How to Build a Decorative Lazy Susan?

A Lazy Susan is a helpful little gadgets when it comes to serving food on the tabletop or retrieving foods in hard to reach places, such as the food stored near the back of kitchen cabinets. They can also serve as beautiful decorative trays if you love to decorate a counter or tabletop in the kitchen, bath or living area.

Today, I will be sharing my do-it-yourself step process of how I created my personal Lazy Susan for my kitchen countertop. So grab your list of tools and materials and check it twice making sure you have everything you need for this project.

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Materials and Tools

You may have notice the side note beside the pan head machine screws. While, trying to connect and secure the original screw that came with the handle pulls, the original screws ended up being to short. The board I used had a 1 inch thickness. If your board is less than 1 inch you may not need to purchase longer screws.

Note: Before starting this project, be sure to thoroughly read the instructions on each container. Move to a well ventilated area when sanding or using paint, stains, wood conditioner, and/or wood finish. Wear safety googles to protect your eyes and a mask to prevent inhaling harmful chemicals.

  1. Smooth the wood by using sandpaper or a sanding block, and then remove the dust with a tac-cloth.
  2. Apply the wood conditioner with a foam brush, and let it sit for 30 minutes before applying the stain.
  3. Apply the wood stain and, allow to dry for 2 hours before applying to the other side.
  4. Once applied to both sides of the wood, wait 24 hours before applying the wood finish.
  5. After 24 hours, you can choose to draw or use a Cricut to apply a design, and then apply the wood finish. Allowing 24 hours to dry.
  6. After completely drying, measure and find the middle of the wood on the backside. Place the turntable (lazy Susan) hardware and begin to screw it on.
  7. Next, measure and mark the placement of the handles. Once marked, drill in the wholes on each end on the board.
  8. Hold one handle against the board and screw in 2 of the 1-1/2 inches pan head combo machine screws by using a screwdriver or slowly using a drill to help speed things up.
  9. Repeat step 8 for the other handle.
  10. Once each handle is screwed on, then you have your beautiful Lazy Susan.

Tip: If you make a mistake like I did by drilling a whole that doesn’t aligned with the handle pull, go up to the next size drill bit. If that doesn’t work, then go up to the next size until the whole is big enough to match the screw with the handle pull. DO NOT jump up several big sizes to avoid making the whole too big.

Now that you have your beautiful Lazy Susan, what are you going to use it for? Gift it to a friend or family member? Share in the comments below. Show us your Lazy Susan on our social media by tagging us @fletchwoodhomefront and using our hashtag #flecthwoodhomefront or #fletchwoodhomefrontdecor.

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