Introduction: How to Make Motorized Turntable From Lazy Susan
Runner Up in the
Make It Move Contest 2017
This time I’ll show you how I made a motorized turntable also known as Lazy Susan.
How I did it - you can check by looking DIY video or you can follow up instructions bellow. For this project you will need:
Piece of rubber hose
Power wire with ON/OFF switch
Pair of wire connectors,
4 small wood knobs
A wood dowel
Drill and bits
Hot glue gun
Step 1: Materials
I bought this Lazy Susan from Ikea for few euros. It have main turntable components - a plate and bearing.
For this build we also need a power wire with ON/OFF switch, pair of wire connectors, a motor, 4 small wood knobs, a wood dowel, a piece of rubber hose and few screws.
Step 2: Center Point Modifications
First I removed locking nut and took off the bearing. This allow me to remove this bolt. Placed bearing back, marked center and drilled a hole.
Step 3: New Shaft
Used wood dowel as a shaft and glued in place.
Drilled bigger center hole in bottom piece to ensure enough space for spinning mechanism.
Step 4: New Feets
Pre-drilled and screwed four wood knobs. Those will be acting as turntable feets.
Step 5: Installing Motor
I used this microwave synchronous motor which bought online for few euros.
Cut short piece of rubber hose and slide it on a motor shaft. With hot glue glued bottom part and with small wood screws secured motor in place.
Used CA glue to glue wood dowel and rubber hose together.
Step 6: Wiring
At local hardware store took this power wire with ON/OFF switch. Clamped two female wire connectors and connected to the motor.
Step 7: Result
This motorized turntable will be very useful in all my future project when I want to show my finished item.
If you want to have a variable speed function - you have to use a potentiometer inline with the power cable. If the motor gets less current it will turn slower.
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