Archive for January, 2013

Lazy Susan Shoe Rack


I live in a space tight dorm room, where most of my storage is under my lofted bed. While browsing Pinterest, I stumbled upon a link to a lazy susan shoe rack and was inspired. My brother and I put together a blue print plan and went off to Home Depot in search of some materials.

We found pre-fabricated circles (making our job much simpler). We purchased three 23″ circles for shelves and one 17″ circle for a base. We also picked up a 6″ x 10′ board, that I later cut into 4 sections to use as dividers. And most importantly we purchased a Shepherd 6″ lazy susan turnable which I later screwed into the base and the bottom 23″ shelf.

This is an image of what the turnable looks like. It’s $4.49 at Home Depot


After finding a YouTube video on how to find the perfect center of a circle, I screwed in the lazy susan turnable into the base and bottom shelf.

I created the dividers by cutting my 10′ board, with a circular saw, into four equal sections, just short enough to have about a 2″ inset from the edges of the shelves. I then cut into the middle of each of these dividers in order to groove two of them together.
Below is a rough sketch of how I put the dividers together.


Once I had the dividers together, finishing was all a matter of screwing them into the center of the shelves.


My lazy susan shoe rack fits perfectly under my bed, but you could modify it to meet your space needs.


Barn Wood Mirror



This framed mirror is made from 2×4’s from a 100 year old barn. No fancy joinery necessary here. The boards are glued together using pipe clamps and then a plywood board is screwed on the back of the 2×4’s. The mirror is glued into the middle section. The hinges are screwed into the 2×4’s for aesthetics. The barn wood is finished with a water based polyurethane. This is easily a weekend project.

Barn Wood Bench

barnwood bench 1barnwood bench 2

barnwood bench 3

This is made from the same lumber taken from the 100 year old barn that I tore down. It’s an interesting mix of douglas fir, oak, and redwood. All is old growth and has very tight grain. Needless to say, the bench ended up substantially heavy. I used through mortises to connect the legs to the top. Then I drilled dowels through the mortise and tenons to secure them from falling out if the glue should fail. I drilled from the middle of each of the two outside boards so the dowels would not show up on the bench top. Once the dowels were drilled and glued in, I put the sleeve over both ends to hold all four boards together. I used a dado blade to cut the ends of the 2×4’s to fit into the sleeve. The sleeve was made using a mortiser. It was finished with a water based polyurethane. This ended up going to a Christmas exchange

Barn Wood Coat Rack

IMAG0192 My shitzu helper. Pulling nails from the
main post of the coat rack.
IMAG0202IMG_20121121_192303_856barnwood coat rack

This is a coat rack built with barnwood from a 100 year old barn that I tore down. It is old growth redwood with a tung oil finish. The cap was cut and hammered from a sheet of copper. The rings are original hardware from the barn and have been clear coated to protect clothing hung on the rack. The hangers are ratcheting drill presses. The back of the handles were sanded down so they would sit flat against the main post. The feet are mortised together with a peg that runs from the main post down through the base. The whole thing is connected by a lag bolt and metal plate that have been inset into the base using a mortiser. This project was a gift for my grandparents.