equipped with a "short stemmed
mushroom cap". ;-)


Rick Swanson

bulldog69

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Jan 22, 2008, 7:47:54 PM1/22/08
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>
> I don't have any kids, but just out of curiosity I checked to see what
> it would cost to adopt / feed / clothe / educate / bail out of jail /
> send through rehab  a couple of kids and the combined total was
> something more than $40... so I'm still happy with my decision.  ;-)
>
> Rick Swanson

YOU SIR ARE A COCKSUCKER

David Gray

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In article <ca5eeffd-9228-462a...@i3g2000hsf.googlegroups.com>,
bulldog69 <bulld...@yahoo.com> wrote:

And you sir, are KILLFILED.

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Steve C

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Jan 24, 2008, 1:01:39 AM1/24/08
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that and he kept looking around the room to see who was calling his name
multiple times.

stevebo

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>Let's just say the first time Rick had sex with "I-94", he had to tie
>a 2X4 across his ass so he wouldn't fall in. :-)
>
>Bryan (CARGPB 14)
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>
>

>On Jan 22, 5:18?pm, "Lloyd Olson" <l...@ssbilliards.com> wrote:
>> Bryan, considering the size of your "rig", in most cultures she'd still be

>> considered a virgin. ?LTG :)


>>
>> "Bryan Kelly" <bskel...@aol.com> wrote in message
>>
>> news:d5f77e34-e327-4137...@s8g2000prg.googlegroups.com...
>> I'm surprised there's any tread left on her at all, Rick....what with

>> the size rig I drive. ?;-)


>>
>> <Insert Peterbuilt joke here>
>> <If she had as many Peterbuilts sticking out of her as she's had stuck in
>> her, she'd be a truck stop>
>>
>> Bryan (CARGPB 14)http://usergallery.myhomegameroom.com/gallery/bspins

>> Home of the EXECUTIVE Pin Footie ?http://www.pinfooties.com

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