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Article Title: Lazy Susan – Rediscover A Vintage Helpmeet Article Keyword: Lazy Susan Client: Retro Lazy Susy

Many modern homeowners may not even recognize the name Lazy Susan, even though some of them may recognize one if they saw one. Lazy Susans are the small rotating trays that sit in the middle of dinner tables, and rotate so that each diner can reach whatever the Lazy Susan is holding. Vintage Lazy Susan is made of wood often resembling the weight and finish of a cutting board. Lazy Susans can be made of plastic, and some high class susans are made of glass. An anonymous contributor to the Good Housekeeping magazine coined the term “Lazy Susan” in 1906. However, they were in common use since the 18th century. Prior to the magazine article, the helper tables were known as dumbwaiters. However, that term came to mean the small elevator between the kitchen and other floors used to transport food throughout a large home. Although Lazy Susans are not as common in the 2000s, they are in frequent use in Chinese restaurants, where glass is the most common component for the table base. This allows patrons to share a large variety of foods. Some Lazy Susans are on little motors that continuously move the table throughout the meals. A less expensive Lazy Susan rotates on a central spindle, but this does not allow for a very large table or a significant amount of weight. A more effective Lazy Susan sits on a circle of ball bearings. This allows the use of a large, heavy table containing a full load of items. Some kitchens use a form of Lazy Susan to efficiently access food components in a quick and efficient manner. In one configuration, the full cabinet holds a set of Lazy Susan shelves set a foot or more apart, stacked vertically. The tower is circular with a 90-degree slice cut out in order to accommodate two doors for the cabinet. Other forms of Lazy Susans are used for rotating spice racks or television or computer rotating bases. Lazy Susans can also refer to rotating platforms used for construction and assembly, including sculpture, electronics repair, and fabrication. This allows for efficient moving of the item or product without actually touching or disturbing the product directly. If these construction aids are motorized, then they are more commonly referred to as turntables. Lazy Susans are not only a more efficient strategy for assembly, they also aid in preventing work related injuries. Repetitive assembly motions such as those commonly found on assembly lines can cause Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMDs). These can be avoided through the use of Lazy Susans during assembly. The military also uses the word Lazy Susan to refer to the turntables that allow weapon rotation. The famous fighting scene in Star Wars where Han Solo is mounted in a rotating platform to blast enemy spaceships is a famous and classic example of the use of military turntables. Other famous examples include the use of a turntable in the film Herbie Goes Bananas, which allowed the star of the show to be rotated a full 360 degrees to film the popular bullfighting sequence. Some versions of Scrabble are mounted on Lazy Susans to allow each player to turn the board to their best advantage without turning the tiles. A huge turntable is used in some rail yards to position trains on tracks. Modern homeowners can experiment with classic Lazy Susans to find the utility of having an attractive and useful method for making condiments available to each of their dining guests.


Lazy Susan – Rediscover A Vintage Helpmeet