Hi – I really hope someone more experienced than I can help this complete newbie. I was very ambitious and for only my 3rd woodworking challenge decided to build a large compass rose lazy susan for my mom. The wood I chose is hard (sugar) maple for the background, and mahogany and American walnut for the pointers (i.e. the “star”).
In a moment of brain failure I thoroughly messed up my first attempt by putting a brass banding around the edge radius of the lazy susan, and very predictably and as I should have known would happen the wood movement caused deflection in the lazy susan because the brass off-course didn’t accommodate the wood movement.
I have now scrapped this first attempt, and am re-doing the entire project, but want to make very sure this 2nd attempt is going to be successful.
My question is as follows:
- I am definitely not making the same mistake of using any metals in the construction, but am still concerned about warping due to wood movement’
- I am edge joining all the different components of the lazy susan which means I am largely avoiding any cross-jointing of wood, with the end grain on the outside of the lazy susan (that is the wood grain will run radially from the centre of the lazy san to the outside of the circl). Given the cutting angles the grain doesn’t always run perfectly straight,
- In my understanding this method of joining and aligning the components should mean that the majority of wood movement due to changing moisture levels would be across the grain – i.e. all the components should expand more or less equally in a circle.
- Is this assumptions correct or should I change my construction method to avoid any future warping?