DIY Raffle Ticket Tumbler

Updated July 19, 2017

Raffle ticket tumblers can be rented from many stores, but for the cost of less than one day's rental you can build your own in an hour or two. To build your DIY raffle ticket tumbler you'll need two plywood discs, hardware cloth, scrap lumber for a frame, a wooden dowel and some miscellaneous hardware.

Making the Drum

Using a band or sabre saw, cut two 12-inch-diameter discs from 5/8-inch plywood. Drill a 3/4-inch hole in the centre of both discs. With a sabre or scroll saw, cut a 4 1/4-inch-square hole in one of the discs, staying half an inch away from the outer edge of the disc at the closest point. Make a door for the opening from thin 3/16-inch wood or plywood. Attach the door with one screw on the side of the opening. Adjust the screw to allow the door to pivot on the screw with light effort.

Cut a 17-inch piece of 3/4-inch wooden dowel. Place the dowel through the discs and set them 14 inches apart, measuring outside edge to outside edge. The dowel should protrude 1 inch past the disc that does not have the square hole in it. Using tin snips, cut a piece of 1/2-inch hardware cloth 14 inches by 39 inches. Using staples, fasten this to the outside of both discs to form the drum.

Making the Frame

Make the base for the frame using a piece of plywood approximately 18 inches square. Using screws, attach a 15-inch-long piece of two-by-four lumber to the centre of the plywood square.

Fabricate the frame uprights from scrap lumber 3/4-inch thick, 3 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches long. Drill one 7/8-inch hole in one end of each piece. Place an upright over the dowel protruding from each end of the drum. Using 1 1/2-inch-long screws, attach the uprights to the ends of the two-by-four in the centre of the base. The drum should now turn freely in the uprights.

Using the Ticket Tumbler

Although you can add a crank to one end of the dowel, this tumbler works if you turn the drum by hand.

To remove a ticket, pivot the door covering the square opening and stick your hand in to grab one.


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