How to Build a Rotating Table

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Rotating tables are an efficiency-increasing work surface for painting or piece work assembly in a workshop. You can make your own rotating table for your workshop as a do-it-yourself project. It is essentially a basic square table with a rotating top that is mounted to a standard tabletop. The rotating top is facilitated by a lazy Susan mechanism that is mounted between the two tabletops. Make the tabletops out of furniture-grade hardwood plywood to promote durability.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 plywood panels, 3/4-by-24-by-24-inch
  • 2 boards, 2-by-2-inch, 28 inches long
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • 4 boards, 1-by-4-inch, 24 inches long
  • Lazy Susan mechanism, with screws
  • Place one plywood panel flat on a work surface so that one side extends past the edge of the work surface by at least 2 inches.

  • Position one 2-by-2-by-28-inch board over each corner of the side that extends past the edge of the work surface. The 2-by-2-inch ends should be flush against the surface of the plywood panel. Drive two evenly spaced screws through the bottom of the plywood panel into the 2-by-2-inch ends of the 2-by-2-by-28-inch boards, using a screw gun. These are the leg boards.

  • Rotate the plywood panel on the work surface so that the opposite 24-inch side hangs over the edge of the work surface. Install the remaining two legs in the same manner that you did in Step 2 to install the first two.

  • Align one 1-by-4-by-24-inch board across the legs, parallel to the tabletop and perpendicular to the legs. These are the leg support boards. Position each support board 14 inches up from the bottom of the table legs. Drive two evenly spaced screws through the ends of the support boards into the leg boards, using a screw gun.

  • Stand the table upright. Center the lazy Susan mechanism in the center of the tabletop. Drive the screws included with the lazy Susan mechanism through the mounting holes into the tabletop with a screw gun.

  • Separate the lazy Susan into halves. Center the unfastened half of the lazy Susan mechanism over the center of the remaining plywood panel. Fasten it in the same manner that you did in Step 5.

  • Align the plywood panel over the tabletop, with the lazy Susan mechanism on the bottom of the panel. Lock the two halves together as you lay the panel on top of the tabletop by exerting slight pressure on the panel with your hands. Rotate the rotating tabletop to test the table.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint the rotating table to make it a more durable piece of furniture in the shop.
  • Wear eye protection when woodworking.

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