Lazy Susan From Scrap Flooring




Introduction: Lazy Susan From Scrap Flooring

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.

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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!

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    3 years ago

    Anybody knows the origin of this name "lazy Suzan" ? We call this "un tourniquet".

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    Nice way to reuse scrap materials. I need to make one of these for my spice cabinet.