Introduction: Motorized Display Turntable for $12

Picture of Motorized Display Turntable for $12

In this Instructable, I made a motorized display turntable for around €10 or $12

You will need:

  • Lazy Susan (SNUDDA) from Ikea
  • Microwave Synchronous Motor

I got mine from eBay for €2.33 or $2.57

As I live in EU, I used 220v motor. Get a 120v motor if you live in USA.

  • 4 x Drawer knobs
  • A piece of tube
  • Power cable with a switch
  • Glue
  • Wooden dowel
  • Cable clip

Step 1:

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Take apart your Lazy Susan.

Take off the bearing to remove the screw.

Put back the bearing without the screw.

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Drill a hole in the centre.

It should be big enough to fit a wooden dowel.

Glue the dowel inside the hole.

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When glue has dried, slide a piece of tube onto the dowel.

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Remove the anti-slip thing from the bottom.

Drill 4 holes for the feet and make a centre hole bigger.

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Attach the feet.

Drawer knobs are perfect for the job.

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After making sure that everything fits and the tube does not touch the bottom circle, I cut the tube shorter.

I glued the tube to the dowel and the bottom circle to the bearing.

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I applied some glue to the shaft and slid it in the tube.

The motor was secure to the bottom with 4 screws.

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I "crimped" the terminals to the cable and used some heat-shrink tubing to isolate the connection.

I secured the cable with a cable clip and some hot glue.

That's it!

Turntable could easily handle 8kg/17lb watermelon, but probably it is too much weight if you want your turntable to last.

I would not exceed 5kg/11lb

Thank You for checking out this Instructable!

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dan3008 (author)2017-09-27

Nice, I was looking for something like this for my 3d scanner project :) thanks a lot

BTW, i like the black hot glue, thats cool lol

Ch.S (author)dan30082018-01-19

Oui moi également, vous avez la une excellente idée.

bjb111 (author)2017-11-09

Where did you get the power cable with the switch.

yesyouyumeyetea (author)2016-03-12

Awesome, just what I was looking for.

cavik (author)2015-09-21

Simple, elegant and functional. This instructable is a keeper. Thanks!!

PeterE5 (author)2015-07-28


CraigD4 (author)2015-07-20

I do art & object conservation for museums and this is a great cheap way to photograph my treatments. Thanks

kooth (author)2015-07-17

Awesome! Gonna make this!

ShakeTheFuture (author)kooth2015-07-19


wannabemadsci (author)2015-07-15

Great instructable! I liked having the video, it helped understand the tubing part better. Super project.

Thank You wannabemadsci!

Bill Rose (author)2015-07-16

Great idea, love this instruc-a-bubble I have always wanted one of these and now I can make one. Hurrah! Thanks for this.. You clever clogs...

ShakeTheFuture (author)Bill Rose2015-07-16


Let me know if you make one.


Łukasz (author)2015-07-15

I made one once put of a music turntable back at school for art class

EDD7 (author)2015-07-14

Great work, idea, and video. Thanks!

ShakeTheFuture (author)EDD72015-07-14

Thank You!

24Eng (author)2015-07-14

Clever use of tubing for a motor coupler.

ShakeTheFuture (author)24Eng2015-07-14


I have seen other people using a tube for the motor, so it was not my idea :)


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