How to Build a Rotisserie

The local metal supplier only sold 24 foot sections so some components’ sizes were consolidated to minimize waste. The round tube was ordered from a second supplier who didn’t have minimum lengths.

Rotisserie BOM (Click to enlarge).

Welding rear wheel outriggers to rear base tube.

Welding upright tube to rear base tube. You can use a longer upright tube for a fixed height or follow the BOM (36″ + sleeve) to make it height adjustable. Measure from the center of the rotator sleeve to the top of the front wheel outrigger and upright base tube gusset to determine clearance. The minimum clearance should be at least half the width of the car.

Welding front base tube to rear base tube and upright base tube gusset.

Welding upright base tube braces to upright base tube.

Welding front wheel outrigger to front base tube.

Welding rotator pin to rotator height adjustment sleeve and rotator width adjustment sleeves to rotator to body supports.

Welding rotator sleeve to upright base tube. Skip this step of you are following the BOM and plan on making it height adjustable (an afterthought).

Casters were welded to the front and rear wheel outriggers. Both assemblies were primed prior to holes being drilled for bolts and pins. Holes should be drilled in the rotator height adjustment sleeves and tubes, rotator width adjustment sleeves and tubes, rotator to body supports, rotator sleeve height adjustment sleeves and upright tubes. The rotator pins should be drilled through at 0, 45 and 90 degrees and the rotator sleeves at 0 degrees.

Components were painted and then assembled. Pins where used instead of bolts where needed for easy removal and installation.

Holes were drilled in one side of the front base tubes and nuts welded over them. Bolts were installed in the nuts to lock the adjustable connector.

The entire project cost $800 and took 16 hours to assemble. Please follow these plans at your own risk. Thanks to for the original plans.