Lazy Susan’s can be a great way to organize your home. But it can be hard to find the right size for every spot. So, let’s build it!
I have 2 DIY’s for you today. And they’re both easy. Yea!! First, the quick and easy steps to build a custom beadboard box. Get perfectly sized and pretty storage for any space. And second, a how-to video that’ll quickly show you how to use Lazy Susan Hardware. Then you can turn that beadboard box into a DIY Lazy Susan Organizer. Double yea!!
Lazy Susan hardware is easy to buy, but it looks kind of complicated. After watching my video, you’ll want to build a DIY Lazy Susan Organizer for every crowded cabinet in your home. And you can turn most wood rounds, squares, trays or boxes into a Lazy Susan.
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Materials Needed to Build a Custom Beadboard Box
Note: Building an open top box is pretty straight-forward. You can also follow the same steps using 1/2″ or 3/4″ wood and plywood.
- 4″ Square Lazy Susan Hardware, or larger when necessary
- Base – 3/4″ thick wood or plywood, cut to size for your space
- Sides – I used a thin T&G Wall Plank, like this one at Lowe’s
- Wood Glue, Wood Filler, 120-grit Sandpaper and Brad Nails
- Tools: Brad Nailer or hammer, Miter Saw, paint brushes or paint sponges
- Varathane Fast Drying Stain, Weathered Gray
- I used 2 shades of an Apple Barrel Acrylic mixed together to paint the inside blue
- Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Matte
Steps to Build your Custom Beadboard Box
- Decide on the best size for your space. Remember, if you are turning it into a Lazy Susan, it’ll need to have space around it for spinning.
- Cut the base of the box to size, remember to subtract out the width of the sides.
- Cut the sides with a 45-degree angle on your Miter Saw.
- Glue and nail each side to the base. Be sure to line up those corners carefully.
- Run a bead of glue along the length of all 4 inside corners too. Wipe excess away with a damp cloth.
- After the glue dries, apply wood filler to the outside edges to get the smoothest look possible.
- Once the filler dries, lightly sand the outside and inside with the sandpaper.
- Clean dust off with a damp cloth.
- Apply 2 coats of stain, follow the directions on the stain.
- Paint inside the box with 2 coats of acrylic color of your choice.
- Apply 2 coats of Polycrylic to the entire box to protect it from food and oils.
Materials Needed to Make a DIY Lazy Susan Organizer
- 4″ Lazy Susan Hardware
- Piece of MDF or plywood cut to size. This will be the base of the Lazy Susan.
- Super Glue or screws and screwdriver
Steps to Make a DIY Lazy Susan Organizer
- INSTALL USING SCREWS: Watch the video below to see the standard way to install Lazy Susan Hardware with screws.
- INSTALL USING SUPER GLUE: I used 1/8″ thick plywood for the base of my Lazy Susan Hardware. Since most screws would have been too long, I decided to try my trusty DAP Rapid Fuse instead. It’s a super glue that works on wood, steel, and lots of other surfaces. It worked great! BUT BE CAREFUL, screws can be undone. Glue can’t, at least not easily. So, test everything before gluing. Be sure that the box will spin in it’s space on top of that hardware and the base piece of wood before gluing.
Looking for more cute and crafty decor? Try this 5 Mason Jar Planter Box. It makes a great centerpiece for your Dining Room!
Or, have a look at this Easy Wood Slice Wall Hook DIY.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and make your own DIY Lazy Susan Organizer. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.