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Build your own pantry kitchen lazy susan.

Jun 24, 2008
My sons and I built this 6 shelf lazy susan pantry cabinet into the closet.

I bought two 4 by 8 foot by 3/4 inch oak panels. We cut each panel into four 2 by 4 foot pieces. We needed six pieces to make the six shelves. We then cut and sanded these pieces to fit inside the pantry closet from our poster board template.

We then marked the center of the door from the template onto one of the 2 by 4 foot plywood pieces. We used this point as the pivot point for the router to route out a 14.375 inch radius half circle out of the plywood. We then shortened the radius to 13.625 inches and routed the half circle again to make the half circle 3/4 of an inch smaller so that it would easily fit into the half circle of the back shelf.

We added a 1.5 by 1/4 inch oak lip around front of the back shelves and the half circle shelves so storage items would not fall off of them as the lazy susan was turned.

We fabricated a pivot post out of three 1 by 4 inch by 8 foot oak boards. The three boards were glued together as a 3 by 3 inch post 8 foot long. We drilled 5/8 inch hole in the bottom end 3 inches deep and fit a 4 by 5/8 inch steel rod in it and drilled a 5 inch deep hole for the top and placed a 7 by 5/8 inch steel rod in the top hole. The lazy susan pivots around these rods which are anchored in the floor at the bottom by a thrust bearing which we made and to the inside wall of the pantry closet at the top with a pillow block bearing.

We secured three 70 inch double track standard rails to the pivot post on three sides. These rails are used to mount three sets of 11 inch double track brackets for the half circle shelves to sit on. We notched each half circle shelf so that they would fit around the 3 by 3 inch post and rails easily.

I sanded, stained and varnished all the pieces for the lazy susan pantry cabinet shelves. We then took them inside to the pantry closet for final assembly. We placed the back shelves in the closet first and then mounted the pivot post in the thrust bearing on the floor and attached it to the wall with a 5/8 inch pillow block bearing. We placed the half shelves on the brackets of the pivot post.

We tested the lazy susan to make sure it would rotate around the center post and not hit the back shelves. It worked and it is easy to get to all of the food items in the pantry including those items on the back shelf and all the items on the lazy susan swing out for easy access. My wife loves it and so do I.
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Do you have a big kitchen pantry closet that you store dry goods in but can never see what you want? Then check out our pantry cabinet., or our lazy susan pantry, on how to build your own pantry.
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