No Hardware Lazy Susan

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Project by gfadvm posted 10-30-2012 10:40 PM 2775 views 14 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not much woodworking here but Monte’s lazy susans and a question about where to buy hardware got me thinking: could one work with no hardware? This project is the answer. It is 15” in diameter with a 12” base and 9” ‘spacer’. Pivot is a 1” diameter Jatoba dowel glued into the base and recessed into the top 5/8”. Materials: poplar stained with MW Gunstock, Jatoba dowel,1/4” plywood, leather pads on bottom. Finish: shellac and wax. It spins very freely and has no wobble (the dowel length is key to preventing wobble). Pretty quick and simple. I grew up in the country where we didn’t just run to town for something, we made it! Criticism is always accepted so have at it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 10:45 PM

Seems like you accomplished it with no hardware. How smoothly does it spin around? I would imagine that a wee bit of wax on the dowel would make for a smooth and friction free spin.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 10:51 PM

No criticism here Andy, She’s a Pretty Susan!!
You sure do turn out some nice projects… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 10:57 PM

That is really slick,Andy, and it won’t rust shut like a metal lazy Susan that gets wet!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 11:18 PM

Looks like a Smart Suzan to me. Well done my friend.

Edit: I take that back. It would have been a great improvement to have that knot on the TOP, not hidden underneath. I hope you can learn from this one Andy. :D

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 11:34 PM

Nice solution. Good work.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 12:05 AM

OK, back to the shop to try this. Very nice looking. Last time I used that color stain it didn’t come out looking that good.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 12:09 AM


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#8 posted 10-31-2012 12:30 AM

Good thinking nice lazy susan.

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 12:37 AM

This looks great – a very solid design.

I’ve also seen a very similar design using a small copper BB that fits in between the dowel and the top piece – you can spin it like a top and it would go for a good 60 seconds!

Great build!


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#10 posted 10-31-2012 12:55 AM

Thanks guys. I really just did this to see if it would work. I’m gonna try that BB trick tomorrow. Great tip!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 01:44 AM

Andy, I love the look and the design. Your last posting was right, you are breaking new ground. Especially nice job of staining. The one inch pivot is substantial. How did you cut the circles…bandsaw, lathe, router, or combination?

My only question is does the Susan still spin well with a dish or two that is not balanced in the center? The BB sounds good and a recessed marble in the large dowel might work as well, or one of those nylon glides for the bottom of chairs might give a larger bearing area. Have you considered a low rim to keep stuff from being spun off? Not likely but a situation to consider. I like the variety of work you are making. Thanks for taking us along on your creative journey. I am looking forward to what comes next.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 01:52 AM

Nicely done Andy.
Like the simple no hardware design .
In the past I have made some turn tables using glass marbles spaced out in individual pockets ,seems to work well also and very inexpensive just don’t take the good ones from your kids stash . LOL

-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 10-31-2012 02:56 AM

Al, I freehand cut those circles on the bandsaw (my circle cutting jig cuts spirals). It spins easily with pressure clear out to the edge (that’s why I used the spacer so it wouldn’t tilt and bind on the dowel). Kiefer, I designed one in my mind with marble bearings running in a routed groove all the way around the underside of the top. Then I decided to try the “KISS” method first. Sometimes I tend to overthink stuff!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 10-31-2012 04:00 AM

I once made one with 5/8” groove in the bottom then used marbles in the groove—trouble was that the marbles kept collecting on one side after a while you had to redistribute the marbles

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#15 posted 10-31-2012 04:40 AM

that’s using the old jatoba andy

came out real nice

looks great

-- 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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