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No must cross the potatoes—spin them with this DIY Lazy Susan


A Lazy Susan, or turntable, could be a fashionable and purposeful addition to your eating room or kitchen. Just think about sitting all the way down to a hearty vacation meal the place everybody can entry each dish with out uncomfortable reaching or asking another person to set down their fork and cross the potatoes. And when you construct one your self, you’ll have a conversation-starting centerpiece prepared for each gathering

At its core, a Lazy Susan is only a round slicing board on prime of a smaller round slicing board with turntable {hardware} sandwiched in between. The finish outcome appears to be like spectacular, however don’t be intimidated—it’s a undertaking anybody with average woodworking talent can deal with. I constructed mine 18 inches in diameter from maple, with walnut accents, however there are quite a few methods to customise yours. Maybe you need to use various kinds of wooden, flip the boards so the sting or finish grain is seen, and even burn designs into your piece. Whatever your private aesthetic, you will discover a technique to make a Lazy Susan that feels distinctive to you or to the individual you’re making it for.

Warning: DIY initiatives might be harmful, even for essentially the most skilled makers. Before continuing with this or every other undertaking on our web site, guarantee you’ve got all needed security gear and know how you can use it correctly. At minimal, that will embody security glasses, a facemask, and/or ear safety. If you’re utilizing energy instruments, you have to know how you can use them safely and appropriately. If you don’t, or are in any other case uncomfortable with something described right here, don’t try this undertaking.

Stats

  • Time: 6 to eight hours
  • Material price: $40 to $100
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Materials

How to construct a DIY Lazy Susan

1. Cut the boards for the massive and small Lazy Susan discs. For my 18- and 10-inch-diameter circles, I minimize my maple board into 4 19-inch lengths for the highest and three 11-inch lengths for the underside. Next, joint (or sq.) the boards so the 2 edges are parallel with each other and perpendicular to 1 face of the board. If you don’t personal a jointer, you are able to do this on a desk noticed. 

We have an in depth information on how to joint wood without a jointer, however I can summarize the fundamentals. First, place a stage alongside your desk noticed’s fence and press the extra concave fringe of the board in opposition to the extent. Then alter the noticed fence so the blade will take a sliver off the opposite fringe of the board, and push the board and stage collectively to make the minimize. This will create a straight edge that’s perpendicular to the board’s backside face. Next, flip the board round, protecting the identical face down, and trim the opposite edge utilizing the desk noticed fence like regular (with out the extent). Do this with the entire boards for the panels. 

2. Glue the longer lengths to kind the highest panel. Spread glue over the sides of every piece of wooden and clamp them collectively in a roughly sq. form, utilizing a pair of clamps beneath the shape. Then place two extra clamps on prime, a couple of third of the way in which in from every finish, and tighten these. Having clamps on the highest and backside of will assist preserve the boards from twisting because the glue dries. If you need, you’ll be able to add clamping cauls to make sure an excellent flatter glue-up.

Tighten the clamps till glue squeezes out of all of the seams. If no glue comes out, you didn’t use sufficient. Wipe away as a lot of the glue squeeze-out as you’ll be able to with a humid paper towel whereas the glue continues to be moist. This will make life simpler while you sand the board later.

  • Pro tip: You can put skinny items of a unique sort of wooden between the lengths to create an ornamental, striped look. My Lazy Susan, as talked about above, is constituted of light-colored maple with darkish walnut accent stripes.
3. Glue the shorter lengths to kind the underside panel. All it’s a must to do right here is repeat the earlier step with the smaller items of wooden.

4. Sand or aircraft the 2 boards flat. Once the glue is dry in accordance with the producer’s directions, it’s time to flatten the boards. They ought to be fairly flat already, however there shall be some ridges and misalignments within the seams. The best technique to get the job accomplished is with a large planer, however not many individuals have entry to a 20-inch-wide planer, myself included. Instead, an orbital sander and 60-grit sandpaper is an efficient and DIY-friendly technique to align these seams and take away any residual glue. You may use a belt sander or hand aircraft.  

5. Draw your circles. It’s tempting to make use of the string technique to attract a circle: drive a nail into the center of the board, tie a bit of string round it, and tie a pencil to the string one radius away from the nail. And truthfully, that is what I did first. Unfortunately the string flexed and the pencil tilted barely as I drew my circle. Not a lot, however sufficient that my “circle” was a couple of quarter-inch shorter alongside one diameter then one other. 

A greater technique is to make use of a protracted piece of flat wooden as an alternative of string. After sticking a nail roughly into the middle of every board (be sure to don’t nail into the face you need to be the highest of your Lazy Susan), drill a nail-sized gap at one finish of a skinny piece of scrap, then drill two extra holes massive sufficient for a pencil to poke via on the radiuses of the 2 circles (5 and 9 inches away from the middle nail for me).

When the template is prepared, slip the scrap over the nail within the larger board and methodically spin that wooden round to hint the larger circle. Repeat this with the smaller board. The wooden received’t flex or permit the pencil to maneuver almost as a lot as string, and it’s best to find yourself with two near-perfect discs.

And, after all, if in case you have your individual foolproof circle-sketching technique, use that.

If you’re extra of a visible learner, that is how Step 5 works. Jean Levasseur

6. Cut out your circles. There are a number of methods to do that. The best is with a circle-cutting jig and a plunge router. If you’ve got entry to those, you’ll be able to truly skip Step 5. But I don’t have both, so I used a jigsaw, a palm router, and an orbital sander. 

