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Study the turntable bearing assembly and note the locations of the holes. The four holes on the corners of one plate will be slightly closer to the center than the holes on the other plate. We’ll describe one plate as having the “inside holes” and the other having the “outside holes.”
To make a simple tool for finding the centers of the disks, first cut a cardboard rectangle at least 16 inches long and 12 inches wide. Cut a 45-degree angle on one end and tape the opposite end to one leg of a carpenter’s square so that the 45-degree angle falls on the inside corner of the square. On the underside of the large disk and top of the small one, draw at least four lines that intersect in the middle. If all of the lines don’t intersect in the same place, draw enough lines to form a rough circle and mark the center of that circle.
Select a bottom disk that’s at least three-quarters the diameter of the top disk. Otherwise, heavy objects could cause the finished turntable to tip.
Use a pencil and carpenter’s square to divide the disks into quarters.
Center the turntable bearing assembly on the top disk with the outside hole plate against the wood. (Check that the metal corners on the dividing lines all measure the same distance from the center.) Mark the mounting screw locations.
To center the bearing assembly, line up diagonal holes on one line and slide the assemble along that line until the other two diagonal holes become centered on the other line.
Flip the turntable bearing assembly upside down, with the inside-hole plate against the wood, and center it on the bottom disk using the pencil lines. Mark the mounting screw locations. Then, without moving the bottom plate of the bearing assembly, turn the top plate 45 degrees to the bottom and tape it in place. Push a pencil through one outside mounting hole and mark its position on the bottom disk.
It’s essential that the roller bearing assembly not be bumped out of position while you mark the outside hole location.
Where you marked the outside hole location on the bottom disk, drill a 3/8-in hole through the disk. Drill 3/32-in pilot holes 3/4-inch deep for the mounting screws on both disks.
Screw the bearing assembly to the bottom disk. Avoid overtightening the screws or you’ll bend the plate.
Pass a small screwdriver or scratch awl through the 3/8-inch hole in the bottom disk and place the tip in one of the outside holes in the bearing assembly. Rest the bottom disk and bearing upside down on the underside of the top disk so the screwdriver or awl connects with one of the pilot holes.
Pass a screw through the 3/8-inch hole in the bottom disk and drive it into a pilot hole in the top disk -- leave the screw just loose enough to adjust the plate. Rotate the small disk to align the 3/8-inch hole with another hole in the plate and drive another screw. Repeat for the remaining two screws. Then tighten each screw only enough to keep the plate from moving.
The 3/8-inch hole in the bottom will not be visible while you use the turntable, but you can hide it completely by covering it with adhesive-backed felt pads.