book collections email follower instructable user
Picture of Live Edge Lazy Susan Spice Rack
22 (15).JPG
22 (9).JPG
22 (11).JPG
22 (12).JPG
22 (13).JPG

I've wanted a Lazy Susan Spice Rack for a long time... It's hard to keep spices organized in a cabinet! I looked around for one, but didn't find anything I really liked, so I figured "I'm a craftswoman, why don't I just MAKE ONE?" I found this excellent tutorial demonstrating how to make a Lazy Susan spice rack, and decided to follow the tutorial with a couple small changes: while the tutorial used store lumber cut into a circle, I used a "natural circle" from a 80+ year old mossy oak that fell on our property during the recent storms. I couldn't stand to let such a noble tree just lay there and rot, so I gave it new life as this spice rack. I also made the entire top of the rack available for spices, instead of making it a replica of the bottom. I enjoyed the process and result so much I have now made several of these live edge spice racks.

Here's the video tutorial I followed:

These are the general steps from the video (he uses much cooler toys-I mean TOOLS-than I used, but they're not necessary):

  1. Cut 3 Wood Circles from sheet lumber
  2. Design and drill holes for spices (also drill hole for center dowel)
  3. Sand holes using Dremel, sand wood slices, including circle edges
  4. Cut and sand dowel for center
  5. Varnish the wood
  6. Add dowel with glue and special leveling clamp
  7. Add base/Lazy Susan and rubber bumpers

These are the general steps I follow:

  1. Get 2 live edge wood slices
  2. Design and drill holes for spices
  3. Sand holes using Dremel, sand wood slices, add slightl bevel to hole edges, *don’t* sand bark off edges!
  4. Cut and sand dowel for center
  5. Varnish the wood
  6. Add dowel with glue and screws
  7. Cut base, add base/lazy susan and no slip pad.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial! If you love it, please give it a vote for the Remix Contest!

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
IMG_5393.JPG
IMG_5394.JPG
IMG_5395.JPG

The materials I use for this are:

  • 2 live edge wood slices - I cut mine using a chainsaw, but you can purchase them from Etsy. They should be about 1.5" thick with a 10" diameter.
  • Spice jar and pen
  • Drill press
  • 2" Forster bit (I got mine on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Irwin-Tools-1966938-Drilli... )
  • Dremel with sanding heads
  • Sandpaper (I use 60 grit and 120 grit)
  • Varnish and paintbrush (you can use whatever you want here, but I'd highly recommend Miniwax HELMSMAN Polyurethane for this project. It seals the wood well, leaves a gorgeous glassy finish, protects the bark, and brings out the natural color of the wood)
  • Dowel Rod (the video uses a 2.5" dowel rod, I used a 1.25" dowel rod)
  • 2 screws (the length of the screws depends on the thickness of your wood)
  • Wood Glue
  • Lazy Susan Hardware (I got mine on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Fasmov-4-Inch-Lazy-Susan-T... )
  • Wood for base (I used a small piece of 3mm Craft Ply so the base is mostly invisible, but any thin piece of wood slightly larger than the Lazy Susan hardware will work)
  • No slip shelf liner
  • Super glue (optional)
Lazy susans are really a personal favourite at my household. However, it would be even greater if we could customize according to our needs. I for one would appreciate more levels as we have so many spice bottles lying around.
Gadisha6 months ago
Looks very nice and practical :)
CasseyShepherd (author)  Gadisha6 months ago
Thank you! It is so very useful.