Quick Lazy Susan

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Project by Texasgaloot posted 07-25-2008 04:56 AM 2468 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in one of those strange places where I could not work on a big project because I didn’t have time to work to a stopping point, and yet I absolutely had to do some woodworking. This is an afternoon project designed to organize our supper table and score points with my bride (success, both counts.) Made from scraps, it is laminated from red oak, walnut, and an offcut of Bolivian rosewood I had on hand. A few passes through the jointer, a few passes through the lunchbox planer, a 2 hour glue-up while I emptied my dust collector and did a few other chores, and a slap-together circle template for the router, and Bob’s your uncle. 1/4” roundover on the top, 1/4” cove to make the thickness appear, well, thinner, a light sanding and a couple of shots of spray on poly. Learned that I don’t care for the spray poly. Learned that I need to learn more about photographic lighting.

Besides all of this, it’s been a while since I posted a project, so I thought I’d better get with it.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 07-25-2008 04:59 AM

Looks Great! Just the right size, too!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-25-2008 05:27 AM

Better than burning those scraps plus you made the little woman happy : ) Spray on poly sucks in my opinion too !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 07-25-2008 05:41 AM

Nice susan, texas, very nice. 2 birds with 1 board. Cool.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 07-25-2008 06:11 AM

I am with all the above..

You can buy you a brand new truck
Chrome it all out, jack it way up
You can build you a house up high on a hill
With a pool and a pond and a view to kill
You can make all the money in sight
But you aint livin the good life

Til you put a girl in it
You aint got nothin
What’s it all worth
Without a little lovin

Good Job Bro….yea..well…I am a thinkin ya earned some points… :)

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#5 posted 07-25-2008 01:29 PM

Great job! I like your reference to “a 2 hour glue-up while I emptied my dust collector and did a few other chores” – a great use of time!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 07-25-2008 03:15 PM

Hi Tex;

Very practical and creative.

Sounds like you learned plenty in a number of areas.

I should do something like that. I have lots of scraps.

Thanks for the idea.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-25-2008 03:28 PM

Nice little project. The bad thing is that you remind me that I really need that planer I’ve been wanting.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Scott Wilson

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#8 posted 07-25-2008 04:24 PM

Uncle Bob would be proud, too!

-- Scott Wilson - Bear with me, I'm learning!

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#9 posted 07-25-2008 05:27 PM

This turned out to be a fun post!

Frank (Dustnspllinters): Sounds like a country song to me, fits my life to a tee. Been there, done that, got the shirt, before the woman life looked like dirt.

It was just one of those “worst day woodworking is better than the best day designing sewer system” jobs. Ought to be a piece of cake for you.

Had I not already had it out and set up for another job, I would have whipped out the No.-6 and had the job done in the length of time it takes me to get the screaming tailed apprentice out, clamp it down, hook up the (screaming) dust collector, and sneak up on the starting thickness. As in, I’m all about your tag line. When it gets to where you are actually saying that I remind you that “I really want that planer I’ve been needing,” that’s the time to spend the money on it. But then, I’m the sort of strange person who would rather find a 607 or 608 that I can tune up and control vs. spend a little more money on a device that would be really happy to eat me. Hence the “Galoot”.

Thanks so much for looking!!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#10 posted 07-25-2008 08:40 PM

I don’t know what was more entertaining.. looking at the pictures of the beautiful project or reading the story and the comments!!!

nice job

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 07-26-2008 05:51 AM

That’s great! It’s funny the wife just mentioned to me last night at dinner that she wanted one of these for our kitchen table. With 3 boys, supper time is usually listening to the 7 and 5 year old arguing over the ketchup
bottle. Having one of these, just might make supper somewhat peaceful. Thanks for sharing the project!

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#12 posted 07-27-2008 03:19 AM

Hey Brian—

It doesn’t get any easier when they are 15 and 11 (sorry!) The trick is keeping them from getting so over-zealous that they launch the ketchup bottle across the freaking room! Ask me how I know this…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#13 posted 08-17-2008 05:50 AM

That sounds like my kids. Nice job on the lazy susans.

-- Bud -

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