Welcome to my first Instructable! Over the years I've gotten a lot of inspiration from Instructables projects and finally decided it was time to document one of my own. Please let me know if there's anything I should add, clarify, etc. Enjoy!
Our kitchen is fairly small and spices were difficult to find in the cabinet space available, so I wanted to build a lazy susan of some sort. A few months ago, I picked up some free maple hardwood floor scraps from a Craigslist ad. So far, I've used them to make a bird feeder, this project, and I'm currently working on a picture frame. As you will see, the tongue-and-groove aspect of the flooring worked out fairly well in this project.
- Bar clamps
- Orbital sander & sandpaper
- Compass (or bowl to trace)
- Drill bit
- Scrap hardwood flooring (or whatever wood you have around to make the disk)
- Wood glue
- Lazy susan hardware kit
- Wipe on Poly (or other stain/finish)
- 1/2" #6 screws
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Step 1: Measure & Glue
I measured the width and depth of the spice shelf and found the shorter dimension to be about 11 inches.
Then I found a few pieces of the flooring that still had their tongue-and-groove sides intact and made sure they would fit together to be wider than 11 inches in both directions.
Using wood glue, I applied glue to the "tongue" of each board and clamped them together with a couple bar clamps for over 24 hours.
Step 2: Plane
Using my desktop planer, I ran the piece through enough times to take the finish off the top and the ribs off the bottom of the flooring, only taking about 1/32" on each pass.
Step 3: Cut a Circle
Since I didn't have a compass on hand I found a steel bowl in the kitchen that was about 10.5 inches in diameter.
I traced the bowl with a pencil and used a jigsaw to cut out the disk. Next time I may build a router jig (or hopefully use a CNC router), as the circle wasn't quite perfect.
Step 4: Sand & Finish
I used a random orbit sander and 100 grit sandpaper to smooth the surface, round over the edges a bit, and get the circle looking a little more uniform.
I moved on to 220 grit and got the top nice and smooth. We liked the way the wood looked naturally, so I put on a few coats of Wipe on Poly, sanding lightly with 220 between coats.
Step 5: Add Lazy Susan Hardware & Reorganize Cabinet
I tried a few different techniques to find the center of the disk with mediocre results. I finally ended up placing the disk onto the lazy susan hardware (bottom side up) and spinning it until it seemed to be centered, then using a pencil I lightly marked the disk near the center while it was spinning. This resulted in a small circle that was roughly centered on the bottom of the disk.
I then positioned the hardware and marked the mounting holes.
Using a scrap of tape, I marked the depth on the drill bit and pre-drilled at all four marks using a cordless drill (this would have been easier with a drill press).
I attached the hardware with #6 screws to complete the project.
It is now quite a bit easier to find spices in our cabinet!