Small Walnut Tumbling Block Lazy Susan

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 10-20-2008 05:06 PM 3025 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To let you know I can work with just one type of wood on an object, here is my Walnut Tumbling Block Lazy Susan. Even the Tumbling Block pattern can be made with only one type of wood.

The Small Walnut “Tumbling Block” Lazy Susan is based on the “Tumbling Block” quilt pattern. It measures 12” across (13 ½” tip to tip) and is 2” high. There are 312 pieces on the overlay. The pieces are cut and glued in place, one piece at a time. The pattern covers the top and extends over the edge uninterrupted, to within ¼” of the table top it sits on. The stationary base is hidden on the inside, behind the edge.

This Lazy Susan is finished in its natural color with 8 or 10 coats of varnish on the top. Then the sides were sanded and 5 or 6 coats of wiping varnish were rubbed in by hand. After the top had hardened for at least a month, I level it and buff it to a high shine. This does give the top a more amber look than the sides but gives the top a “glass smooth” feel.

The pattern has the illusion of a lot of blocks but there are as many stars as there are blocks. The design forces you to see the blocks. On each diamond, if you go to the side you are in the middle of a block. At each point you are in the middle of a star that has 6 points.

This lazy susan is made from “Walnut” from Missouri. The grain going in different directions, all uniform, makes the design in this lazy susan.

On the bottom, I signed it, listed the wood, and dated it. After the date the words “Foot Cut” let you know I made it on a foot powered table saw.

LS Sm TB Wal 1

Thank You for looking,
Robin Tucker

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#1 posted 10-20-2008 06:37 PM

Very cool project, quite unique. I like the 3d effect. thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 10-20-2008 09:07 PM

Nice…True art!

Jeff – Grapevine, Texas

-- Jeff - Grapevine, Texas - Tight budget = creativity, resourcefulness and a clean scrap bin...

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#3 posted 10-20-2008 11:22 PM

That is astoundingly cool!!!

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#4 posted 10-21-2008 01:32 PM

I really like the subtleties of this work. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 10-22-2008 01:18 AM

I swear I think I can reach in and pull one of those cubes out of that piece. Nice work, what kind of time do you have in that piece? If you don’t mind me asking.

-- F.Little

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#6 posted 10-22-2008 04:29 AM

Quite a bit, more on this on because of the extra finish on the top of it.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 05:18 AM

Cool work nice piece

-- Jim, Kentucky

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