How to Build a Large Lazy Susan

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How to Build a Large Lazy Susan
A jigsaw is great for cutting circles (electric saw image by Albert Lozano from

Lazy Susans are simple, spinning round trays and a great help on the dining table during large family gatherings. Instead of reaching for side dishes, give the Lazy Susan a push to place the item within reach. Building a large lazy Susan is a relatively straightforward task that can be done in a few hours with tools you have already or rent, such as a drill, belt sander and jigsaw. A wooden lazy Susan looks beautiful on a dining room table.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Jigsaw
  • Lengths of hardwood
  • Center-finding tool
  • Drill
  • Assorted driver bits
  • Pan head screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Two lazy susan bearings
  • Belt sander

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  1. 1

    Purchase 2.3 board feet of lumber to allow 1.8 board feet for the top of the lazy Susan and 0.5 board feet for the base. A board foot in lumber equals 144 cubic inches and a cubic inch is 18 inches. Therefore the dimension for the top will 16 inches by 16 inches by 1 inch and the base will be 8 inches by 8 inches by 1 inch.

  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of hardwood into circles to length, using a jigsaw or table saw. A good size for a large lazy Susan is 16 inches in diameter.

  3. 3

    Use a belt sander to smooth the round edge on the top and base of the lazy Susan.

  4. 4

    Use a centre-finding tool or centre-point tape measure to locate the exact centre of the base piece. Draw lines from the edge with a pencil. The lines will intersect at the true centre.

  5. 5

    Place the bearing on the base with the centre of the bearing directly in the true centre of the circle.

    Attach the bearing to the first circle with pan head screws

  6. 6

    Rotate the unscrewed side of the bearing a few degrees and pass a screwdriver through one of the holes to make a starter mark on the wood. Drill a half-inch hole through the base of the lazy Susan.

  7. 7

    Turn the base bottom-side-up on top of the larger, or top, circle and rotate until the just-drilled hole is lined up with one of the mounting holes on the bearing.

  8. 8

    Insert a pan head screw through the mounting hole and attach the bearing to the bottom of the top of the lazy Susan. Repeat this process for all of the holes on the bearing.

  9. 9

    Apply four felt or plastic feet to help keep the lazy Susan stable on the surface.

Tips and warnings

  • The base's centre measurement must be exact or the lazy Susan will wobble when rotated.
  • Wear goggles for eye protection when drilling or sawing.

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