Lazy Susan: Easy to make and customized - no power tools required Susan might be lazy, but you won't have to work hard either!

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Plato and Socrates texting about the origin of the name Lazy Susan

No one agrees exactly how the Lazy Susan got its name, but everyone can agree on just how useful these rotating trays are!

The Problem  

Stretching to reach items across a table can be considered rude. When I built my Countertop Extensions to add seating space in our kitchen, it was difficult to reach items in the center of the table. If only there was some sort of tray or platter that could rotate to allow easy access for all the hungry people at the table…

If only there was some way to avoid having to reach clear across the table. Maybe some sort of rotating tray or platter…

The Solution

      Suoer Lazy Susan on comic-style background

This Super Easy to Make Super Lazy Susan comes to the rescue!

This super useful tabletop turntable serving accessory solved the problem of not be able to reach the condiments and side dishes. 

This Lazy Susan is simple to make and can be used for so many purposes, from appetizer trays and cheese plates to cake decorating. Whatever the task at hand, if it needs to be accessed from all sides, the Lazy Susan makes it easy!

The steps to make your custom Lazy Susan include:

  • Sanding – by hand or with a power sander
  • Conditioning the wood for even stain absorption
  • Staining – choose a color to match or contrast with your decor
  • Apply Polyurethane
  • Attach the ball bearing swivel plate 

My 18 inch Lazy Susan cost about $30 in parts and took a couple of hours to complete. Because of drying time, this makes a perfect weekend project. 

This can be completed easily using only basic tools, such as a sanding block, brushes and a screwdriver! This is a perfect project for any level of DIY experience, from beginners to advanced. 

The video shows how to make one of these “revolutionary” spinning platforms! It starts out with a quick overview of the steps for more advanced do-it-yourself types, followed by detailed instructions for those that would like more of a tutorial.

This is a fun and easy DIY project, and these Lazy Susans make great gifts! 

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I may earn a small commission on items bought using them. These are the same recommendations I would make regardless of any compensation. For products that I have older versions of, I recommend the items that I would replace them with if I were buying them new. 

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Option to hand sanding with a sanding block. Not required for this Lazy Susan, but a great addition to your toolkit if you don’t have one.


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