A bunch of Lazy Susans

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Project by Ebro posted 11-17-2015 02:18 AM 1075 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There have been a lot of Lazy Susan posts lately (thanks Mr. Tim Zavacki) and here are my versions. I’m getting ready for a craft show in a few weeks so I’m batching out everything I make. Here are my first five, the rest are in varying stages in the shop. The first is oak, the next two are walnut, the next is oak/cherry/maple, and the last is oak/cherry. I came across a box of hardware a few years ago at an auction for $1 but hadn’t used them until now. Since my hardware cost me less than 10 cents each, if anyone has a suggestion on the going rate for these, I’d appreciate the feedback. I used a few different finishes, either spray lacquer or wiping varnish. They are either 15” or 16”. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-17-2015 02:26 AM

I’m selling 17” Lazy Susans for $80 in southern California, and I made 12 for my November shows, and am making 18 for my December shows. Smaller size might need a lower price … I started mine at $50 last year, and have increased since then. So many people walk into my booth filled with cutting boards and cheese boards, and exclaim, “Are those Lazy Susans???”

Last weekend, I sold 2 large end grain cutting boards, and 5 Lazy Susans.

My Susans use more exotic woods; they sometimes have MUCH more contrast than your very nice creations. Tastes vary. Look at my latest batch, here. FWIW, I thought # 15 – 031 was TOO colorful, but it sold to a young Indian couple. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing; perhaps it’s just different people like different things.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 03:01 AM

Henry, I love the blog, I’ll keep referring to it, lots of good information there. I liked the surfboard cutting boards but I laughed a little when I thought about how they’d go over in Indiana… we’re not a big surfing state.

Your Lazy Susan’s are definitely more colorful! I have one in the works that uses wenge and really old oak barn wood. I’ve been eyeballing my bloodwood stash and some pinkish mystery wood to pair with figured maple but I don’t know if I’ll get to that one anytime soon.

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#3 posted 11-17-2015 06:20 AM

The fact that you got a deal on the hardware does not diminish the value of your product. Price them the same as you would if you paid current prices for the hardware.

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#4 posted 11-17-2015 03:45 PM

Nice work, Charge for your time. We as woodworkers seem to all get caught up in not charging enough. Myself included.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-17-2015 04:05 PM

I am mid-project on a wine-barrel lazy susan tray for my wife. I made a circle cutting jig for my router a few months back and it works like a dream.

This is my first lazy susan though and I have a question on how to put the thing together with the lazy susan contraption. On the bottom spinner, do I screw all the way up and through the bottom plate to attach to the susan mobile? Haven’t quite figured out exactly how/what order it gets put together.


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#6 posted 11-17-2015 04:40 PM

These really look nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 11-17-2015 04:51 PM

dbockel2, the hardware I’m using looks similar to this. I’m not using a bottom wood base so I get the hardware centered and rotate it so the large hole is over the screw hole and drive the screw. Rotate and repeat.

If you’re using hardware like this, you could do it two ways. 1) screw the top in place and epoxy the bottom wood base to the hardware or 2) screw the bottom base on first and drill an access hole that lines up with the top holes. When you rotate the hardware you can screw the top in place through the access hole in the bottom base.

Hopefully that answers your question.

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#8 posted 11-17-2015 06:46 PM

It does—thanks. I bought the $4 Home Depot hardware (a la #2).

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