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Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan

  • May 1, 2015


In this tutorial you will learn how to build your own whisky barrel or wine barrel top to create a lazy suzan. The barrel lazy susan will be a great addition to the dining table and also works well as a tray for appetizers and drinks out on the patio.

Since barrels are typically expensive and hard to find, we’ll make our own barrel top for a fraction of the cost out of basic 1x4 and 1x3 boards you can pick up at any lumber yard. This is a quick and easy project that requires a few basic tools.

This is a quick and easy project that requires just a few basic tools. Making projects out of whisky and wine barrels is a fun and rewarding experience. Take action and have some fun with this one!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut the 1x4 and 1x3 boards down to size. You will need five 1x4 boards and two 1x3 boards that are 24 inches long.

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      Here is a look at the overall dimensions once the boards are cut and pieced together. The radius of the circle will be 10 1/2 inches which makes the diameter of the lazy susan 21 inches. Place a 1x4 in the center and surround it on the left and right side with a 1x3 board. The remaining outer 2 boards on each side of the lazy suzan are 1x4 boards.

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      Hold the boards in place using a wood clamp. Then find a scrap piece of wood about 15 inches long and drill a hole in one end to use as a pivot point. Measure 10 1/2 inches from the pivot point and drill a 3/8 inch hole for a pencil to fit. Us a short screw to temporarily attach the board at its pivot point. Rotate the board to draw a complete circle.

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      Number or label each board to help remember the layout or orientation of the boards for your project.

    5. Step: 5

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      Use either a pocket hole tool or biscuit joiner to attach each board. In this example a Kreg Jig is used and adjusted to 3/4 inch stock settings. Drill 3 pocket holes in all boards except the middle 1x4. Space the holes evenly. Work from the outside board into the center on each side.

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      Run a bead of glue on the side of the board prior to connecting.

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      Attach each board using 1 inch Kreg Jig screws.

    8. Step: 8

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      Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape of the barrel top.

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      Sand the wood to remove rough edges and any uneven areas.

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      A router is used to bevel the top and bottom edges of the barrel. Use a chamfer router bit for this process. I'd recommend practicing and adjusting the depth settings on a scrap board that is the same thickness prior to attempting to route the actual barrel top.

    11. Step: 11

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      Draw a second circle to use as the base for the lazy susan. A diameter of 16 inches will give the lazy susan plenty of stability. 1/2 inch thick plywood will work well for this piece.

    12. Step: 12

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      Cut out the circle using a jig saw.

    13. Step: 13

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      Center and attach the lazy susan using short screws. A lazy susan can be picked up at the Home Depot for about $5.

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      Attach the wood base for the lazy susan using clear epoxy or a strong glue. Please note in this photo the wood base is smaller than 16 inches. After trial and error I realized my base was a little tippy and ended up making a larger base that is the recommended 16 inches. Set some books or a paint can on the base to hold it in place while it dries.

    15. Step: 15

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      Stain and seal the lazy susan.

    16. Step: 16

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      Add rubber pads to the bottom of the wood base.

    17. Step: 17

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      Enjoy your new Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan. Job well done!

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