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Rotating lazy susan with slide out drawers

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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 08-19-2016 08:56 PM 1420 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got it in my head that I wanted something different for the corner base cabinet in my kitchen build.

I spent two days failing to get anywhere on angled dovetails with my Incra before giving up. I then spent another day being a dope with the angled box joints. All in all I wasted four full weekend sessions, destroying material and confidence, but I was not going to give up with that much invested. I made a 45 degree sled attachment and carefully calibrated it with flashing strips until it was as close to 45 as I could get it. I can fit three pieces at a time and it worked pretty well, but I really had to pay attention, ensuring consistent pressure direction and looking for board movement. I struggled getting the two drawer front pieces the right length and had to redo them three times before I finally went online and used math to determine it, based on the hypotenuse and angle. Duh. I sucked at math and really wish I had tried harder! Note the photo where I had to cut off the fingers I just milled (routed) because it too long. I had to re-mill them. Three times. Dope.

The glue-up was an absolute nightmare. Took me a while to figure out a system that worked OK, but it was really challenging to seat the box joints. A 90 joint can easily be clamped and drawn together but this was much trickier for me. I finally figured out that if I secured the drawer front with a clamp to prevent it from distorting I could use another clamp to draw that assembly down. Without the first clamp bad things would happen. It’s just poplar and I used Arm R Seal. With rounded edges it actually looks pretty good close up. The handles are chunky pieces of maple that I fit to each drawer front with my new shooting plane setup. I routed a finger groove under each one and they work intuitively.

I have some ideas as to how I might do it the next time, but I hope to God that I never have to do one of these again.

The assembly sits on a circular bearing and will have a folding cabinet door on the base cabinet.





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#1 posted 08-19-2016 09:22 PM

I knew you’d handle it. Be careful, now. Someone you know is gonna want one.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 08-19-2016 11:18 PM

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#3 posted 08-20-2016 01:50 AM

Your description of the journey made me laugh…and the outcome looks great. Really like the uniqueness of the drawers.

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#4 posted 08-20-2016 02:00 AM

Awesome! HOWever, I’d need to fit that under an already-upgraded granite top. I envision something like building a ship in a bottle…. ouch!

Hold the phone! Maybe not so bad… the range is next to one side of the current corner cabinet (the one with horrible fixed shelves)! OK, I’ve got a plan! No TIME, but a plan….. great design dude, definitely doable with the range yanked out for access.

Thanks!

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#5 posted 08-20-2016 04:29 AM

Nice job!

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#6 posted 08-20-2016 11:44 AM

THAT IS INCREDIBLE!!!
I love it!!

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#7 posted 08-20-2016 12:02 PM

beautiful work. would be a shame to put a door in front of it and cover it.

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#8 posted 08-20-2016 05:00 PM

Thanks all for the kind word of support.

I post my projects for two reasons:

1. Because I like to show off my accomplishments, which are almost always rife with challenges.

2. I hope they inspire other woodworkers of my skill level to take on challenges that you CAN accomplish if you persevere and aren’t afraid to fail.

Oh … PS:

This project is not quite done with me yet. I awoke to a sore eye a few days ago, which has been getting worse. Today I learned that there is a piece of wood buried in there. I have an appt today with the optometrist (I think that’s the title) for excavation. I have to be more careful in the shop.

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#9 posted 08-20-2016 05:00 PM

Wow, that is great! Looks amazing!

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#10 posted 08-20-2016 05:20 PM

Todd, that is a very practical piece, a nice design, and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#11 posted 08-20-2016 07:09 PM



Thanks all for the kind word of support.

Oh … PS:

I awoke to a sore eye a few days ago, which I learned that there is a piece of wood buried in there.

- toddbeaulieu

Ouch! Hope everything works out.

This has me wondering if anyone make optical quality shop glasses? My plastic ones are okay but I find myself taking them off a lot.

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#12 posted 08-22-2016 08:11 PM

That is very clever sir!
I really like this idea.

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#13 posted 08-22-2016 08:35 PM

That looks great Todd. The cabinet will be really handy.

I see you are still using your fancy work bench. I liked it the moment I saw it, tagged it, and made one in similar fashion.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 08-22-2016 08:38 PM

Do you just love that bench, or what? I use it way more than my real workbench, which is used to store piles of stuff on top. Got any pics of your build?

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#15 posted 08-22-2016 09:12 PM



Do you just love that bench, or what? I use it way more than my real workbench, which is used to store piles of stuff on top. Got any pics of your build?

- toddbeaulieu

Yes sir. It stores my dovetail jig underneath and other stuff underneath it.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92907

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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