Well this is my first year of building my display. So last week I started making my 8 channel mini trees that have 1600 lights on them. The first thing I noticed was that rotating that tree gets old real fast! With over 60 different mini trees to make I had a lot of rotating in my future. So I built the Mini Tree Maker!
I took the 4th axis rotary table off of my mill, a 1/4" flex shaft used with my remote control boats, and an drill.
Then I mounted a piece of plywood to the rotary table.
The drill with a zip tie on the trigger then it is plugged into a cheap harbor freight foot switch for a router.