Lazy Susan

Introduction: Lazy Susan

About: Aspiring product/package designer trying to improve her band. She loves to play the drums but wishes she had better recording equipment... oh, and more cowbell.

Today I am going to show you how to make a lazy susan.

Step 1: Materials and Tools


Your choice of wood

Lazy Susan hardware


Varnish (optional but recommended)

Stain (optional)

Biscuits (I recommend 20 or bigger) and wood glue (if you are using the biscuit jointer)


Table Saw (if needed)

Bandsaw (or another suitable power saw) ie:

Biscuit Jointer (if needed)

Planer (if needed)

Sandpaper (assorted grits)

Any other materials you may need or that I may have forgotten

Step 2: Choose Your Wood

Now is the time to choose your wood, so head off to your favorite Rona Lansing, Lowe's, Home Hardware, etc.. or even go chop it fresh off the trees in your backyard.. I really don't care.

I chose pine and stained it American Walnut because pine is easy to work with.

Though you can choose Oak, Pine, Maple, Mahogany, Walnut, etc...

Step 3: Choose Your Hardware

Now it's time to choose your lazy susan hardware. You can do this later, but I like to get it out of the way.

You should choose one that is about 1-2 inches away from the edges.

You can buy this at Lee Valley and assorted other stores like that. (I got mine there)

Step 4: Prepare Your Wood

Ok, so now we are going to prepare the wood.

If you need to plane it, plane it. If you need to cut it to an appropriately sized square, cut it!

Now we need to mark the circle or square or octagon or whatever so we can cut it out. 
An easy way to mark a circle is to use a compass... but where will we find an oversized compass you ask? I'm going to show you how to make one.

Step 5: Make Your Compass

Side Instructable

Today i'm going to teach you how to make a oversized compass for when you need one to make big circles, or for when the one you bought for your kid at the dollar store just doesn't cut it.

Step 1

Get a piece of scrap wood that's not too thick and not too much, but longer than the radius of the circle you need (about 1x1xb or whatever) (b=whatever length you need).

Step 2

Find a nail about 1/2-1 inch longer than the width of your wood. Hammer it into your wood all the way at the end so that it comes through the other side. 

Step 3

Get a pencil and tape it onto the opposite end of the wood from the nail so that it is parallel to the nail. Make sure that the tip of the pencil comes to a bit above the length of the tip of the nail.

Step 4

Stick the nail into the approx. middle of your piece of wood (predetermined by marking an X across your wood) and spin it around 360o making sure that the pencil doesn't move while you do it.

Step 5

You're finished! Now you are ready to go on with your project.

Step 6: Cut It

So now you've marked your circle and we are ready to cut it. 

You can use a bandsaw or a jigsaw or whatever you want to cut it out with. I think you can do this on your own.

Step 7: Sand

Sand, sand, and sand it again until it's smooth. Work your way up from 120 grit up to things like 400 or 800 or whatever!

Step 8: Stain and Varnish

So now is the time to stain and varnish, and varnish, and varnish, and varnish, guessed it... varnish!

Staining is pretty simple, put it on and wipe it off right away or later if you want it darker.

Varnishing is different, you put it on, let it dry, sand it with 400 or more grit sandpaper, and repeat. 
I've also seen this varnish thing where you pour a layer about a cm thick and you wait for it to dry and its perfect. Here is the link ---->

Step 9: Installing Hardware

Choose screws that will sit flush in your hardware's holes. Choose a size that fits properly in the holes and make sure they stick 1/2 way through the wood.

Mark where you should drill, and then drill your holes with the appropriate drill bit 1/2 way through the wood. 

Screw on the hardware and make sure it works properly.

Step 10: Finished!!

Now you are finished your lazy susan and you can use it for what you please.

You can make variations such as with glass or with metal or whatever you want!!

Please try to post pics of your finished product and please remember to vote (hopefully for me) in the Woodworking Contest!

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