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How to make a lazy susan
How to make a lazy susan

Gather your supplies

  • Discs (9) 700mm dia x 12mm plywood
  • Standard dividers (24) 250 x 150 x 12mm plywood
  • Tall dividers (5, optional) 250 x 500 x 12mm plywood
  • Base length A (2) 460 x 50 x 12mm plywood
  • Base length B (3) 436 x 50 x 12mm plywood

You'll also need

Plywood offcuts; 40mm x 1.6mm nails; PVA glue; turntable swivel mechanisms (3); protractor; 2-part epoxy glue; Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen Acrylic in Grand Piano and Black; long nap mini roller; foam mini roller; router (optional)

Here's how

Step 1

Cut plywood for discs into 700mm squares. Draw in diagonals to find centre. To make a homemade compass, measure 350mm from end of a 400mm strip of plywood and drive a nail into centre. Nail this into centre of square. Hold a pencil hard against end and rotate to draw in a circle.

Step 2

Cut around line with a jigsaw, staying about 1mm outside line, so you can clean up circle with a router to make 9 identical discs. If you don’t have a router, cut close to line, then sand to the line for near-perfect circles.

Step 3

To refine circles using a router, rig up a ‘cutting compass’. Bore an 18mm hole, 120mm from end of a piece of 200 x 500mm plywood. With router unplugged, unscrew bottom plate, centre plate right way up over hole in plywood, then mark in screw holes. Drill clearance holes and countersink.

Step 4

Screw plywood to base of router using original screws. Fit a straight cutter, measure 350mm from face of cutter and drill a 4mm hole. Screw to centre of disc, after clamping disc to bench. Start router and cut around disc in an anti-clockwise direction. Move clamp as needed. Repeat process for 9 discs.

Step 5

Cut standard dividers, then divide 1 disc into 6 equal pie-like wedges. To do this, draw a line across circle through centre. Align a protractor with line and centre. Mark 60° and 120° on both sides of line. Join marks for 6 equal wedges. Transfer lines to edge and other side of disc. Repeat for all but base disc.

Step 6

Partly drive 2 nails along each line 35 and 215mm from edge of circle, so nail points poke through about 5mm. Apply glue to 1 line, align centre of divider with line, press onto nail points and tap so they hold. Repeat for every second divider, then turn over carefully, check dividers are square to disc and nail home. Attach remaining 3 dividers.

Step 7

Repeat this process to make a second disc with dividers attached. Draw another set of lines through centre of upper disc assembly, halfway between dividers. Glue and nail it to top of lower assembly using lines to offset top and bottom dividers.

Step 8

Add top disc to complete 1 unit. Repeat to make a second unit. For lower boot tier, use five 500mm tall dividers, spaced 72° apart.

Step 9

To secure base, make a square frame by gluing and nailing 2 Base Lengths A to 3 Base Lengths B (see diagram, right). Glue and screw base disc to frame so it’s centred.

Step 10

Using a long nap mini roller to make reaching into compartments easy, paint all units and base with 2 coats of exterior acrylic low sheen, here in Grand Piano.

Step 11

To make units spin, use light-duty turntable swivels. They use rollers instead of ball bearings and rotate around a central swivel post. To fit, drill a 4mm hole in centre of base, then follow with a 10mm bit.

Step 12

Mix and apply a small amount of 2-part epoxy glue (such as Araldite) to bottom of swivel post, then hammer in. The epoxy gives it extra strength to resist being pulled out.

Step 13

Place turntable over post, drill an 8mm hole in assembly going on top, then secure with screw provided.

Step 14

Repeat for 2 upper layers. To move whole unit, dismantle it from top down, rather than trying to carry it on its side. Don’t let children climb on unit.

Step 15

Leave unit as is, or paint edges of compartments in contrasting black using a foam mini roller.

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