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Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan
Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan
Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan
Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan
Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan
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  • Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan
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  • Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan
  • Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan

Whisky Barrel Lazy Susan

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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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Cut out the circle using a jig saw.


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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.


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Stain and seal the lazy susan.


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Add rubber pads to the bottom of the wood base.


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


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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy
Category: Crafts & Decor

Materials Used:

  • QTY: 1 – 1x4 by 10 foot long board

  • QTY: 1 – 1x3 by 6 foot long board

  • QTY: 1 – 2’ by 2’ piece of ½ inch plywood

  • QTY: 1 – Lazy Susan

  • Wood Glue

  • 1” Nails

  • Wood Stain and Sealer


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