I live in Kentucky. It’s a beautiful place.
But, other than the blue grass, degrading stereotypes, and college basketball, Kentucky is also known for the Derby. THE Kentucky Derby. The most expensive, purest bred, fastest, and most beautiful horses gather in none other than Kentucky to race for the crown…or trophy…or roses…or whatever they win….you know, besides the money. And everyone gets dressed up, gambles, and watches for 2 minutes. TWO MINUTES. All that commotion for a two minute race.
And there’s even a Derby pie!!! (If you don’t know, it’s basically like mixing a pecan and a chocolate pie. In other words…it’s what heaven must taste like.) PS I made one for the sole purpose of staging these pictures, so you’ll see it below 😉
So, just in time for the Kentucky Derby, I’ve got a project that’s perfect for serving your Derby pie on.
It’s a personalized DIY lazy Susan!
As a side note: I think there’s a fine line between “lazy” and “efficient.” I feel like lazy Susans get a back reputation.
Is it really LAZY to spin the plate to reach the salt?? Or is it simply more efficient…and also less obtrusive to aunt Sue across the table who is enjoying her meal and doesn’t want it interrupted for you to ask her to pass the salt? See? “Lazy” is really just more efficient and more considerate of others. They should be called efficient Susans or polite Susans.
But hey, you can call it whatever you want. I won’t judge 🙂
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Here’s what you need to make your own DIY Lazy Susan:
Decorative nail heads (optional)
Oil rubbed bronze spray paint (optional)
Adhesive back stencil (optional)
1 ¼” wood screws
Table saw (if adding the edge piece)
Router (if cutting your own round)
Staple gun (if adding the edge piece)
Step 1: Make your round
Projects like this are a little hard to explain. You can do this a million ways. They have premade wood rounds (usually used for stool tops) at the local big box store. BUT, the edges are usually rounded, so you couldn’t add the decorative band to it. So that’s one way to do it…no band, but minimal tools required.
Or you can make your own round—which is what I did. I took some knotty looking 2x scraps in the shop and cut them down on my table saw and glued them together so that as many knots as possible showed.
I made a few several different ways just for fun…I made one using rough sawn poplar, and another from some leftover scrap table top 2x10s glued together.
Then, just like on my clock coffee table, I used a router to cut out the circles. You could use a jig saw, or band saw (maybe??), but I always use a router for rounds.
Once I had all my rounds cut, I sanded them.
Step 2: Stain/Paint the round
I was making this for my sister and she wanted the Kentucky design on it. I am not quite as proud of my Kentucky roots as she is, so I did without it…
But for hers, we took some adhesive stencil and stuck it on the wood then stained around it. It works best when the stencil sticks to the wood or else the stain will “seep” under the stencil and you won’t have sharp lines.
You could probably use vinyl for this, but we used some rubber backed adhesive. My dad makes tombstones (I know…pretty interesting), so he cut us a Kentucky stencil from the adhesive he uses when he sandblasts because neither of us have a vinyl cutter.
We stuck it on the center of the round and stained around it, then peeled it back off. Perfect.
Step 3: Add the faux metal edge
I ripped a 1/8” wide strip off some scrap 2x that I had around the shop that was long enough to wrap around the edge of the round. I sanded it smooth and spray painted it with oil rubbed bronze paint.
Once the paint was dry, I added some glue to the back and used a staple gun to staple it around the edge of the round. I tried to space the staples evenly around the edge.
Then, I used a hammer and some decorative nail heads to cover the staples. Hobby Lobby has tons of nail head options in the upholstery department.
Step 4: Add the Lazy Susan hardware
I flipped the round over and centered the hardware. Using 1 ¼” screws, I attached the hardware to the round.
Step 5: Finish the Lazy Susan
I added a couple coats of Minwax Polycrylic to the rounds to seal everything before I started putting food on it.
Step 6: Make a pie to stage it with
Of course, this step is optional…but it’s pie. Who wants to skip pie??
I was going to have my sister come over and wear a fancy apron and a derby hat and pretend to be taking the pie out of the oven for some of these pictures…you know, to REALLY get into the derby spirit. But, she couldn’t find a hat to borrow and I didn’t have time to make one and it was really more hassle than it was worth. It’s the thought that counts, right??
These things turned out so well, that I don’t think they needed a fancy derby hat to make them look awesome anyway.
That wood grain is gorgeous. After I ripped the strips on the table saw, I didn’t sand much and when I did, the belt sander kind of got away from me and sanded a little against the grain every now and then. I think these two things combined really made it look even better. Plus, who doesn’t want to cut down on their sanding, amiright?? 😉
So what do you think?? Would you put your state on your lazy Susan or would you personalize it some other way?? Let me know in the comments below!
And if you loved this project, don’t forget to pin for later!! I’ve made it easy for you…just click the pin it button in the top left of the picture below 😉
Until next time, happy DIYing!! 🙂