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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Lazy susan

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I'm planning on making a lazy Susan (about 30" diameter) and would like to use hard wood instead of plywood. Any thoughts on how to minimize warping?

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Jeff

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BTW, for the moment, I'm completely open to the type of wood. I'm trying to match a teak dining table, but I can probably use stains to get close to the look. My biggest reason for using hardwood, instead of ply, is to avoid using edge banding of any kind. I think the lazy susan will look better with nice hardwood edges.

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If I was making it, I would rip the hardwood into strips and alternate grain direction like I do for door panels. Then I would cut it into an octagon or decagon and miter strips around it so there is no exposed end grain. Then use a router circle template to create the 30" diameter. Maple, walnut, cherry, or any combination of these or other sexy woods.
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The above post is the way to go. I used oak for mine when I was very new 36" across and no warp.
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If I was making it, I would rip the hardwood into strips and alternate grain direction like I do for door panels. Then I would cut it into an octagon or decagon and miter strips around it so there is no exposed end grain. Then use a router circle template to create the 30" diameter. Maple, walnut, cherry, or any combination of these or other sexy woods.
That makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

One question though is why I need the mitered strips around the octagon? A lot of that will get cut off when I create the circle, no? And then won't I have an octagon surrounded by a circle of the edge wood? I can see how that might look okay, but I'm having a hard time visualizing it.

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The only reason I would do the strips around the edge is to eliminate end grain. You would not have to do this. Just sand the end grain very good and it will take stain the same. Look at DST's. Looks very good without it.
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