Build: divided lazy susan
Make a tabletop divided lazy susan for less than one-third the cost of the inspiration version.
And this is the inspiration:
image from potterybarn.com
It’s a perfect mix of warm wood and shiny metal:
1 – 17″ cake pan ($23) (found at local restaurant supply store)
1 – 6″ lazy susan turntable hardware ($5)
1 – 3 5/8″ screw eye ($3)
1 – door hole filler plate ($5)
1 – 1/4″ poplar boards (4″w x 4’l) ($4)
1 1/2″ dowel @ 4″l
1″ finish nails
total cost $40
(Or go for the Pottery Barn version for $129 plus shipping.)
How to build the divided lazy susan:
1. Cut poplar dividers, mine are 7 3/4″ long each.
(Measure diameter of pan (17″) minus center dowel (1 1/2″) = 15.5 then divide in half = 7.75.)
2. Predrill hole in center of cake pan:
3. Predrill hole in center of dowel:
4. Glue and screw dowel in place with 2″ wood screw from underside of cake pan:
5. Prepare lazy susan base by attaching ‘table side’ to 1/2″ plywood or similar:
6. Secure other side of lazy susan hardware to base of cake pan using E6000 then weigh down pan while drying:
7. Place divider in position and note excess sticking above edge of pan:
8. Mark divider and make an angled cut on each divider:
9. Stain all wood pieces Minwax Provincial.
** Before wood dividers are secure be sure to do a dry run lay out and mark the 6 positions for equal spacing. **
10. Predrill hole for finish nail through dowel:
Glue and nail in place.
11. Apply clear chalking to enhance hold and for a nice finish:
I placed the hammer like so to keep the divider in position while chalk was drying:
12. Predrill hole into dowel big enough to accommodate eye hook.
Glue door hole filler circle piece on underside then screw eye hook into place: