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smittenbritt 07-08-2014 02:52 AM

Removing a built in lazy Suzan from bottom corner cabinet
Our entire kitchen was done before we moved in almost 3 yrs ago.
Our kitchen has a heavy black granite counter top (going up the entire back splash too) so there's a lot of weight I guess on the bottom cabinets.

But the cabinets are those Hampton bay ones from Home Depot that they carry in stock. So pretty cheap. My issue is storage is badly managed and I need to rethink the two bottom corner cabinets. I have decided I'm just gunna put those freestanding metal shelves with legs inside as I have found some cheap and sturdy metal ones, they will not come all the way forward to the door (I want half shelves as they are corner cabinets, for easier access.) and I won't have to screw anything through anything.

One cabinet will be easy as they never placed a shelf in there. All I will have to do is empty it and put the shelf where I want it. But the other I'm hesitant to start. It's the Hampton bay corner cabinet with lazy Suzan and the hinged two piece door. The lazy Suzan is well....... utter rubbish. It's got plastic shelves which bend if you put much weight on it. I need to store my pots and pans there and it can't handle them. The bar that runs from top to bottom has slipped and now is at a bit of an angle. I'm not entirely sure it would handle too much food it's that cheap...and it's reduced the amount of usable space in the cupboard. Without it I think I could store a lot more with the free standing shelves and some hooks. But I'm worried that the lazy Suzan may be also support for the counter top? Yeah I know it seems like a dumb question. Wood work and DIY was never my forte.
But basically I would like to know if ripping out the lazy Suzan will weaken the structure of the cabinet and I can't see anything on the product on home depots site to even hint at if it's of structural importance or not.

bud16415 07-08-2014 05:08 AM

The spinning thing holds no weight. Rip away. :)

havasu 07-08-2014 07:28 AM

I have seen some cabinets which uses the "Lazy Susan" support poles as the rear support for a few corner cabinets. Chances are that Bud is correct, but I'd be alot happier to see a pic of this "Lazy Susan" before advising to rip it out.

bud16415 07-08-2014 08:15 AM

I assumed there was a base cabinet on each side of the corner. IMO if that’s the case the counter top should have enough support from each side even if the pole was jacked up against the top. All the ones I have seen have some brace going across to hold the upper bearing thing.

Getting that stuff out of that little door might be a trick and getting some shelves in may be a better trick. I agree a photo of what you have and what you want to fit in there would be good. Where there’s a will There’s a way.

havasu 07-08-2014 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by bud16415 (Post 107621)
Where there’s a will There’s a way.

That's for sure! :beer:

slownsteady 07-08-2014 01:22 PM

If you are planning on junking the lazy susan, then just hack the shelves off the pole and get a good look behind it. You may be able to add support (if you think it's needed) before removing the pole.
If the pole has already moved, like you mentioned, it probably supports nothing.

smittenbritt 07-08-2014 02:10 PM

Thanks I have taken some photos but I am having trouble displaying them in the thread? It want me to add a link to a URL when I click on the image icon?

smittenbritt 07-08-2014 02:13 PM

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Ok think I figured it out. Hoping these pictures help.

smittenbritt 07-08-2014 02:15 PM

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Another pic

smittenbritt 07-08-2014 02:16 PM

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And this is the outside though prob not of importance

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