HOWTO make your own skateboard truck lazy-susan table

Inspired by the skateboard-truck lazy-susan table I blogged last year, Instructables user Wilgubeast has produced a HOWTO for replicating it for about $70, excluding the glass: "Think of the possibilities: Play board games where nobody has to look at the board upside-down. Bring the remote within reach without getting up from the couch. Epic tea parties."

Skateboard Table


  1. I’m trying, but all I can imagine is things flying off when I spin it too hard, and glass top after glass top broken by poor decisions on my part.

  2. My mind jumps immediately to fondue parties, would work great for distributing bits of meat or whatever around a central pot.

    Wait a sec. $70 or $1895? Slight difference there. The joinery is not quite at the $1900 level in my view.

  3. I’m pretty sure you could replace the glass with plastic if y’all are concerned.  If I were building one, I’d be thinking about how to keep it centered, but this actually looks like an extremely faithful interpretation of the original.  Pretty cool.

  4. skateboard trucks seem kind of overkill for a lazy susan, unless you are looking for a lazy susan that spins REALLY FAST.  You could also build something like this using a lazy susan bearing (purchasable at home depot for $5-$25, depending on the weight you want to support).  

    It just seems like this is a DIY project that uses a more expensive part that has a certain urban cachet in the place of a fairly common DIY project that people do every day.  Normally I like DIY projects that save money and solve problems that aren’t commonly solvable, this seems to do neither.

    Incidentally- those lazy susan bearings are great if you want space-saving bookshelves (or cd towers if you still use cds), or to make more efficient use of your cupboards

    1. Allen, the purpose of the skateboard trucks is that they look really cool.  You care how things look, right?  I mean, design matters and having all your stuff made of the absolute cheapest and ugliest stuff is no way to go through life.  And $70 is a far cry from what the original table cost – the one this is a knock-off of.  That one was over a grand.

    2. You could also build something like this using a lazy susan bearing (purchasable at home depot for $5-$25, depending on the weight you want to support). 

      Or you could buy an Ikea wooden lazy susan for $8 and customise it. But, as you say, that wouldn’t have the ‘urban cachet’.

    3. Oh for Pete’s sake. If you’re a skater, you have a lot of spare trucks lying around, so the parts are free. And using something that’s been a cherished part of your life for years counts for significantly more than “urban cachet”. And the action from polyurethane wheels is going to be 3000x times smoother than any lazy suzan bearing. And plus its cool as fuck.


  5. I might someday attempt this with a plywood top covered with a copper laminate. And a lip underneath to keep the thing effectively latched on to the skate trucks.  Glass is nice so we can see how it works, but I keep trying to improve it already.

  6. I think this is much more stable than people may think. A plexiglass top wouldn’t have the weight to stay put. New, clean wheels in tandem with the weight of the glass will hold this through any normal use. Barring a tibia-fracturing bump or exposure to children there’s no way the top is going to come off. The builder himself says the only way to move it is to lift it completely off the wheels. Clear glass at shin height can be pretty nasty, but keep it out of high-traffic areas with a few things on it for visibility and it would be fine.

  7. @allen
    I used a lazy susan bearing (From Ace, Home Depot and Lowe’s didn’t have it in stock at the time) to make an “Austronaut board”, a kind of sit and spin for occupational therapy for my kid.

  8. I think one could  substitute fixed (ie non-swivel) casters for a significant savings.

    Tempered glass is amazing strong. I once tried to dispose of a stereo component rack door with a hammer. It was pretty much a no-go until I scored the glass.

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