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How to Create a Rotating Art Display

Creating a rotating art display that works on the same principle as a three-ringed binder is easy. Learn how to make a rotating art display with these step-by-step instructions.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Determine the Display Location

Pick an interior wall for the recessed art display. Choose a spot that doesn't have plumbing lines in the wall and is neither above or below a light switch or electrical outlet. Locate and mark the studs in the wall, and measure the distance between the studs.

Step 2: Design the Display

Measure the pieces of art that will go in the display and choose inexpensive plastic frames of an appropriate size. Sketch out a design for the display so that the pages are large enough to hold the artwork, and the sides of the recessed box will be against two wall studs. Allow extra space inside the recessed box so the pages can turn easily.

Step 3: Cut the Wall Recess

Remove drywall to create the wall recess. The recess should be bordered by a wall stud on both sides to give support to the display. For this project, Karl removed part of one wall stud to accommodate the size of the display. Measure the exact space between the studs and adjust the design as needed.

Step 4: Build the Box

Cut plywood to the appropriate sizes and build the open box that will house the display. Use wood glue and nails to secure the sides, top, bottom and back. Prime and paint as desired.

Step 5: Make the Pages

Cut plywood sheets to the correct size for the pages. Drill three holes down the "binder" side of the pages, spacing them evenly down the side of the page. Paint the plywood pages to match the frames and let the paint dry completely, then use screws to attach the frames to the pages.

Step 6: Bind the Pages

Position the pages inside the box and mark the location of the page holes on the back of the box. Remove the pages, drill the holes, and replace the pages. Bind the pages to the box using U-bolts: Slip each U-bolt through the pages, then place a nut and washer on each threaded end. Insert the ends through the box. On the underside of the box, slip a washer over the bolts and secure with a split pin. Back on top of the assembly, tighten down the nuts.

Tip: Karl used split pins instead of nuts behind the display to save space inside the wall.

Step 7: Install the Display

Fit the display into the wall recess. Check it for level and attach it by driving screws through the plywood box and into the wall framing. Use a finish nailer to install wood trim to the wall around the box for a more finished look and to hide any gaps between the wall and the box.

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