Having a turntable that can rotate under its own power is great for both spraypainting and 360-degree product shoots. In this video, industrial designer Eric Strebel shows you how he made his own, using a harvested motor from a microwave and basic studio materials:
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Tip if you're looking to go heavy: Somewhere in the basement I've got a turntable I hacked together years ago, and it needed to support larger 30-pound objects. I found a barbecue spit motor and the bearings from a Lazy Susan were up to the task.