You're going to learn how to make a lazy susan today. These spinning circles of efficiency are a quick & easy DIY project.
If you're on the hunt for a large, good quality Lazy Susan you're out of luck. There are no sturdy Susans, lazy or otherwise to be found anywhere.
There are a few small wood (16" or less) models around that you might use on a countertop but nothing for big cabinets.
When I first redid 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 cabinets.
They're incredibly easy & affordable to make.
Make this big DIY Lazy Susan for $8 out of wood or MDF and a bit of hardware.
This is a very informative post with step-by-step instructions. It is also all kinds of boring.
If you'd like to be entertained today, might I suggest throwing rubber snakes at your neighbours.
Onto the information!
Table of Contents
DIY Lazy Susan
1. Measure the width & depth of cabinet.
2. Paint & Prime
3. Screw in lazy susan mechanism
Materials & Tools Needed
- ½" sheet of MDF ($8.50)
- Lazy Susan hardware ($4-$9)
- 8 screws
- Measure your cabinet's width & depth. Draw a circle on the MDF. Make sure your lazy susan circle is slightly smaller than the width/depth of the cabinet. You just need a bit of wiggle room to ensure your lazy susan doesn't hit the sides of the cabinet when you spin it.
- Using a jigsaw cut the circle out.
I've tested a LOT of jigsaws. This Bosch jigsaw is the one I love and use myself.
It's steady, more stable & turns with precision.
- Prime & paint what will be the top of your lazy susan. You can leave the bottom unfinished.
- Working on the underside, find the centre of the circle and mark it.
- Place the lazy susan bearing over the centre and screw the portion that touches the bottom of the lazy susan into place.
- Align the top part of the mechanism so the large circle is over the MDF. Mark the MDF with a pencil in that spot (like you see in the photo above.)
- Drill a hole through the MDF where you marked it. The hole needs to be large enough to fit a screwdriver head through.
- Place your lazy susan wherever it is you want to put it - probably inside a cabinet.
- Rotate the lazy susan until the large hole is directly over one of the screw holes on the mechanism plate. Drop a screw in and then screw it into the cabinet shelf. Repeat until all 4 screws are screwed in and the lazy susan is secured.
Lazy Susan Hardware
There are two types of Lazy Susan bearings (hardware).
Round bearings Generally speaking the round ones are more expensive and bigger. They'll be more stable, especially if you decide you'd rather not screw the lazy susan into your cabinet. They're also a better choice for a stand alone unit for your counter or tabletop.
Square bearings You can get away with the smaller, square hardware for 95% of your Lazy Susan needs. These are what you would use when making a lazy susan for a cabinet.
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.
To any Susans who are upset that their name is associated with laziness - just be happy your name isn't Karen.
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