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04-14-2021 10:28 PM

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We need a lazy susan for a new deck table. It will probably be between 18” and 24” in diameter (need to consult with the queen) and I’m wondering what size hardware to purchase? I don’t want it to wobble so something like an 8” would probably be too small but do you think that 16” is too big? Trying to balance ease of use with cost. Would a 12” be sufficient to handle a 24” top?

Any thoughts and suggestions are gratefully accepted.


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#1 posted 04-14-2021 10:31 PM

Grant, I have two that are 24” diameter and I used 14” hardware.
the base that the hardware attaches to should be just a couple of inches smaller than the top that rotates.
will it be portable or fixed to the table ?
if it is not affixed to the table or sturdy bottom piece, it could be tipsy.
this is my “portable” 24” with a 12” bearing that I use for painting and other art projects.
it does not have a base and when I rest my hand on the edge, it tips down.
(some day, I will make a bottom plate for it so it will be more stable for larger projects).
so once you get it made, then you can decide what to do with the mounting.

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#2 posted 04-15-2021 12:54 AM

if you are not sure of the size you need, make a prototype out of cardboard and place your condiments on it.
depending on the size of the table and how many people it will seat for a meal, it is hard to estimate the “correct” size.

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#3 posted 04-15-2021 03:52 AM

I think 12” would be too small unless you’re only going to be putting very light objects on it. You could get away with it if you build a base with a larger diameter.

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#4 posted 04-15-2021 11:18 AM

Suggest a swivel bearing that is 70-75% size of rotating table. Or min ~16-17in for 24in top.
Tables carry a lot more weight than cabinet.
If you choose to use a lessor bearing: at least you will know when your teenage son had half naked girls dancing on table while you away; by the broken swivel? :-(0)

You can buy very large lazy susan, but they are not always called by that name. Try turntable bearing or table swivel bearing. Like you mention, large versions tend to be expensive.
Here is inexpensive 17in aluminum version.

Largest sizes are mostly used for rotating raised buffet table in center of large 10-15 person round table, common in Chinese restaurants. Folks over at VXB imports some large alumimum turntable bearings like this 800mm. But pricing is 3x same listing on Alibaba.
I once repaired a buffet table for Korean friend, and he pickup a 32in replacement turntable bearing from the Asian restaurant supply distributor?

Best Luck.

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#5 posted 04-15-2021 03:41 PM

The size of the bearing doesn’t matter that much as long as the base beneath it is big enough.

My lazy susan is 33” across (at the tips) and uses an 8” bearing. The base beneath it is 24” in diameter. Very stable.

The 48” lazy susans I saw in China were similar – large base & not-so-large bearing.

As for the size – I would recommend you make it as big as possible. Leave enough room on the table for a comfortable table setting. For us that is ~14 inches (60-33)/2.

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#6 posted 04-16-2021 02:10 AM

By deck table I assume that this will be out in the weather? Don’t forget to consider what material it’s made of. If it rusts you will likely be replacing it pretty quickly. You might want to look at the swivels that are used on boat seats. As Steve mentioned as long as the base is wide enough, it won’t matter what size the actual mechanism is as long as it rated for the total weight.

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#7 posted 04-16-2021 09:20 AM

I did do a blog on lazy susans. Hell, I can’t remeber what was the purpose other than suggest there are several types and unimaginable uses.

From my experience, I agree that the top platter should be larger than the base… if for no other reason than procticality You should minimise the overlap if only to provide visible stability. With the appropriate “solidity” of the base (be it a fixed tabletop or movable base) and rigidity of the platter, even the small ones are reputed for substantial weight bearing… and I think that feasts involving a full roast bull might be off the menu. When considering the 300mm (12” in Yankee speak), I have no problems getting dizzy on mine and I’m by no way a lightweight. I have used that 300mm with small platters for large and heavy furniture for painting aid purposes.

There is some play/wobble in the 300mm regardless of the platters, and I’ve found that small top heavy items could topple regardless of the top platters diameter.

Personally, unless you plan to use it as a frisbee, I’d be inclined to use a LS as big as you can get/afford and still remain incognito under to top platter.

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