2005 - Volume #29, Issue #2, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"I got tired of looking for tools, so I decided to build something that would let me find them quickly," recalls Marquardt, an electrical and mechanical engineer. "People liked the way it looked, so I started building them to sell."
What makes her tool carousel unique is its use of Velcro for easy customization. The carousel itself stands 53 in. tall on a wooden base and spins on a 12-in. dia. lazy Susan. Two U-shaped 1-in. wide steel straps mounted to the lazy Susan bolt to a 12 1/2-in. diameter, 43-in. tall fabric covered tube core.
"The Velcro lets me easily adapt the hangers for different size tools," says Marquardt. "It will hold shop tools, household repair tools, sewing accessories, even cooking tools."
Each Turn-A-Tool Carousel comes with more than 70 tool holders, not counting plastic pouches. Holders vary from a belt of 13 1-in. diameter steel rings to individual 2-in. diameter plastic rings. Plastic pouches, slip cords and more are all backed with Velcro to be attached as needed. Marquardt even includes extra Velcro strips for customizing the carousel further.
The carousels sell for $216 plus $38 shipping. Marquardt is also planning to market smaller counter top carousels to hold jewelry and other items.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kathy Marquardt, 1205 118th Place SW, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73170 (ph 405 692-0585).
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