Lazy Susan accessories are a common way to make space available that would otherwise be difficult and not user-friendly. If you have ever had to retrieve something from the back corner of a corner cabinet, then installing a Lazy Susan cabinet looks better after each incident. The extra storage space gained by installing a Lazy Susan is worth the effort it takes to build one.
Things You'll Need
- 2 Plywood end pieces, measuring 34½-by-23 ¼-by-¾ inches
- Framing square
- Skill saw
- Wood glue
- 2 Plywood cleats measuring 4-by-18¼-by-¾ inches
- 1d Box nails
- 2 Plywood shelves measuring 34½-by-34½-by-¾ inches
- 1 Plywood cleat measuring 4-by-34½-by-¾ inches
- 1 Plywood cleat measuring 4-by-35¼-by-¾ inches
- 1 Plywood back measuring 34½-by-34½-by-¾ inches
- 1 Plywood toe-kick measuring 4-by-12-by-¾ inches
- 1 Plywood toe-kick measuring 4-by-12¾-by-¾ inches
- Variable speed drill
- Philips head screw tip
- 1½ inch Drywall screws
- 2 Solid lumber pieces measuring 1-by-2-by-31¼ inches
- 2 Solid lumber pieces measuring 1-by-2-by-10 inches
- 2 Solid lumber pieces measuring 1-by-2-by-9¼ inches
- 4d Finish nails
- Wood putty
- 100 grit Sandpaper
Building the Box
Place the ends of the worktable. Measure from one end and make a mark at four inches. Then measure from the perpendicular edge and mark it at four inches. Place the framing square on the marks and draw lines that intersect. Cut this out with the skill saw. Apply glue on the bottom edges of the ends and secure the 18¼-inch cleats to them with the box nails. Be certain the cleats are flush with the edge just created with the cuts made at four inches. Clean up excess glue with a damp cloth.
Place the plywood backs on the table, apply glue to the bottom area of these two pieces, and secure the cleats to each respectively with the box nails. Clean up excess glue with a damp cloth.
Apply glue to one 34½-inch edge of the plywood back. Stand it up and secure it to the 35¼-inch back with the drywall screws. Apply glue to the back edges of the ends, set one at each end of the backs, and secure them with the drywall screws.
Place the shelves on the worktable. Measure from one end and make a mark at 11¼ inches. Repeat this for the edge that is perpendicular to the first one. Place the framing square on the marks and draw lines that intersect. Cut this square out with the skill saw. Repeat this for the top shelf.
Apply glue to the top edge of the cleats, place one of the shelves on them, and secure the shelf through the ends and backs with the drywall screws. Next, lay the Lazy Susan cabinet on one of the backs. Apply glue to the edges of the top shelf, place at the top of the cabinet, and secure it as you did the other shelf.
Place the 12 and the 12¾-inch plywood on the worktable. Apply glue to the four-inch edge of the shorter piece. Secure it to the longer one and then secure it to the cabinet with the finish nails.
Place the two face frame ends on the work table. Secure a top and bottom rail to each end with the corrugated fasteners. One set of the rails is ¾ inches shorter than the others, so be certain to match them up before securing them.
Drill a pilot hole on the back side of the longer rails where they will meet the shorter ones. Apply glue to the ends of the shorter rails and secure them to the longer rails with the drywall screws.
Apply glue to the edges of the cabinet where the face frame goes. Secure it to cabinet with the finish nails.
Apply wood putty in the joints of the face frame. Sand the face frame after the putty dries. Install the Lazy Susan according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Tips & Warnings
- Read the instructions for the Lazy Susan before building the cabinet to be sure there isn't any installation steps to complete before assembling the cabinet. Drilling pilot holes through the face frame where it will be secured to the cabinet may be needed if the frame is made from dense material such as oak.
- Do not leave power tools unattended in the presence of children. Do not apply a finish to the cabinet without proper ventilation.
- Photo Credit All illustrations by Michael Straessle
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