001: maple lazy susan #1: everything up to, but not including the finishing work

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 02-22-2009 04:07 PM 2785 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a very simple one. I was hired by our office manager to slap together a lazy susan in maple, to match the cabinets at work in the kitchen. It’s going to hold coffee cans, filters, spoons, and other coffee-time trappings. It can’t get much simpler.

I biscuit joined 5 17” lengths of jointed 1×4 maple from the same 8’ plank, making a roughly 17” square, cut out a 16”+ circle, sanded it up and routed the edge to clean it up to a more perfect 16”, ripped a 4.5’ strip of 3/16” edge banding from another maple plank, tapered the end, and now a strap clamp is keeping the edge band tight overnight while the Titebond III dries.

I’m not quite set up for circles work, so making the circle jig, testing out various edge banding materials, and fighting the banding and strap clamp with everything wet with glue ended up taking me all day today. Sigh…

Maple 1x4s biscuit joined into a 17

The RIDGID laminate trimmer worked great in the homemade jig, but the bit was too short

the glue-up - some custome maple edge-banding drying overnight

Can’t wait to unclamp it tomorrow and get it done. A simple, quick project, and I’ll get paid. That never happens!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 04:11 PM

Looking good. Just curious: Why are you edge banding solid maple?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 05:12 PM

I had the same thought as Giz. Unless you are putting on a contrasting material, of course.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 03:02 AM

Edge banding might not be the best choice of terms here. It’s actually a raised lip to keep items on when it’s spun around. It’s doubling as extra-thick edge banding. The other possibly valid answer could be that I’m completely new to this, and don’t know what I’m doing :)

I’m open to pointers, or info on any established methods. Thanks!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 04:44 AM

A quicker way would hve been to use a sheet of 3/4 maple plywood and then put your 1/4” band around it. Lot faster than gluing up boards and will finish the same way.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 05:39 AM

Thanks for the tip, cabinetmaster. I have to be honest… that hadn’t even occurred to me! I’m looking forward to learning a lot more of these ways to speed me up, because I am dreadfully slow. I found a great plywood store very close by this past week – after I’d already glued up the 5 plank pieces – and you’re right. It would have been a lot simpler to get a sheet already at the right thickness, instead of jointing, planing, biscuit joining, and then sanding more because it was still too thick. What a pain!

Thanks again.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 02-23-2009 02:16 PM

Nice work, a different method then of getting the same results. Pretty cool.

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