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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #30: Another Lathe(y) day in "My Lair"....

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 425 days ago 1016 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I again had energy & motivation to venture into “My Lair”....

I decided to build & install what I’m calling a “Ballast Box”, it will also serve as a shelf under the lathe.
It was a project….
It was made of wood & saw dust was created….
But it ain’t no example of fine woodworking!!!

It is simply a 2×4 frame with 3/4” ply for a top and bottom. Concealed inside are two bags of sand. With the “Ballast Box” build completed, minus the top, the lathe was raised 1/4”, supported by a cross memeber on two sawhorses. Then the right CI leg was removed, so the shelf could fit into the confined space between the two legs. That meant it was time to reattach the leg, load the ballast and finally reassemble the leg. I think these pictures will convey the idea a lot better than I could ever describe with words….

Now all that is left is to order turning tools, read the owner’s manual & learn to turn!!!
Well, that’s the plan at least!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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JL7

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#1 posted 425 days ago

Where’s the beef? Nice addition. Plus lot’s of future junk storage. Can’t have enough of that. Kinda looks like it was meant to be there all along…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 425 days ago

Thanks for stopping in Jeff.
Didn’t you read Stumpy’s post over in the Stumpy Hotel? Pork is for dinner!!!

The legs are designed with supports for 2×4 stretchers, presumably for a ply top. The problem is attaching the ply to the bottom of the stretchers or getting a preassembled shelf with a “bottom” into the confined space. The top was made of two pieces of ply, so as to allow them to fit into the space.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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whitebeast88

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#3 posted 424 days ago

great looking lathe,enjoy your learning experience.
i’m hoping to get one someday….

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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DS

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#4 posted 424 days ago

Doesn’t that thing already weigh like 400 lbs?

Somehow, in my mind, I see my shins getting sore standing in front of that.

Let me know how well it works.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#5 posted 424 days ago

whitebeast88,
“Someday”, was what I was saying until this showed up on CL for $375.00 (retails on Amazon for $1429.99).
It was a deal that I couldn’t pass up!!!

DS,
Having never stood in front of a lathe, I hadn’t thought of that. If it does “become a pain”, it can be reworked/redesigned. We’ll see how it works out.

BTW: The listed weight is 356 pounds!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 424 days ago

Randy, I know less than nothing about lathes but that looks like a really nice one.

I’ve heard they can hurt you really quick, so “let’s be careful out there” !!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 424 days ago

Andy,
You know more about lathes than you think….
You know they can hurt you….
You also know how to spell l-a-t-h-e!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#8 posted 418 days ago

Nice work sand bag boy. That aught to hold it still.
Nice work Randy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 418 days ago

Thanks, Dave!

I must now get me some turning chisels and a few more goodies!!! PSI, here I come!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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