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I have a confession to make, I thought this project would be a breeze. For our Thrifty Chicks project this month we needed to use a map or a globe. So I thought this is terrific. I have a globe, piece of cake. Wrong, instead I ended up in an entirely different direction. I used a wooden platter to make a Lazy Susan and dressed it up with a map. What I ended up with from thinking about making a tiered tray with the globe to a Lazy Susan from a wooden tray and a cable spool.
I knew I was going to make a Lazy Susan from a piece of the cable spool at some point. Then my friend, Angie who writes the wonderful blog, Ambient Wares made a Lazy Susan. I couldn’t go wrong following her directions. My decision was made and I ditched the globe. Well, it’s on the back burner. I’ll figure out what to do with it someday. Maybe my fellow Thrifty Chicks will show me because they are one creative group.
What really made me decide how to do it is when I found this big wooden platter at Good Will. I thought it was perfect. And it turned out it is.
But let me start at the beginning. As I was playing around with the globe and the parts I was going to use. I glanced at the cable spool, it is a small one and decided at that point the flat piece would be a great bottom for a Lazy Susan. I got the Lazy Susan mechanism. But the globe was too big, it looked out of proportion.
When I found the platter it all came together. I drilled pilot holes for the Lazy Susan on one side of the cable spool part and put toothpicks in the holes so the paint wouldn’t fill the holes up. I also drilled pilot holes on the bottom of the platter. Follow the directions on the mechanism package. I painted it with the leftover paint I had mixed up from the Bright Dresser. I just love the color, don’t you?
Since this had to have a map or globe and the globe isn’t working I dug out an atlas I had. Yes, I must have everything in my garage. Someday I will really show you the mess. Of course, I decided a map of Florida would be the map on the Lazy Susan. I cut it into a circle and decoupaged it on. It bubbled when it dried it looked ok so I continued working on it. It bubbled so bad I had to sand it off and start over. The problem is I used Florida and there wasn’t another one.
I pulled out the children’s atlas but this time I made a copy of Florida and put it on the platter. I looked at it and would you believe I got water on it so it looked splotchy? It is a good thing I made a copy. I made another one and as the saying goes the 3rd time is the charm.
The painted areas were waxed and then it was time to install the Lazy Susan mechanism. I read Angie’s post and watched the video she linked to. Basically, the Lazy Susan is screwed on to the bottom of the cable piece. The tricky part is how to get the top piece on. I ended up using the paddle drill bit and drilled holes that line up with the top of the mechanism. I screwed it all together and had a Lazy Susan with a map on it. Now please check out the other terrific projects the Thrifty Chicks created and get some wonderful ideas. I know I am.
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Materials and Supplies
Cable spool or round wooden circle Wooden platter
Poppie’s Paint Powder Paint
Mod Podge Brayer Wood screws
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