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How to Build a 3-Tier, Lazy Susan Cutting Board (page 1 of 2)

A tri-level pedestal is a festive way to serve appetizers and desserts. The cherry-wood pedestal could also work as a cutting board, and the addition of lazy Susan hardware lets each level spin individualy.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

This project uses cherry wood which may not be available in your area. If you have trouble finding it, there are woodworking retailers who sell hardwoods online, such as Rockler.com and Woodcraft.com.

We also use three lazy Susan bearings, which can be found at some home centers as well as online woodworking retailers.

Project Cut List

large blanks – five pieces at 3/4" x 3" x 15"
medium blanks – four pieces at 3/4" x 3" x 12"
small blanks – three pieces at 3/4" x 3" x 9"
pillars – eight pieces at 1 x1 x 5-3/4"

Assemble the Blanks

Cut the large, medium and small blanks to length per the project cut list. These will become the three platforms of the pedestal.

Look at the end grain of each of the boards. You'll notice the grain pattern may have a curve, either up (looks like a smile) or down (looks like a frown). Position these so that the end grain patterns alternate between the smile (up curve) and the frown (down curve). Don't position two frowns or two smiles adjacent. This helps limit any buckling or curvature when gluing up the top.

Cut each of the 2x2 oak squares in half. Apply painter's tape to one face of each of the oak squares. You will use these as cauls when clamping the blanks.

Position bar clamps open on a level work surface and position the blanks on the clamps in the pattern you determined and with an inch or so between the parts. Apply glue to the joining edges, butt the parts together with the ends flush and clamp lightly in place.

Position the cauls' taped side against the blanks and butted against the bar clamps, and clamp lightly in place. Continue to tighten the clamps on the blanks and cauls making adjustments as needed. Allow the glue to set. Remove the clamps, scrape and/or sand off the glue from the joints. Repeat for each set of blanks.

Cut the Platforms

Find the center of each of the platforms (formed from the blank glue-ups) using the guide (image 1). You will use this center point as a guide for cutting the platforms to shape.

Use a router fitted with a 1/4-inch straight bit and a circle cutting jig to cut each of the platforms to shape (image 2). Find tips for cutting circles with a router and instructions for making your own circle-cutting jig.

Cherry wood has a tendency to burn when cut, especially when removing large amounts of the wood at a time, take special care when routing the parts. Rather than sanding (and potentially ruining your perfect circle) you can make incrementally smaller passes with the router to remove burn marks.

Lightly sand the corners of each platform.

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