Do you have a board game from when you were a child that you wanted to play daily and still love to play today!? For me, that is The Game of Life game. I used to play with the game board even when I wasn’t playing the game with my friends or family. It was like a little play mat for my cars and families. I’d drive the little cars around the town and have my figures have babies and play well…life! 🙂 I wanted to make the whole board game experience a little more enjoyable for my family so I decided to create our own lazy susan game board.
I made this DIY lazy susan game board all for $10! It’s a great way to easily turn the board around so everyone can sit comfortably! I started with 2 long 1×4 boards and I had them cut it at my local home improvement store to 16 inches long each. (Note: 1×4’s are actually about 1×3.75 so the width of your board will be 14 inches, not 16 inches.) I wanted the top of the lazy susan to be 4 boards wide. I then had them cut 2 – 12 inch boards for the base of the lazy susan. You want your base to be smaller in length and width than the top of your lazy susan. You will want to sand down the boards so they are smooth and then stain or paint them to your desired color.
- 4 – 16-inch 1×4 pieces of wood
- 2 – 12-inch 1×4 pieces of wood
- lazy susan bearing
- screws (1/2 inch & 3/4 inch)
- 2 – 11 inch metal brackets
- Stain or paint
First, you will want to attach the four 16 inch boards together. The lazy susan bearing is thin so I needed to find something even thinner to attach the boards. The other day I was walking through my home improvement store and came across these USP connectors that are used for fencing. It was the perfect solution for this project! I started by centering them at the ends of each side of the boards and screwing them in on the outside moving in.
Next, you will want to center the lazy susan bearing onto the back of the top of the board. Mark the holes with a pencil so that you can easily find where to screw to attach the bearing.
The next step is to screw the bearing onto the bottom boards. The great thing about this is the bearing holds the boards together so you don’t need anything to secure them.
The last step is to secure the bearing onto the top of the of the lazy susan. Line up your bearing holes while turning the bottom part at an angle so the holes are visible. Screw in the holes to secure the bearing.
Voila, you have a beautiful board game lazy susan!
What better addition to family game night than one of America’s favorite treats….M&M’s®?! My family is a huge fan and it’s great to have around the table to enjoy while I share one of my favorite childhood games with my own child. My family’s personal favorites are M&M’s® Peanut Butter and M&M’s® Milk Chocolate.
I love how simple this project was and my family LOVES playing board games with the turntable board! It makes it so much easier and helps it from making pieces get bumped off while playing! Playing board games is so much fun and now having the lazy susan makes it that much more enjoyable!
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