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Woodburning Turntable

Customize a serving turntable with an easy-to-use woodburning tool and colorful stains. Our downloadable pattern will help you get great results.

Wooden turntable with woodburning design

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Woodburning tool set, #357335
  • Artist’s brushes
  • 120-grit sandpaper


  • 18-in pine round, #1016
  • 15-in pine round, #114105
  • Richelieu 6-in lazy Susan hardware, #383402
  • 1-in round rubber pads, #54238
  • Minwax water-base stain: Mustard, Mandarin Orange, Green Tea
  • Polycrylic semigloss spray finish

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Project Resources


Step 1

Sand the faces and edges of the two rounds. Print out the Woodburning Turntable Pattern and assemble the pieces, or create your own design.

Step 2

Lay a piece of graphite transfer paper on the large wooden round and arrange the pattern where you want it. (We folded a few tips of the design over the edge). Tape the pattern in place and use a ballpoint pen to trace the design and transfer it to the wood.

Step 3

Woodburning tool creating design
Use different tips to make the shapes and fill them in with designs.

Use different tips on the woodburning tool to create the design in the wood. Experiment with different tips on scraps of pine before filling in designs with patterns.

Good to Know

When using a woodburning tool, work slowly and avoid pressing too hard -- let the tool do the work. When first learning to use the tool, make curved pencil lines on a scrap board and practice following them, especially where the wood grain changes direction beneath the tip.

Step 4

Use artist’s brushes to fill in different areas of the designs with wood stain in the colors of your choice. After the stain dries, spray on two coats of clear semigloss finish.

Good to Know

If the wood feels rough after the second coat of finish, especially along the end grain around the edges, lightly sand the rough edges without penetrating the finish and apply a third coat.

Step 5

To attach the turntable hardware, review the steps in Build a Serving Turntable.