Start by slicing out one of many circles with the jigsaw, staying to the skin of the road. Once you’re accomplished with the minimize, trim to the road with the palm router and a straight-cut bit. Take your time with this so that you don’t slip and minimize into the circle. Finally, clear up all the sides along with your random orbital sander and 60-grit sandpaper. If you don’t have a router, you should utilize the orbital sander to get to the road, however it might take longer to take away sufficient materials.

  • Note: You could have observed the bevel alongside the underside of my prime panel. Beveled edges look superior, and I put them on all of my slicing boards, however beveling a circle appeared like plenty of work and I had no intention of doing so. Then my router caught a knot and tore an enormous chunk out of the highest panel. To repair the chunk, I beveled the underside, utilizing my orbital sander with 60-grit sandpaper to create an roughly 45-degree bevel round the entire thing. It took a very long time, and I don’t advocate it. But it appears to be like nice. That stated, I most likely received’t add a bevel to my subsequent turntable until I’ve to.

7. Pre-drill holes for the turntable {hardware}. The finest drill bit to make use of for this step is one which’s smaller than the shaft of the screws included along with your turntable {hardware}. Before you drill, heart the turning {hardware} on the proper aspect of the board (the underside of the highest board and the highest of the underside one). 

[Related: Save space by building this simple cutting board rack inside any door]

The best and quickest method I discovered to heart it was to attract two perpendicular diameters throughout every circle. Draw one via the unique nail gap utilizing a straightedge or stage. Then use a velocity sq. to place that straight-edge perpendicular to the primary line and draw the second diameter.

Line up every of the screw holes within the turning {hardware} on these diameter traces. If there’s a line seen in the midst of every gap, you’re centered. Mark the place of every of the pilot holes and drill them out.

  • Note: This technique will solely work if there are 4 screw holes that kind a sq.. Any different configuration and also you’ll must heart the {hardware} in a different way.

8. Drill an entry gap within the backside board. In order to really connect the turning {hardware}, you’ll join it first to the underside board, then to the highest. However, there’s not sufficient room between them to make use of a screwdriver or drill, so that you’ll must bore an entry gap.

To discover the suitable spot, lay the turning {hardware} in place on the underside board. Then spin the piece of the turning {hardware} that attaches to the highest board so the empty screw gap is over wooden, not metallic. Mark that place, then drill a ¾-inch gap via the underside board. This will function an entry gap so you’ll be able to fasten the {hardware} to the highest board. 

(Optional) 9. Route insets for the turning {hardware}. This isn’t strictly needed, however will make it simpler to put in the {hardware}. While you’re marking for pilot holes, hint the define of the {hardware}. Then, utilizing a router and a straight slicing bit, route an inset the identical depth because the thickness of the metallic turning {hardware}. This inset will maintain the {hardware} in place while you’re attempting to put in it, which shall be an enormous assist.

10. Sand each circles easy. Sanding is the important thing to great-looking woodworking. At this level within the undertaking, you’ve already sanded all the pieces flat with 60-grit paper. Now use your orbital sander to maneuver although the remaining grits: 80, 120, 150, and eventually 220. I hardly ever see the purpose in going increased than 220-grit, and this undertaking is not any totally different. Higher grits can shut the pores of the wooden, making it tougher for the oil end to soak in, and 220-grit feels extraordinarily easy to the contact. There’s a diminishing return on high quality above 220 that doesn’t appear definitely worth the time. 

The solely factor to watch out of is to not smash the curve of the boards, which might be simple to do with an orbital sander. To keep away from that, I sanded the sides by hand with sanding sponges.  

Once you’ve sanded to 220, you’ll want to boost the grain of the wooden and sand once more. When wooden will get moist, the fibers soak up moisture and swell, making a tough texture on even the best-sanded initiatives. To fight this, use a twig bottle to moist the wooden after sanding with the 220-grit paper, let it dry, and evenly hand-sand with 220 once more. The easy texture will stay.

11. Apply end to the highest and backside boards. I used two coats of butcher block conditioner, which is a mix of mineral oil and beeswax that’s simple to use and food-safe. I used Howard’s as a result of that’s out there at my native ironmongery shop, however any model ought to be advantageous. 

Simply pour a number of the oil onto the board and unfold it round with both a lint-free rag or a plastic spreading software till the wooden is totally saturated (previous driver’s licenses and bank cards work nice for this). Allow the end to soak in in accordance with the producer’s really helpful timing, after which wipe off any extra or apply a second coat if the wooden soaked all of it in.

If you want one thing extra everlasting and sturdy, think about using wood bowl finish

12. Install the turning {hardware}. The final step is to connect the turning {hardware}. This is straightforward, however the order issues. 

Screw the turning {hardware} to the underside board first, utilizing the pre-drilled pilot holes from Step 7. Then, flip the entire unit the other way up and place the turning {hardware} on the highest board. This is the place the ¾-inch entry gap you drilled in Step 8 comes into play. You ought to be capable of flip that backside board till the massive gap is over one of many screw holes for the highest board. Using a screwdriver or drill, drive within the first screw, then flip the underside board to get to the subsequent screw location.

This is quicker and fewer irritating with a magnetic screwdriver or drill bit, as a result of it’s very simple to drop the screw in that small gap.

Now all you’ve obtained to do is determine what to serve on it first. Thanksgiving and different vacation meals are an apparent alternative, given the array of dishes you’re prone to have on the desk, however it’s best to be capable of discover many makes use of to your do-it-yourself Lazy Susan. Tacos, for instance, are all the time a crowd pleaser, as a result of there are such a lot of substances that your loved ones should preserve spinning to get to all of them.  



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