Introduction: Motorized Display Turntable for $12

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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:

Take apart your Lazy Susan.

Take off the bearing to remove the screw.

Put back the bearing without the screw.

Step 2:

Drill a hole in the centre.

It should be big enough to fit a wooden dowel.

Glue the dowel inside the hole.

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

Remove the anti-slip thing from the bottom.

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

Step 5:

Attach the feet.

Drawer knobs are perfect for the job.

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

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

The motor was secure to the bottom with 4 screws.

Step 8:

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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