How To Build a Tumbler Turner
If you’ve stumbled upon this post I’m guessing it’s because you want to make some amazing Glitter Tumblers, and you want to learn how to build a tumbler turner. Well, you’re in the right place!
I love making glitter tumblers, and having a tumbler turner is so important for the success of them. Our friend Hunter has put together an amazing tutorial walking you through the process.
Love making DIY tumblers? Be sure to check out this post: How to Use Iron-On Vinyl on Tumblers
How To Build a Tumbler Turner
Once you make your glitter tumbler turner, be sure you check out our Perfect Glitter Tumbler Tutorial. You’ll be all set to make awesome glitter tumblers for yourself and as gifts for friends and family.
- 1x 6 cut 20″ long (base of the spinner)
- 1×4 cut to 3 1/2″ long (bottom of the spinner’s motor box)
- 1×4 cut to 5″ long (front piece of the spinner’s motor box)
- Two 1×4’s cut to 5 3/4″ long each (sides of the spinner’s motor box)
- 1×6 cut to 6 1/2″ long with a 2″ gap cut on the bottom (back of the spinner’s motor box, cut out allows for your electrical cords to stick out of the back)
- 1×5 cut to 5″ long (top of your spinner’s motor box)
- Rotisserie Spinner
- 1 1/8″ Drill Bit
- 3/16 Drill Bit
- 1 1/2 Screws
- Philips Head Drill Bit (depending on your screws)
- Measuring Tape
- Miter Box and Saw (if your rotisserie rod is too long)
- Foam Football
How to Make This Project
Prepping the Project
Begin by cutting and sanding your wooden pieces according to the measurements shown above.
Before assembling the motor box, you are going to need to drill a hole in the front piece. This is to accommodate the rotisserie spinner. Place the bottom of the spinner’s box on top of the base of the spinner. Put the rotisserie motor on top of the spinner box bottom and measure from the spinner base up to where the rotisserie rod will be. This will give you the measurement for the placement of the hole.
Next, if you haven’t done so already, you want to cut a 2-inch square at the bottom of the spinner motor box’s back piece to allow space for the electrical cord to come out of the box.
Assembling the Motor Box
Once you’ve drilled your hole and cut out your square, you can now assemble the motor box. Use clamps to hold the pieces together during the assembly process. You will drill holes for the screws first and then screw the box pieces together.
Begin by screwing the bottom piece of your spinner’s motor box onto the spinner base. The motor box base should be sitting in the center at one end of your spinner base.
Next, screw the sides and front of your box in place.
Adding the Motor to the Box
Place the rotisserie motor in from the back of the motor box. It should be a tight fit.
Insert the rod into the motor and check to make sure it’s operating correctly.
Cut your rotisserie rod with a miter box and saw if it’s too long.
Once you have that in place, you can secure the back and top pieces of your motor box making sure the cords are coming out of the opening in the back of the box.
THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL: We used some spare parts from our rotisserie turner kit to make a stand for our rod to be a little more secure. This helps prevent the rod from coming back out of the motor. You can see more details on how we did this in the video.
Now take your foam football and drill a small hole in the tip of one side, and slide that on the end of your rod. It should be a very snug fit.
Now, you are all set to make the perfect glitter tumblers!
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