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QUESTION: I have a lazy susan type storage unit in cabinet meant to store cans. It has become unbalanced and won't slide back and forth in a full simi-circle anymore. What can I do to get back on track? do I need to replace parts?

ANSWER: Hi Mary, those lazy susan units are usually a separate unit, check to see if its aligned correctly. they can wear out. You can try lubricating it, which is the most cost effective way of trying to solve it..use a spray lithium grease or similar heavy bodied lubricant, resist the urge to use something like WD-40, which is to thin to do..and will dissipate back if necessary.
Regards, Greg

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QUESTION: I just found out that it is of its track. Any suggestions on how to get it on track . do I need a professional, parts? Should I use the libricant also?

ANSWER: Hi Mary, without seeing it, I cannot really help very much...if it is a Lazy Susan type device, is it a single tire?.. or multiple tiers?...these usually have races of ball bearings, and the bearings are trapped in the races, so they can't go "off track", please elaborate or better yet, send me a picture or two. Typically parts are not available, and the whole unit will need to be replaced if it has in fact failed....and that may be quite a job. Please post back.
Regards, Greg

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QUESTION: Off track meaning in this case that one end of the pole is not in the opening that it should be in. It has two shelves. Can this be put back in manually?

Hi Mary, as I said...since I cannot see it, I have no idea. Are these custom cabinets or made by a large manufacturer?..that would be a place to start, is with them. Unless something is worn out or broken, then it should be able to be put back in, but that begs the question, why and/or how did it come out? Wish I could be more help, can you post pictures? Or find someone to help you post pictures?

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

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Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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