Quilt Top Lazy Susan

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Project by dustbunny posted 09-23-2009 04:28 PM 5724 views 18 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a lazy susan, and first attempt at a quilt pattern with small individual pieces.
The diamonds are 3/4”, and the overall dimension of the top is just over 12”.
Wood from inside out- Padauk, Purpleheart, Yellowheart, Sapele, Hard Maple, Purpleheart, and side trim is Hard Maple.
The diamonds are individually glued to a 3/4” piece of plywood, and the base it is mounted on is also 3/4” ply.
Sanded to 220, and finished with brush on satin polyurethane. I may wax it, but not sure what is a good wax to top over poly with, if at all.

Credits to Robin Tucker (aka Woodmosaics) who blogged a tutorial, and Wood magazine that published a book ” Wood Magazine: Making Great Boxes” that has a quilt top box pattern. Both were very helpful. I am in the process of making 3 boxes + 2 more lazy susans.

I built an awesome jig for cutting the diamonds, which if there is interest I will blog. All cuts for the triangles and diamonds can be done on this jig, as well as straight crosscuts, without any set up.

I am excited about this project as it generated a lot of interest to those I showed it to, and it was SOLD the minute I took it out of the bag to show it, it didn’t even have a finish on it yet.

Critique’s are always welcomed,thanks for looking : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 04:39 PM

very beautifull , lisa .
and for a first !

so yea , lets see the jig .
and the next projects .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 05:11 PM

fantastic it looks great
i would also like to see the jig you are using to make them. I made 1 a while back
but i would like to see your take on making them
you are selling your work also. i have been selling my stuff for about 3 months now
it is a hard way to make a buck .

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 05:18 PM

Fantastic is an understatement, Lisa!

Dittos here on wanting to see your jig.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 05:34 PM

WOW! that is gorgeous!!!!
One of the nicest I have seen
Great choice of colors/wood selection

another item added to my “must do list”

-another vote to see your jig details….perhaps a blog

Great job and thanks for sharing

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#5 posted 09-23-2009 05:42 PM

Very Nice … lets see the jig when you get time …
enjoy …

-- ~ Mark Smaltz Tech Ed Teacher , Nokesville Va ~

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#6 posted 09-23-2009 05:50 PM

Spectacular! A true craftsman and artesian!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 09-23-2009 05:52 PM

Absolutely beautiful !!!! Wood combination and details are perfect…........

Another interested soul that wants to see your jig !!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 05:53 PM

Very nice

-- Vince

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#9 posted 09-23-2009 05:54 PM

Very beautiful use of the different woods. I like the octagon shape as well, so many are just round. I can see why it was an instant seller.Looking forward to seeing the jig also. Keep on keeping on!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 09-23-2009 06:32 PM

Great Job! Love it! I was also inspired by Robin Tucker (aka Woodmosaics). On mine, I used a similar octagon shape, but then at the end put it in a circle cutting jig to round it up. I’m very interested in seeing your jig. Check out my post with the jig I used, it might give you some ideas…

Click for details

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#11 posted 09-23-2009 06:34 PM

Lisa that is wonderful work. I have done quite a few smaller pieces using this technique. In England it is called “stickwork” where it is a time honored woodcraft. In my opinion this is certainly one of the best examples I have seen. Please do your blog on this. It would be fun and instructive to see your method.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 09-23-2009 06:38 PM

beautiful work Lisa!
welcome to the world of little tiny pieces!

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#13 posted 09-23-2009 06:44 PM

Lisa Great! This style is the mountain top of Lazy Susans. Please post a blog on your jig, I need the right idea on making one and I can clearly see you have it. Also where did you get you Hardware? Thanks

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#14 posted 09-23-2009 06:54 PM

Thanks for posting the jig. I missed your original post as it was before I was a LJ.
My jig is similar to yours, but it is on a table saw sled, and has one hold down clamp with two depressors. One on each side of the blade. I modified a horizontal toggle clamp, nothing flying around in my shop. LOL

To all so far- I will blog it when I get a spare moment….soon, I’m on vacation this week.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#15 posted 09-23-2009 09:46 PM

Wow Lisa, that is incredible! It just looks so “real”!!
I love the wood combinations. It looks so solid.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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