How to Make a Spinning Wheel of Fortune

If you like games that involves spinning a wheel, you might be interested in building your own functional "wheel of fortune." You can even invent your own game and come up with different prizes or other game components to assign to each section of the wheel. The things you need to make a sturdy, long-lasting spinning wheel can be purchased inexpensively where home improvement supplies are sold. You may already have what you need in your home.

Measure from the edges of all three sides and corners to the middle of an old table to find the exact centre and mark the centre with a pencil. Pick an old wooden table of any size to use as the base of your spinning game wheel, and make sure it is sturdy. Measure from the centre mark to two inches from one of the shorter sides. Multiply this measurement by two to get the diameter of your wheel in inches.

Measure and trace a circle in the middle of a piece of 1/2-inch-thick plywood, using the diameter measurement you determined. Cut the circle out of the plywood with a table saw. Sand the edges of the plywood circle with smooth-grit sandpaper.

Mark equal-sized "pie sections" by measuring and marking them with a ruler and pencil. Draw a line between each section with a pencil and bold the light with a thick, black permanent marker. Paint the sections alternating bright colours and paint number values on each section, such as "$25," "$50" and "$75." Wait 24 hours for the paint to dry.

Hammer a nail into the edge of the wheel between each section. Add one or two more nails between the ones dividing each section and make sure they are evenly spaced. Don't hammer the nails in all the way--these will hit the "stopper" as the wheel spins.

Turn your wheel upside-down and place a Lazy Susan bearing in the centre. Drill a pilot hole through each mounting hole of the Lazy Susan bearing and through the wood of the wheel. Make sure the drill bit you use is smaller than the width of the mounting hole in the bearing.

Place the Lazy Susan bearing in the middle of the table that you are using as a base, and drill a wood screw into each mounting hole. Have a friend hold a flashlight on the edge of the table and aim it at the middle so you can match up the pilot holes in the wheel with screw mounting holes in the bearing. Place the wheel on top of the bearing, align the pilot holes with the bearing holes, and insert the screws.

Cut a piece of sturdy, yet flexible plastic to about two inches long and one inch wide. Open a clothes pin and apply gorilla glue to the inside of the opening. Stick the piece of plastic inside the clothes pin and shut it. Wait 90 minutes for the glue to dry. This is the "stopper" or "flapper" for the wheel.

Glue the bottom of the clothes pin to the table. Make sure the tip of the plastic strip is close enough so that it will come in contact with the ends of the nails as the wheel spins. Wait 90 minutes for the glue to dry before playing with your new spinning wheel of fortune.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Wooden table
  • 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Table saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Permanent marker
  • Paint
  • Nails
  • Lazy Susan bearing
  • Power drill
  • Wood Screws
  • Sturdy flexible plastic
  • Clothes pin
  • Gorilla glue
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Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.