Lazy Susans

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Project by closetguy posted 02-10-2010 03:24 AM 3162 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so I got carried away with lazy susans last month. I needed a break from cutting boards and Scott, aka Poroskywood, inspired me to expand my mind. I made a post a while back about the “paint grade” figured maple I found on the bottom of the pile of my lumber supplier. The first three are made with that $1.83 bdf “paint grade” maple. I used scrap pieces laying around the shop for the last two. All of these are 16” in diameter, with a 10” base mounted to a 9” bearing.

These are my new items for 2010 to take to this year’s shows. I made up 10 of various designs. Two sold to local repeat customers who saw them on my blog. I listed three on Etsy two days ago and though they haven’t sold, I sold two custom orders based on the designs in a 12” and 18”. Base on preliminary interest, I believe these may be big sellers this year.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 03:28 AM

Nice choice of wood! They look great and the price is right!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 03:42 AM

these are beautiful….nice lay out of the woods…glad you got a break …i hope these do well for you….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 03:51 AM

They all look great.


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#5 posted 02-10-2010 04:11 AM

These are too nice to set anything on Dennis!
I like the sapwood walnut one the best.

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 06:25 AM

I am watching and learning how to make these things..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 06:33 AM

Very clever indeed. Good luck, don’t think you’ll need it though.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 01:15 PM

Are you using a band saw to cut your circles? If so, how are you cutting them without a “pivot” point in the center? You would benefit some of us by posting some photos of your circle jig. Nice work.

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 01:56 PM

Very nice choice of wood and combinations. They should be a big seller.
Preparing to make a few myself for the spring artisan’s fair around here.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 02-10-2010 04:44 PM

There is a pivot point on both. You can’t see them because they are facing in toward each other. I have a real high-tech circle jig. It consists of 3/4” MDF about 24” long x the width of the bandsaw table. I drilled holes down the center line, one inch apart for the pivot pin. The jig is clamped to the table with two clamps.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 07:12 PM

I think these are really cool!

Where do you get the bearings from? I take it you round over the edges with a router after you have bandsawn the circles? How do the bearings attach to the wood?

-- Home of Woodworking.

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#12 posted 02-10-2010 09:22 PM

Super nice! Which bearings did you wend up going with? I like the plastic slim line from rockler but you need a 13” base for them to fit. I’ve also been putting littler rubber feet on them so they grip a smooth table surface better. I like the stripe cutting board design on these. I’m sure they match your other stuff nicely. Think I’ll do a couple this way.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#13 posted 02-11-2010 03:06 AM

I got the 9” bearings from a company on Ebay. They were selling packs of 5 for $28 with free shipping. The price for bearings are all over the place. Rockler has the 9” for $5.99 and Highland Hardware sells the same bearing for $10. I can get them for under $4 if I order case lots of 25 or more, but I didn’t want to commit to that many until I see how they sell at my March show. I found one place for $3.25, but when you add in the shipping costs it pushed the unit cost over $6. For small quantities, Ebay is the way to go if you can get free shipping.

Scott, I put self-adhesive cork “dots” on the bottom. I just didn’t have them on for the pictures. I am planing to order a few of the plastic ones from Rockler to try out for 18”+.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#14 posted 02-11-2010 03:18 AM

well done ,
these look very nice .

i use those clear rubber bumpers for cab doors ( stick on ) ,
and found that over time they come loose .
i did see some new ones that insert into a drilled hole that sound much better .
maybe rockler or woodcraft ?

edit , http://pro, #118-220
multi-purpose bumpers

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 04:08 AM

Patron, those new ones that insert into a drilled hole don’t have any friction. I tried some last year on cutting boards and they slid all over the counter. I think I bought them from Lee Valley, but they were useless for feet.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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