When it comes to lazy DIY and shortcuts, you better believe I’m all over it. I had some leftover pieces of butcher block from our recent kitchen renovation and I was dying to use them inside our home for something. Today, I’ll show you how to make a DIY lazy susan turntable with some scrap wood and it doesn’t have to be round.
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What You’ll Need To Make A DIY Lazy Susan Turntable
Of course, if you know me you know that I L O V E using scraps of wood to make simple DIY projects around the house. I had been wanting to make a lazy susan for a while now but couldn’t justify purchasing the wood rounds. I’m thrifty that way. C H E A P
So, here is what I started with. There’s a complete supply list below to help you find the products to make this DIY lazy susan turntable.
- scrap wood (square or round)
- lazy susan rotating turntable bearing hardware
- wood screws
- felt pads
- drill set
- screwdriver set
- The BEST Dang White Wax
- Best Dang Brush (I used for wax application)
Sealing The Wood – DIY Lazy Susan Turntable
The wood I’m using for this project is an unfinished butcher block and will need to be sealed to protect it from dirt, grime, water, and just everyday life.
Because I love the natural wood look of the unfinished butcher block, I chose to use white wax to seal the wood. It’s super easy to apply.
Make sure your wood is sanded smooth and dust-free. Apply a small amount of the white wax over the wood and buff with a soft cotton cloth.
If you want extra protection on the wood surface, you can use a water-based topcoat over the wax after it has cured for 30 days. I’m not too messy in the kitchen so I think the wax finish will be good enough.
And if you’re wondering why I didn’t use a round piece of butcher block, I didn’t have it in me to even try to make a perfect circle. Thus the lazy method. Square is fine with me and more my style.
How To Assemble The Lazy Susan Turntable
Layout all your supplies on a clean surface. I like to work on my kitchen island. It’s HUGE! And it will be the home of my DIY lazy susan turntable.
Center the lazy susan rotating turntable bearing hardware in the center of the bottom side of your board. Next, with a pencil, mark where the screws will be inserted but only on the base part of the hardware. This is so much easier than guessing you have it right. I’ve done that a few times. But who is counting?
Now you’re going to predrill the holes for the screws. Be sure to use a drill bit that is a bit smaller than your screw. Basically, you’re making a pilot hole so that it’s easier to insert the screw into the wood and it also prevents the wood from cracking if you’re using older brittle wood.
Attach the lazy susan rotating turntable hardware with the screws leaving the top part of the hardware free to rotate.
Attach felt pads to the bottom to prevent the metal from scratching your surface.
Here Is How I Use My DIY Lazy Susan Turntable
I’ve been using my DIY lazy susan turntable on my kitchen island. Our new home has an amazing island with a cooktop, and I needed something to help organize the ingredients that I use the most while cooking.
And the square wood doesn’t bother me one bit. I think it ties in nicely with the kitchen decor. I promise to share more with you about our kitchen renovation soon.
Thanks for joining me today, and I would love to know how you would use this square lazy susan. Let me know in the comment section or just say hi so I’ll know you stopped by.
Love it! And I have a butcher block piece left from our countertops that may now have new purpose!
I’m enjoying my lazy susan turntable. It’s turned out to be very useful in my kitchen. 🙂 Thanks for reading. xo
Do, love this project. It would make wonderful Christmas presents.
Yes, it would!
We’re thinking about doing that same butcherblock for our lit hen counters..ease tell me the best way to seal and protect them. ❤
I’ll have a blog post coming out soon about the process I used to seal ours. Stay tuned! 🙂 xo
Aren’t you clever….. but I already knew that. I really like the square look. I can see a square lazy Susan on our picnic table. It would be so simple to make.
Thanks for the simple clever ideas for using the leftovers.
Yes! This would be great on a picnic table. Great idea. Thanks for stopping by. xo 🙂
Love the soft tone of the wood. I would probably use in the same way. Board stays nice and cleanly and attractive to look at. You definitely can get more on a square compared to round. Great job.
Thank you! My thoughts exactly. xo 🙂
Thank you, Emma! xo 🙂
What a great transformation with your left over butcher block. Stylish and useful! Your new home looks so pretty!
Thank you, Kim. I have saved all the scrap wood for future projects.
Your lazy susan and NEW kitchen look amazing my friend! Have a super day. XOXO
Thanks, Denise! It’s turning out to be very useful in the kitchen. xo 🙂
Projects like this are my fave! I love using every last little bit of supplies I have. This is a great project Do! Pinned!
Me too! It fills my soul with the warm fuzzies. I don’t know what it is about repurposing, but it just feels good. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 xo
Do, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE all the wonderful projects you create! You are so blessed with talent. Your new home is so beautiful and spacious- if it was my house, I wouldn’t change a thing. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thank you so much, Brenda. I’m looking forward to sharing more DIY projects in 2023. Happy New Year! 🙂 xo