Lazy susan for shoes! Pic included!

Submitted by msutton621 on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 10:30

I hope this pic shows up...  If not, simply Google, "shoe lazy susan" to see what I'm talking about.  The round cuts would probably be the most difficult, but I would LOVE to see plans for this! :)

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 16:23

This picture is copyrighted and is in the process of being patented-im sure you will be able to purchase this in the future

Tsu Dho Nimh

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 15:35

I found three trademark applications for "Lazy Shoezan" and they are all dead! The most recent one to be cancelled was November 19, 2010.

I could not find any recent patents for rotary shoe rack or carousel ... but the USPTO doesn't reveal pending ones.

If you want to make money from your plans, it's easier to give away the plans and sell advertising on your website.

As for the copyright violation, your website says "Lazy Shoezan by Bob Willey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License."

So I looked it up, and here's the CC text:

Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

NOTE: There is no specified manner of attribution on your website. If you don't specify the manner, there will be no attribution.

Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.

NOTE: That means the work (the photos) can't be used in an ad.

No Derivative Works — You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

NOTE: That means the photo can't be used as part of another image.

The idea itself cannot be copyrighted, it can only be patented. And if you were going to patent it, having your shoe thingy in a bazillion pins on Pinterest probably counts as prior publication. File FIRST, put it on the net LATER!

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Eran Hazan

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 07:17

the original trademark belong to Lee the inventor of the "Lazy Lee"
The shoe rack called: "the woman's Dream"
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Fri, 01/13/2012 - 00:09

This is great. It makes me think of the movie "Overboard." Even as a little girl, I always wanted a shoe closet like Joanna Staten (Goldie Hawn) had. I think this would be fairly simple construction, cut-out circles from 3/4'' plywood, attach the vertical dividers with glue and a nailgun, and build the layers as you go. This would be a great project to use that iron-on banding for all of the rounded plywood edges. The tricky part is finding the hardware, I bet you could even modify a swivel plate like you would find on a swiveled barstool. Building it would be easy, I bet the installation is the tricky part.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 10:42

I would use MDF, because it's smoother and doesn't need edge banding. 1.2 inch would be strong enough for shoes. A router instead of a jigsaw, or make it a hexagon or octagon so you can do straight cuts and skip the problem

You can buy lazy susan hardware from many places, including

A 2-foot diameter shoe-susan with 4 levels could be built out of one sheet of 4'x8' whatever, including the dividers.

And - have you considered using salvaged tops from those small round tables with the screw-in legs.


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 13:55

Agreed to use a router with a circle jig. I don't know about MDF though. I agree that you skip the need for edge banding, but it's not all that strong and it weighs a lot. In an ideal world, you would build this from pine, which is light, strong and looks good on the edges. The angled cuts would get tiresome though, and might be a bit impractical for most people.

Still, I think my cats needs this. They'll love being able to sit on top of all of my wife's shoes at once.

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Sat, 01/14/2012 - 06:31

Am I missing something really obvious here? When I look at this, I see a bunch of circles only. The boards inbetween the shoes don't even meet. I don't see where it needs angled cuts.

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Sat, 01/14/2012 - 12:19

He's talking about making an octagon shape instead of a circle lending to straight angled cuts instead of round. If you don't have a jigsaw or router to cut a curve, you could use a circular saw and make this an octagon instead. And you're right, the partitions look like short, straight pieces.

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Sat, 01/14/2012 - 17:33

I left out a few steps. My thought was still to keep it circular, and cut it with a router. To do that with solid wood, I'd build an octagon and cut the circle out of that with a router and a circle jig.

The 22 1/2 degree cuts for the octagon are well within my capabilities, using either a table saw or hand saw and plane. Those tools aren't on Ana's starting tools list though. A sliding miter saw is great and capable of doing it, but they're expensive: For just a little more you could buy a decent starter table saw.


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 14:18

I'm sure I saw precut circles (I assumed for use as table tops) at Lowes in the shelving/board aisle.

I think it would be fun for toys too :)

Can't imagine having that many shoes...


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:02

Pottery Barn sells a pricey revolving book shelf with the same design, just taller. This would be a great project for the plan catalog if anyone decides to figure it out.

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 01/15/2012 - 16:08

I would be very careful-this picture is copyrighted and is in the process of patenting

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 00:13

There is no infringement here....check with any patent attorney if you have questions


Thu, 02/09/2012 - 15:53

How did your build go? I am starting mine tonight. I have modified mine to (I Hope) fit boots. My dad has a hole under his stairs and this would be perfect for that area. I thought about getting the plans but at $40 bucks it put the project out of my price range. Since I am making a custom size for my space & height for boots the measurements would all need to be re-done.
I thing I am going with MDF, just not sure on the size ¾ or ½ inch? I will keep you guys posted on how it goes.

sweston (not verified)

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 06:03

it went well. I used 3/4 birch ply and edge banded it. I used biscuits to align the verticle supports. I made this one 26" in diameter. 6 coats of wipe-on poly.


Wed, 03/07/2012 - 15:53

I'm going to try to build one... Done something similar... I'll let you all know how it goes and post pics and instructions, obviously if it comes out good :D

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 10:30…

This is a link to HomeDepot's instructions on a similar lazy susan, However to make the once pictured, the circle is larger and they did not use interconnected shoe dividers on each level. I think the one pictured above seems easier than the HomeDepot one.

I think it would be easier to use the HomeDepot's instructions for the base or "lazy susan" effect. Then play around with the height between each levels based on your highest shoes OR you could always lay your shoes on their sides to HIGH heels.

I'm going to make this ASAP. I think that MDF is the easiest and cheapest way. As far as the 3/4" vs 1/2" I would love to know peoples opinions?!?!?