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Make your own Lazy Susan and ensure everyone can grab a bite to eat with this table centrepiece

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A Lazy Susan made from wood with food and condiments on top of it is sitting on a fully covered table.
No need to wait for the ketchup: a Lazy Susan is a must for anyone who loves to share food.
  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Costs
    < 25 €
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

Would you mind passing me the cheese for a moment? Can I have the olives for a second? These kinds of questions are all-too-familiar for anyone who likes to sit down together at the table with a large group of friends and enjoy a bite to eat. But don’t worry, we have the answer: with a Lazy Susan made from wood, everyone can simply help themselves. We’ll show you how you can make this practical centrepiece in just a few simple steps.

It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find an overview of the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool here:

What you need

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Additional items
  • Wood glue
  • G-clamps
  • Pocket rule
  • Compass
  • Adhesive tape
  • Glass tumbler
  • Dining plate
  • Pencil
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Material list
  • Wooden board made from oak (600 m x 800 mm x 18 mm) | Screws (3 mm x 12 mm) | Four small fixed castors (27 mm in height) | Round wooden dowel rod (30 mm in length)
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

1 9

Mark out the measurements and curves

  • A plate is being used to help mark out a curve on a wooden board.
    Use a regular dinner plate to mark out the rounded corners...
  • A plate is being used to help mark out a curve on a wooden board.
    …and other rounded gaps.

What you need: Pencil, Pocket rule, Dining plate , Wooden board made from oak (600 mm x 800 mm x 18 mm)

Before you start, you need to mark out a square measuring 470 mm x 470 mm on your wooden board. Position the square right at the edge of the wooden board so that you can saw all the components you need out of one board.

Then, use a regular dinner plate to mark out the curves in the corners of the square. Make the lines long enough so that they overlap. Use the plate to mark out four more rounded gaps at the sides.

2 9

Draw two circles

A wooden plank is being used to help draw a straight line on a wooden board.
A compass is being used to help draw a circle on a wooden board.
Several measurements and outline of circles can be seen on a wooden board.

What you need: Compass, Pencil, Pocket rule, Longer wooden plank

Now, draw another square on the same wooden board with a side length of 335 mm and measure out the middle as outlined above in this as well. You can use a simple wooden plank to help make sure all the lines are straight (image one).

Then, place a standard compass on the midpoint and draw out a circle with a radius of 335 mm.

If you’ve managed to avoid wasting space on your wooden board, there’ll now be one small rectangular area left over in one corner. Measure out the middle of this, too, and use the compass to draw out another circle that fits into this space.
When you’re finished, the basic shape of the Lazy Susan and two different-sized circles should be marked out on the wooden board (image three).

3 9

Saw out the shapes

A rounded shape is being sawn out of a wooden board using a jigsaw.
Make sure that you clamp the board down firmly before you start sawing and insert a fine blade designed for curved cuts into your jigsaw.

What you need: jigsaw, Jigsaw blade HCS, T 308 BO, G-clamps, Wooden board with markings

It’s now time to start sawing: It’s best to use a jigsaw with a blade designed for curved cuts and slowly saw out the marked shapes one after the other. Remember: It’s better to work with precision rather than speed.
Once you’re finished, you should have a square shape with round corners as well as two circular boards, one big and one small, in front of you.

4 9

Build the middle part

A glass tumbler is being used to help mark out a curve in a corner on a wooden board.
A wood drill bit is being used to drill a hole in a wooden board.
A square shape is being sawn out from the middle of a wooden board.

What you need: Jigsaw blade HCS, T 308 BO, jigsaw, Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit 10mm, Pencil, Glass tumbler , G-clamps, Square wooden board

You can now saw out a square from the shelf surface so that items such as bottles can be placed in the middle of the Lazy Susan to give them a bit more stability.

Do this by taking the large shape you have already sawn out with the rounded corners. Measure out 100 mm from the middle on each of the diagonal lines you have already drawn. Join up the points to create the aforementioned square.
Use a glass tumbler to mark out round corners in this square as well (image one).

You should now drill a hole in one place on the line you have drawn so that it is easier for you to saw out the shape in the middle (image two).
Then, use the hole you just drilled as an entry point and saw out the square (image three).

Note that your Lazy Susan will also work just as well without this gap.

5 9

Sanding

The edge of a rounded wooden board is being sanded with a sanding sponge.
Sanding the edges gives your Lazy Susan a high-quality finish.

You should now go over all the sawn edges with a fine sanding sponge.

6 9

Drill the blind holes

A wood drill bit is being used to drill a hole in the middle of a circular wooden board.
In order to drill a blind hole, you’ll need to measure precisely how deep you can drill and mark this position.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit 10mm, Adhesive tape, G-clamps

In the next step, you’ll need the two sawn-out circular wooden boards. Mark the centre of each and drill a hole where you’ve made the marking.
Watch out: DO NOT drill completely through the wood – only drill blind holes. You should mark the depth you need for this on the drill bit to make sure you don’t drill too far.

7 9

Attach the small circular wooden board

  • A wood drill bit is being used to drill a hole at the edge of a circular wooden board.
    First, drill the holes...
  • A circular wooden board is being attached to a larger wooden board with screws.
    …and then screw the round board to the large shape.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, wood drill bit: 4mm, drill bit, G-clamps, Screws (3.5 mm x 50 mm)

You now need to attach the smaller circular wooden board to the large shape. Do this by first drilling four holes into the wooden disc, each 15 mm away from the edge.
Now, place the smaller circular board exactly in the middle (100 mm away from the edge all the way around) of the large shape and attach it with four screws.

8 9

Attach the wheels and the dowel rod

Four small plastic wheels are being attached to a circular wooden board.
A small wooden dowel rod is being inserted into a hole in the middle of a circular wooden board.

What you need: Cordless drill/driver, drill bit, G-clamps, Screws (3 mm x 12 mm) | Four small fixed castors (27 mm in height) | Round wooden dowel rod (10 mm x 30 mm in length)

You’re nearly done! Now, attach the four wheels to the underside of the large circle with the appropriate screws (image one).
Then, insert a small wooden dowel rod in the central hole (image two).

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Assemble the components

The bottom board with wheels and the surface of the turntable that makes contact with the wheels are being inserted into one another.
If everything has been attached in the correct position, the upper wooden disc should turn smoothly.

What you need: All the components

Finally, all you need to do is to insert the two parts into one another and it’s time for you and your friends to eat!


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