Do you ever take on a project and feel like you have to think long and hard about how to make it great? Yeah, that’s usually me. However, that was not the case with this particular Create & Share Challenge. When I was invited to participate, I knew right away what I’d create.
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How to DIY a Lazy Susan
Walnut Hollow is our gracious sponsor this month and not only did they provide us with a wooden piece (there were 3 to choose from – make sure you make it to the bottom to see all the participating bloggers) but we were also given a wood burning tool.
I remember getting a wood burning kit as a child and trying the traceable paper stencils on the little wooden plaques…this bit of experience didn’t make me an expert or even proficient, but I really enjoyed creating the design.
I’m no artist! I thought about using a stencil to outline a design on my piece but I couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind so I came up with something that I could free hand.
Drawing with a pencil I outlined the smaller round that eventually became the bottom of my lazy susan. Both wooden rounds are from Walnut Hollow and since both are actually for creating clocks they come pre-drilled with a hole directly in the center. Lucky for me because it was super easy to center my circle.
Using the rounded tip – which is recommended for curvy writing, simply burn over your pencil drawing. If wood burning is new to you, I would recommend practicing on the reverse side of your piece. This will give you an idea of how the tool will move over the wood and how long you need to wait until the tool is really hot and ready to go.
For some great how-to videos and inspiration see the YouTube channel from Walnut Hollow. Very helpful!
I’m really happy with the way it turned…although if you scroll through Walnut Hollow’s Instagram you’ll be super impressed and completely inspired! And since you’ll already be there we’d love for you to visit our feed too 🙂
Steps for a DIY Lazy Susan
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- large round
- small round
- lazy susan bearing
- 8 short screws – I used 1/2 inch
- drill bit – I used one like this
- electric drill – we have a combo kit like this
With all of your equipment gathered let’s get started.
Using the bearing holes as a guide, mark 4 holes with a pencil on the bottom side of the large round. Make certain it is centered. Set aside.
Center the bracket on the small round and screw down.
Using the drill bit create one hole through the small round that will line up with the marks you created on the large round. Using a hole from the top bearing part, draw a flow line – see #2 and #3 above.
Line up the large round with the small round (upside-down) and drill the screws through the hole you created, rotating as you go until all are secured – see #4 above.
Use your lazy susan on your dining table, as we are,
or as a spice carousel in the kitchen,
a rotating rack next to your sink with dish soap, hand soap and sponges,
top with mini-herb planters and spin for even sunlight…
the possibilities are endless.
Thank you to Stephanie at Casa Watkins for another great Create & Share Challenge with an incredible sponsor!
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