How to Make a Lazy Susan (DIY)

How to make a Lazy Susan on the blog today because they’re the HANDIEST things for your cupboards. Plus they’re almost impossible to find unless you want a tiny, useless, plastic one.  Make this big DIY Lazy Susan for 8 bucks out of wood or MDF and a bit of hardware.

White Martha Stewart pantry cupboard opened to reveal shelves with lazy susans filled with canned and bottled goods.

 

Before you go any further you need to know I had every intention of making this the most entertaining post in the history of my blog.  Then I got sleepy.   And now I’d like to have a nap.  So instead, this is going to be the least wordy post in the history of my blog.

This is more of one of those informative type posts anyway so you should be fine with the lack of  all redeeming value, other than the information.

If you’d like to be entertained today, might I suggest throwing rubber snakes at your neighbours.

Onto the information!

If you’re on the hunt for a large, good quality Lazy Susan you’re out of luck.  There are no Susans, lazy or otherwise to be found anywhere.  Stores like Lowes and Home Depot carry the HUGE stacking Lazy Susans that go in base cabinets, but no one carries a regular Lazy Susan.  There are a few tiny plastic models around that you might use in your refrigerator but nothing for big cabinets.

When I first had my kitchen done I didn’t get ANY of the extras. You know, all those nice things that make your drawers and cupboards so nice? Yeah, I didn’t splurge on any of those. So the first thing I did when my kitchen was made over was make some Lazy  Susans for my cupboards. 

They’re incredibly easy to make and very, VERY affordable.


 

Lazy Susan Bearings.

O.K., there are two types of Lazy Susan bearings (hardware). Round and square.  Generally speaking the round ones are more expensive and bigger.

You can get away with the smaller, square mechanism for 95% of your Lazy Susananing needs. 

The larger round ones one however will make your Lazy Susan more stable if you choose NOT to screw it to your surface. On other words if you want a Lazy Susan that will be moveable and stand on its own for your countertop or tabletop you should use the round mechanisms.

How to Make a DIY Lazy Susan

Basically what you’re going to do is measure your cupboard to see how big a Lazy Susan you can fit into it, cut that sized circle out of a piece of MDF, prime it, paint it and attach the Lazy Susan bearing onto the bottom.  Easy, right?

Here it is in pictures …

 

2x4 foot panel of MDF laid on outdoor table with circles marked on it ready for cutting.

From a 2×4 sheet of MDF you’ll be able to get two large Lazy Susans.  These are 22″ across, so basically huge.

When you measure their size don’t forget to allow for some play inside the cupboard. In other words make the Lazy Susan a little smaller than the actual size of the cupboard interior.

 

Bosch jigsaw cutting through MDF to create circles.

Once your circles are drawn on the MDF just cut them out with a jigsaw. My jigsaw brand of choice is the Bosch and it should be yours too. I went through a LOT of jigsaws before I bought a Bosch and the difference between a crap jigsaw and a Bosch jigsaw is unbelievable. It’s steadier, more stable, less wiggly and it turns with precision.

Once your circles are cut, prime and paint what will be the top of your lazy susan. You can leave the bottom unfinished. 

All that’s left is attaching the hardware.

Lazy Susan hardware being fixed to the back of a circle of MDF.

Mark the centre of the underside of your circle and place the hardware over it.  The base of the hardware that’s flush with the MDF is screwed in right away. The wheel that turns will now be attached to your cupboard shelf. But to be able to do that you need to drill an access hole into your circle. 

 

Drilling an access hole through MDF that's large enough to fit a screwdriver through.

So you need to mark the point of the access hole with a pencil and then drill a hole through it that’s large enough for the head of your screwdriver to fit through.

 

Attaching a DIY lazy susan to a tabletop by dropping a screw into the access hole and then screwing it in through the access hole.

Lay your lazy susan onto the shelf you want to attach it to (in this case I’m pretending to attach it to my outdoor table, for demonstration purposes).

Spin it around until your screwdriver access hole is directly over a screw hole on the lazy susan plate like you can see below.

 

Three holes in MDF in a row revealing lazy susan hardware underneath.

 

 

Place a screw into the hole and screw it into place. Do this for all of the screw holes (there should be 4) securing the lazy susan to the shelf surface.

You’re done. That’s it.

Martha Stewart cupboards from Home Depot stacked like a pantry, with one door open revealing DIY lazy susans inside.

 

How to Make a Lazy Susan

How to Make a Lazy Susan

Yield: 1 lazy susan

Aside from the money savings, making your own lazy susan gives you the advantage of being able to make it the exact size you want.

Materials

  • 1/2" sheet of MDF ($8.50)
  • Lazy Susan hardware ($4-$9)
  • 8 screws
  • Paint

Tools

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill

Instructions

  1. Mark a circle on your MDF with pencil.
  2. Cut the circle out with a jigsaw.
  3. Prime and paint what will be the top portion of the Lazy Susan.
  4. Flip the circle over so you're working on the underside and find the centre. Mark it.
  5. Place your Lazy Susan hardware over the centre mark and screw it into place. You will be screwing only the part of the hardware that is in direct contact with the circle of MDF.
  6. Find the large circle on the hardware and mark it on the board underneath with a pencil. Drill a hole big enough for your screwdriver's head to fit through.
  7. Flip your Lazy Susan so it is right side up and place it where you want it to go (probably on a shelf.)
  8. Turn the Lazy Susan until your screwdriver access hole aligns with a hole on the hardware. Screw in a screw. Repeat this for all 4 screwing points on the hardware.
  9. You're done!

Notes

Circular lazy susan hardware is very similar and installed in a similar way.

1, 2x4 sheet of MDF will get you 2, 22" Lazy Susans.

Cost per Lazy Susan will be apx. $8 each.

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In case the pictures were a bit confusing (and it is confusing until you make your first one) let me know and I’ll explain whatever you need to be cleared up.

The point of the big screw hole (the access hole) is so once your Lazy Susan is in place on the shelf, you have a little hole to fit your screwdriver through so you can screw your Lazy Susan mechanism to the base of your shelf.  It seems confusing and weird but once you do it yourself with the help of these instructions you’ll see that it all makes sense.

The round Lazy Susan mechanism gets attached in a similar way.

And that’s all there is to it. I made 7 of these for my kitchen. The cost of each will be slightly less than $8 for you if you make smaller Lazy Susans.

Now speaking of lazy, it’s time for that nap.
 

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How to Make a Lazy Susan (DIY)