How to Make a Simple Lazy Susan


A lazy Susan is a tray that rotates. They are often found on dining room tables and are used to make it easier for people to reach condiments or other dishes. You can also put these spinning trays into cabinets, like the hard-to-reach corner cabinet or the spice cabinet where little can be easily found. You can purchase Lazy Susans at many stores, however, they are also fairly simple to make. This project will take less than a day to complete with supplies available at many local home improvement and craft stores.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 wooden circles, one larger than the other
  • Bearing assembly
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill and bits
  • Place the smaller circle on a work surface. Place the bearing assembly in the center of the circle and attach the bearing with the screws.

  • Turn the unattached side of the bearing approximately one-quarter of a turn. Make a mark on the wood with a pencil through the hole in the free side of the bearing assembly.

  • Drill a hole with a half-inch drill bit all the way through the wood of the small circle at the mark.

  • Place the large circle on the work surface. Center the small circle on top of the large circle with the bearing side toward the large circle. Rotate the small circle until you can see a mounting hole in the assembly through the hole you just drilled. Insert a screw and tighten. Keep turning the small circle and inserting screws until all the mounting holes have been filled. Turn the lazy Susan over, and it is ready to be used.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint or stain your lazy Susan as desired.
  • Always wear eye protection when using a drill.

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