Make your own Lazy Susan and ensure everyone can grab a bite to eat with this table centrepiece
- Cost< 25 £
- Duration1-3 h
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:
- dining plate
- adhesive tape
- drinking glass
- wood glue
- pocket rule
- 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)
Let's go - step by step
Mark out the measurements and curves
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.
Draw two circles
You need: Zirkel/Seil/Schnur/Stück Holz, 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).
Saw out the shapes
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.
Build the middle part
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.
You need: Sandpaper and sanding block
You should now go over all the sawn edges with a fine sanding sponge.
Drill the blind holes
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.
Attach the small circular wooden board
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.
Attach the wheels and the dowel rod
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).
Assemble the components
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!