Project 002 – Create a Rotating Desk Caddy (Part 1)

Hello Cyber Friends!

I hope you all have had a great week.  The Visual Experiment for this week is a lovely Desk Caddy pinned in many, many places.  The Desk Caddy (made and sold by LivingSewBeautiful on Etsy ) is pretty nifty, but the price tag is a huge show stopper for this girl at $120+.  I remember a time when I saw it out there for around $45, and then it did a huge price jump to its current price.  Now that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth that price (totally up to you), for me it is a bit steep for my budget.

The Jar Caddy posted on pinterest.

The Jar Caddy posted on pinterest.

I have looked all over Pinterest for a tutorial or instructable, and google.  No such luck.  If any of you find one, please comment on this weeks post with the link.  This posts adventure is to create my own Desk Caddy, which I will not be using for my desk (grin)….art supplies, tools, or even make-up. Not the boring pen’s and pencils which come to mind with “desk”.

With pictures along the way to show you how to tackle this on your own, or even stimulate all of you highly talented creative types to make a better one.  I am hoping my photo’s will get better as I get further down this adventure.  Thanks for your patience.

Now Let’s do this!  Looking at the image on Pinterest, and measuring the jars I will be using, here is my list of materials.  For materials, I was unable to go to just one place.  I had to go to Home Depot, Michael’s, Ace Hardware, and Amazon (on-line).

 Home Depot

1 ea – 4” x 4” x 8” Main Center Piece

1 ea  – 4 ½” x 4 ½” Base

1 ea – Wooden Pull Knob

5 ea – Metal Clamps 3 to 5”

1 pkg (12ea) – Sheet Metal Screws #6 x ¾”

1 pkg (9 ea) – ½” Vinyl Surface Guard Bumpers

Steel Bar Clamp  (Add to Tool Arsenal)

Sand Paper (Medium and Fine)

      COST:  $ 46.88 (with sales tax) – All items

$ 29.91 (with sales tax) – without the Steel Bar Clamp and Sand Paper
**Note:  For the 4”x4” wood, it is not sold in scraps or single cuts.  I had to purchase an 8 foot length and ask the kind people at Home Depot to cut it into 8 inch sections.   If this works out, I will be making these for presents and gifts throughout the year to use up all the sections cut (11 pieces out of an 8 foot length)  They also carry 6”x6” but were out. I dealt with 5 different Home Depot employees, and each one was helpful as could be.  If you are not sure, ask because they can help!


1 ea – 4” x 4”  Top

Elmer’s Wood Glue (Use for Other Projects Too)

COST:  $ 3.28

Ace Hardware (Couldn’t use but included for reference)

1 ea – 4” Lazy Susan Bearing  (Was too big for 4×4 – would work for a 6×6)

8 ea – Screws #6 x ¾”

COST:  $ 6.05 (with sales tax)


1 ea – 3” Lazy Susan Bearing  ($1.70 each)

COST:  $ 5.70 (with sales tax and shipping)

Items On Hand:

2 ea – 4 oz. Ball Canning Jars

3 ea – 8 oz. Ball Canning Jars

I also have a can of spray sealer and varnish to create a clear protective coat on the caddy.  I am debating on a white paint first.  This is a personal preference and whatever you choose will add to the cost.

TOTAL COST (Not including tools or items on hand):  $38.89 

I could not find a local store that carried the Lazy Susan Bearing in 3 inches, so I had to order it online from amazon.  After some deliberation, I am going to paint it white, so will tackle this step first and hope that the Lazy Susan Bearing gets in soon.  I did consider getting some ball bearings or a ball bearing ring, but ran into a snag because I could not find an auto parts store or hobby shop that had them in stock either.  On to the next idea – paint and put things together up to the Lazy Susan Bearing, which will make this a Part 1 and Part 2 type posting.

Wood - Main, Top, Bottom; Screws, Surface Guards, Clamps

Wood – Main, Top, Bottom; Screws, Knob, Surface Guards, Clamps

The Lazy Susan Bearing, screws (it doesn't come with them), sand paper, wood glue, and the bar clamp

The Lazy Susan Bearing, screws (it doesn’t come with them), sand paper, wood glue, and the bar clamp

Next we have the items I do have at home.  Jars and paint, sealer, and drop cloth.

The paint I chose to use was a Krylon Short Cuts Paint.  Quick drying, no drip – it was good stuff!
Unfortunately, I only had a small can which ran out quickly.  I ended up running to Lowe’s for another can of spray paint ($1.51 on sale).

Krylon Short Cuts

Krylon Short Cuts

Face Mask to protect from fumes and particles

Face Mask to protect from fumes and particles

When you are painting don’t forget to use a face mask and a drop cloth.  Mine is a piece of clear plastic ($1.97)  from Home Depot.  Large trash bags cut open, newspaper, or an old sheet are all items that will work for a drop cloth.  All you want is something to cover the area you will be painting in so paint doesn’t get all over.

Staging Pieces No Paint

Here’s my area (my garage) with my drop cloth and the pieces I’m painting, to include a scrap piece of wood I am using to prop things up for more coverage.  Now painting is not the quickest or easiest task, even though it may seem so.  It is also a bit messy.  Make sure you have what you need on hand to clean your hands, or anything else that may get paint on it.  For me, it was my hands and my camera.  I did not realize that I had paint on my hands (my fingertips) and tried to take a few pictures.  Thankfully I could wipe it off the frame of the camera…be careful if you attempt this.

The quick crafts paint was dry in a matter of minutes, but the other paint was still a bit tacky five hours later.  I like to finish things quickly so will be looking for quick cuts paint for any future project, unless it specifies otherwise.

First Go Round Paint

Next, I wanted to put the knob on the top and connect the top to the main body.  The screw that came with the knob was about a 1/4″ too long, so I pulled an appropriate size screw from my hardware stash hiding in the bottom of my tool bag.  I screwed the knob to the top, centering it.  I did not pre-drill the hole.  Depending on what you use, you may want to do that.

Then, to connect the top to the main body I chose to use wood glue.  The Home Depot individual recommended wood glue specifically and to use the steel bar clamp to hold it all together as it dried.  The clamp did not sit right on the piece so was useless.  I will be returning it.  I put lines of glue across the top portion of the main body and then centered the top on to it and pressed it together.  The glue was still movable so I positioned it appropriately and sat it on my dining room table on some newspaper.  Periodically putting pressure on the top to the main body.  I will let it dry overnight.  Once it’s all dry, I will throw another coat of paint on it tomorrow.  There are some black marks from the steel clamp attempts and marks from the newspaper print.

Desk Caddy Pre-Bottom

Well that’s all for Part 1.  What I have learned so far:
– Quick Dry Paint is my friend (Always Use!)
– Small (3″) Lazy Susan Hardware is hard to find
– Keep it Simple!

See ya later for Part 2 of Creating a Rotating Desk Caddy!  Let’s hope the hardware gets in soon        (Come on Amazon Shipping!).


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10 Responses to Project 002 – Create a Rotating Desk Caddy (Part 1)

  1. ice maker says:

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  3. jessi says:

    Love it!! what type of wood did you use for the base and the top? are they sold in that size?

  4. dennyse G says:

    I have to post a picture when im done…thanks for creating the tutorial ….I am making 4 of them and gifting them for Christmas. I too was in AWE when I saw the etsy post asking over $100 for one …im sure mine will cost less than $30 since I have plenty of the supplies that I need.

  5. Amber W says:

    Were you able to find untreated wood? My Home Depot only has treated wood and I’m not sure how that will affect my product. Any advice?

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