How to Make a Lazy Susan Using a Bicycle Wheel.




About: I like to make stuff for my home and garden from wood and metal..

I had an old seized up broken kids bicycle in my back yard that kept been moved and kicked around so I decided to try and make something out of it. Well part of it. I may at some stage go back and try and make something out of the rest of the bike but for now I will just use the front wheel for the lazy Susan.

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Step 1: Have a Look at the Video Below.

Have a look at the video above to see how it’s made or follow the guide also below.

Step 2: Removing the Tyre.

I started off by taking the front wheel off (approx 16 inches (406 mm) in diameter) the bicycle using two spanners and then removing the tyre and tube.

Step 3: The Base.

I had a scrap piece of metal in my shed to use as a base. Using an angle grinder I cut this into a circle to clean up the jagged edges. The diameter of this was 6 3/4 inches (171 mm)

Step 4: Attaching the Base.

I then tack welded the axle of the wheel to the base. I cut some pieces of wood to prop it and keep it in place until welded. Spin the wheel to see if it’s balanced. It will look like its wobbling if not. If it is tap it one way and spin again. Repeat if necessary. When you’re happy fully weld it.

Step 5: The Sides.

I ripped some ½ plywood into 3 inch (75 mm) strips. I then set the depth on my miter saw to cut about 3/4 of the way through the plywood. I put multiple cuts (about every ¾ inch) along the plywood strips.

Step 6: Attaching the Sides.

After drilling holes in the rim I set about screwing the strips to it. The cuts in the plywood allow it to curve around the rim without breaking. Where there was a join I used a half lap joint and plenty of glue to hold it together.

Step 7: Extra Support.

To add some strength and for somewhere to attach the top I fitted in some 1 x 2 wood. I also used half lap joints to join them together.

Step 8: The Top.

I wanted the top to look about an inch thick but I only had limited amount of ½ inch so I took the long and tedious route of cutting, gluing and pinning lots of pieces to make it look thick. It would be easier to watch the video than me trying to explain it. The diameter of the top is 19 & 1/2 inches (495 mm)

Step 9: Cutting the Top.

When the glue had dried and the pins removed I made quick jig for my router to cut the outside and inside diameter of the top. The cuts were done with multiple passed so it wouldn’t put too much pressure on the cutter.

Step 10: Rounding Over Edges.

Again using the router this time with a round over bit I rounder the edges of the top.

Step 11: Finishing.

At this stage after filling any holes and sanding them, I painted on a primer/ under coat before applying two top coats of white paint.

Step 12: Attaching the Top.

When all was dry I attached the top with screws from the underside. Before using I fitted some felt to the bottom of the base to protect the table from scratching.

Step 13: The Finished Item!

And there you go that the Lazy Susan using a bicycle wheel. You will have to excuse the food on display that’s all I could find in the fridge at the time I was videoing.

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    1 year ago

    Great idea! I love the video you produced too :) I am thinking I might simplify mine (I dont have a lot of the woodworking tools or skills you do). I might just keep mine more industrial looking and do your spinning wheel approach with a mounted glass or polycarbonate round top and let the base stay the wheel. I think it looks really cool. :)

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much. Having the wheel visible would look great. Send a pic when you make it.

    Victor EmmanuelS

    2 years ago

    Great Idea! I have a few suggestions though, you can adjust the threaded rod in the middle to shorten it on one side and then you could also adjust the spokes to make that "side" flatter

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    Hi thanks Victor, I think I understand what you mean.It may be possible to adjust the spokes and bar on other wheels but i do not think it was possible on this wheel.

    Alex in NZeamonwalshdiy

    Reply 2 years ago

    Next step is to motorise it. There was some discussion about that in this 'ible. I _love_ the bicycle wheel being used. Next time, use Perspex for the top so that everyone can admire it.

    eamonwalshdiyAlex in NZ

    Reply 2 years ago

    That's a great idea Alex! It would be great to see the wheel. Next time..

    Maker Saga

    2 years ago

    I have a scrap tiny bicycle and I've been wanting to make a turntable for a product display stand, but I was having trouble figuring out how to make a flat mount using a scrap wheel. Now I know how to do so. Thanks!

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    I like this idea VERY MUCH! I knew I was keeping these old bicycle wheels around for some reason, and you just showed me why. Clever idea about kerfing the wood to go around the outside too. Great job!

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