A rotary table is common. They are used to create small, internal circles or sections of circular shaped desks. Typically a rotary table will be tiltable from being flat all the way to being upright. You can have one section of the desk tilted up to 90 degrees and use it as a desk while another section of the desk can be placed at the same angle but be used as a file box. The angle of a rotary table will depend on what it is being used for.
There are two types of rotary tables that can be purchased. These are the horizontal and vertical units. They are available with detachable horizontal dividers or detachable vertical dividers. Some also feature detachable vertical dividers and adjustable horizontal dividers. Most of the units that come with detachable dividers and adjustable horizontal dividers are also available in the special ordered configuration.
The most common configuration for a tilting rotary table that features internal milling machine components is a horizontal divider that is between two internal “panels”. The two panels can each be independently adjusted so that they are perpendicular to the rest of the desk. A third panel can then be mounted on top of the first two. This third panel is vertical and aligned with the rest of the desk.
There are many uses for a tilting rotary table. You might have seen one or more in movies or real life. Some people also use them in educational settings such as in science labs. In these cases a vertical divider is used along with a tilting column to display data in a way that is easy to read and understand. These types of units are also quite popular in homes with children. They allow a child to accurately calculate and read the age of an object without having to depend on the help of another person.
One other type of rotary table that you might encounter is a sine table. A sine table is made to look like a traditional lathe and has a large cabinet on the front. One or more rectangular plates are mounted on each end of the cabinet and rotate in a direction similar to a lathe. The sine table can provide a convenient solution for a wide variety of tasks, but they are primarily used in music studios, as their name suggests, where a lot of bench space is at a premium.
A tilting rotary table makes a lot of sense if your needs are versatile and dependable. Your work needs may change over time, so it is always good to have a table that can adapt to those changes. Versatile workpieces will save you time, money, and headaches in the future. And as any mechanic knows, a quality rotary tool is a necessary evil.