Lazy Susan made by 14 year old boy

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Project by BburgBoy posted 06-23-2020 08:22 PM 883 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, this was indeed turned by a 14 year old boy in shop class – me. Made more than 50 years ago, it functioned on my parents’ kitchen table for almost 40 years. After they died, it got lonely and lost in my basement for at least a decade.

It was recently rediscovered by my wife, uh – named Susan, who insisted I repair and refinish it. I insisted, in return, that it would only be possible if I purchased a lathe to turn the base, which had shifted and warped. Old codgers can be wiley too. She agreed.

It’s a decidedly simple design. The base was comprised of four stacked 8X8 3/4 cherry and the top of two 8X16 side by side pieces. Grooves cut in the base and bottom of the platen hold about 25 steel ball bearings, provided by my dad the engineer. Sanded and refinished with shellac and oil poly.

I hope that it lasts another 50 years on my kids’ or grandkids’ kitchen tables.

And now I turn to re-learning how to use that lathe….

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#1 posted 06-24-2020 12:22 PM

Incredible work 14-year-old Larry! I love that you used actual balls in a race milled into the wood :-) And congratulations on the new toy :-))

BTW, I have rebuilt my chainsaw twice and it’s still not running…

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 06-24-2020 01:53 PM

very cooll that it survived all those years and was repurposed to live gain.i like your bearing system too.nice work larry.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 06-24-2020 04:11 PM

wow, very impressive

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#4 posted 06-25-2020 02:45 AM

Tell your young self that he did good. ... and tell your old self he done good too by getting a new machine out of it. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 06-29-2020 01:46 PM

The work itself is impressive enough, but the provenance makes it a valuable heirloom treasure. Thanks for the back story.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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