DIY photography turntable

I was always wondering how the scale model magazine photos are made so that they align up so nicely and have a “correct” viewing angle. After a short search I stumbled upon a very interesting and useful Youtube video showing you how to build a cheap photography turntable using just a cheap Ikea serving tablet and some office clips.

Based on that video, I decided to build my own photography turntable. I was going to use the above mentioned Ikea serving table, a few nails and a piece of white cardboard cut into a round shape, slightly larger that the table itself.

Ikea serving tablet
Ikea serving tablet
Ikea serving tablet label
Ikea serving tablet label

In a first step I divided the surface in equal slices using a pencil and ruler. The number of slices is not critical. The more you have the finer the positioning. I went with 12 slices in this case.

Surface divided in equal slices
Surface divided in equal slices

I continued by inserting small nails in the side of the rotating part, one on each marking. These will serve as positioning guides once the paper is laid over.

Small nails inserted on each marking
Small nails inserted on each marking

The end result looked like this:

All nails inserted
All nails inserted

Once this was done, I placed several pieces of double-sided tape to help fix the paper overlay to the wooden base.

Double-sided tape to hold the paper overlay
Double-sided tape to hold the paper overlay

Last but not least, the cardboard cut to shape was laid over the based being fixed with the double-sided tape.

Paper overlay fixed with the double-sided tape
Paper overlay fixed with the double-sided tape

That’s it! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

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