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Spin Plate

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--- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself rotating plate for individuals who have upper extremity, fine motor and grasping disabilities or people who only have use of one hand. The do-it-yourself spin plate is a plastic plate mounted on top of a central post by way of two bolts and a wing nut and can be easily removed for cleaning. The post is attached to a swiveling platform allowing the user to easily turn the device with his or her mouth. To assemble, cut the cylinder to desire length (depending on how high the user would prefer the plate to be) and sand the cylinder lightly on all surfaces. Drill a hole in the center, in each end about a half inch deep then attach the Lazy Susan to the two boards using the screws that came with it. Sand the boards lightly and drill a hole in the center. Attach the lazy susan assembly to the cylinder using a screw up through the bottom. Insert the bolt in the top hole of the cylinder then drill a hole, the size of the bolt, in the center of the plate and attach it to the cylinder with a wing nut. Next, attach the felt squares (to protect furniture) to each corner of the bottom board. The device can be painted if desired before assembly. The spin plate is useful for snacks, fruit, or sandwiches. TOOLS: One 7-inch melamine plate; one 6-inch lazy susan with holes for attaching to board; two 6.5 by 6.5 inch pieces of plywood for the base; one 4- to 5-inch diameter wooden cylinder (cut to the desired length); two bolts and one wing nut for attaching plate to cylinder; four felt squares; sand paper; drill; knife, scissors, or other cutting-type device; and acrylic paint (optional). SKILLS REQUIRED: Basic craft ability. AUTHOR: Roxie Mayfield. TITLE: Spin Plate. REF: Roxie Mayfield can be reached by email at and/or by phone at (541) 688-8388.


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