How to Make an RC Stand


Make a remote control stand that will have your RC-hobbyist friends asking for the design. Visit a plumbing or electrical store and a secondhand shop for the parts. Take a few measurements to customize your stand. In as little as one hour, you could be enjoying a carpeted swivel platform on which to display, work on or start up and test your remote-controlled airplane, boat, car or truck.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy base
  • Wood-top Lazy Susan
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Various plumbing or electrical connector pieces
  • Saw
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Utility knife or tin snips
  • Low-pile carpet scrap, such as berber or toolbox liner
  • Set the heavy base, such as a 6-inch metal flange with a 2-inch threaded end, on a worktable.

  • Inspect the swivel base of the lazy Susan spinning table platter. If you cannot use the base in the project, unscrew and remove it, leaving the swivel mechanism in place. The swivel feature will allow you to easily turn your RC while displaying, inspecting or working on it.

  • Measure the chassis of your RC vehicle.

  • Cut the wooden top of the lazy Susan to slightly smaller than the chassis. You will want the wheels and suspension to hang off the platform for easy dry-run testing. This will allow you to inspect the RC in operating mode while keeping it still -- like lifting the back tire of a bicycle while turning the peddals to test the gears or brakes.

  • Sand the cut edges to make them smooth.

  • Fit various connector pieces with the appropriate-sized threads to the heavy base to build the stand to the height that you want and to attach the swivel of the lazy Susan.

  • Measure the stand’s custom-sized platform. Cut a piece of carpet to cover the tabletop surface.

  • Spray the platform with adhesive. Attach the carpet. Allow the glue to dry for the recommended amount of time suggested on the label before using the stand.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of using a lazy Susan, weld a metal plate to a swivel mechanism, such as that of an oscillating sprinkler.
  • When using adhesive, work in a well-ventilated space.

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