Lazy Susan With Old CDs and a HDD Motor




Introduction: Lazy Susan With Old CDs and a HDD Motor

Hello! This is my first Instructable, I hope you like it.

Step 1: Materials and Tools


1 - 3 old CDs (I show 4, but 3 are enough)

2 - An old HDD motor (use a BROKEN HDD you can disassemble!)

3 - Super glue


1 - A permanent marker

2 - A Dremel

3 - A Torx screwdriver

Step 2: Check

The first step is to check if the center hole on the CD fits the "shaft" of the motor.

Step 3: Mark

If the fitting is OK, mark the drilling points. The marks should look like the 2nd image

Step 4: Dremel Time!

OK, time to drill the holes for the screws. It's better to use a drill bit smaller than the screw, so you can enlarge the hole if needed.

Step 5: Fix the CD

With the Torx Screwdriver, use the same screws that came with the motor and fix the CD

Step 6: The Base

Now it's time to make the base. I was lucky enough to find a motor with a bottom plate with the same size as the central part of the CD, so it wasn't too difficult to center it. Also, check if the thickness of the CD is enough to be leveled with the bottom plate of the motor (this is where I miscalculated 4 CDs, instead of 3)

Step 7: Dremel Time Part II

Ready for a lot of drilling? Drill lots of little holes side by side, so you can use the drill bit sideways to cut out the center of the CDs, like the 2nd picture. (And no, I don't have any fancy saw to cut the center, so I had to find a way to do it). You must do this step and the next one with all CDs left

Step 8: Dremel Time Part III

Now sand the enlarged hole until it fits the bottom plate of the motor.

Step 9: Glue

Glue the CDs to make the base. Make sure they're well glued.

Step 10: Assembling the Base

Put a good amount of glue on the base plate of the motor, then put the CDs and hold tight for 5-10 sec

Step 11: Done!

And here is the final piece! Thanks for reading, and I hope you can help me pointing my mistakes, mainly in my poor English.



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    32 Discussions

    Where would I look to find a HDD motor? My husband has a lot of 'junk' in the garage. His father was a mechanic among other things.

    5 replies

    You must look for it in broken HDDs, as I explained during the Instructable. In case you don't know, HDD means Hard Disk Drive, it's the main storage part of a computer.

    A DVD drive has a different type of motor. Maybe, I said maybe, it can work

    hard disk drive--that is what I didn't know. We have an old broken computer in the basement. That is where I should start looking???

    Yes, but BE SURE IT'S NOT WORKING! You can lose some important files once they WILL NOT BE RECOVERED if you disassemble it

    What is the goal to do so ? What should the finished product do - what should it be ? Sorry, Perhaps I am a little bit Stupid but I don´t understand the reason why you wrote zhis instruction ( Is it Decoration ??)

    5 replies

    Besides reusing some dust-collecting stuff? I wanted to make a smaller version of a Lazy Susan for some future project

    AAH now I´ve understood. The vocable or name "Lazy Susan" is unknown here in Germany. I have build a similar item with an old Disc reader motor, so it rotates with electricity (with batteries).

    Now I´m trying to build a grinding machine with the motor of a broken powermixer ...

    thanx for your reply

    Never mind. In Portuguese we say, in a free translation, "rotating tray" (bandeja giratória). The term "Lazy Susan" is unknown here too

    The term is so common in the U.S. that most of us would be surprised that everyone doesn't know it. This is one of the things I like about this forum. It helps us to understand our neighbors who live half a world away.

    And I only knew it after I entered here, can you believe it? Lol!

    By the way, your English is not that bad. I had no trouble understanding your instructions--just where I might find the HDD thing. Keep up the good work and your English will get better just by accident.

    1 reply

    This is a really good idea! I've saved the motors of a few of the HDD's that I've taken apart, because I thought that I would be able ot use them as bearings in the future. This is way better!

    This is a great way to make a rotating platform for displaying 3d objects or photographing them. It is also a great possibility for 3d scanning.

    3 replies

    Most likely yes, but sometimes people use shiny surfaces like mirrors underneath objects so you can light them better or so you can see more of them. I guess you could always spray the cd with a coat of paint before you attached it!


    1 year ago

    what exactly means "Lazy Susan" in plain english because i dont get it

    (please to member as recommendations dont use pretty idiomatic language because the presentantions are seeing also from foreigners)