I just received a really inexpensive (less than $90) 40” lathe (not HF). To try it out, it seemed that the first order of business is a stand to sit it on (and stabilize it).
I looked at all the lathe stand projects and found one by fellow LJs Garys and garriv777 that seemed to have the length and depth I was after. Theirs is much nicer than my pine, treated pine and Advantech creation, but then again I’m not finished yet. ;=)
I had every thing I needed except two 8 foot 2×6’s, so I picked them up this afternoon. I began with cutting the treated 4×4’s to length on the miter saw, then rounding the edges on the router.
Like garriv777’s, I notched the top center of the 4×4 feet for a dado joint.
However, I also (from the bottom directly below the dado) recessed two washer cavities (recessed so they won’t touch the floor, and washers so the screws will grab with the washer as a shoulder in the soft pine), then pre-drilled so that I could run two screws on each foot up into the 2×6 leg center member.
I then attached the 4×4 leg shafts to each side of the leg lower center by using a 1/2” forstner bit to a depth of 2”, then followed that with 3” screws with washers (again to keep the screws from drawing to far into the soft pine) to attach the glued pieces together securely. For the record, I actually got clamps and dowel out, but chose this method due to speed and convenience. This IS a tool table, not a Grandfather clock. ;=)
After both pairs of legs were assembled, I ran a horizontal 2×6 between the legs, glued and screwed blocking 10” on center down each side, followed that with a top made of 3/4” Advantech, and finally added 2×6 skirts to the outside front and back. That’s where I am tonight. Even though it’s not completed yet, I just had to set the lathe on the top to check for fit. You know how it is…
I have more planned: completing the ends, adding a middle horizontal support that will hold turning tools… and/or possibly a shelf or a box. And it will be finished in some form or fashion. Who knows? Tomorrow is another day. Thanks for stopping in.
BTW… here are some pictures that prove that I do make a mess in my shop (for a minute, anyway).
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia