My woodturning station

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Blog entry by Nils posted 11-14-2007 06:01 PM 1594 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just posted my first pen on my project list, and I mentioned “setting up my turning station.” Here’s the steps I go through, just for everyone’s amusement. As you recall, my shop is quite small – to use my table saw I have to roll it into the driveway. Everything is stacked up on everything else when I’m not using it.

The first picture shows my workbench in its normal state of being a storage unit.The big blocky thing leaning up against it on the left is the lathe on its torsion box base.

Turning station - Before (1)

Now I’ve cleared off the space where the lathe on its base will sit.

Turning station - Before (2)

Here’s the turning station ready for action. I manhandle the lathe on its base up onto the workbench, and the clamp it down (probably not really needed, but you can’t be too safe, right?).

Turning station - Ready to turn

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 07:07 PM

A great solution to a small space issue! I’ve always thought that gaping hole under my lathe was a huge waste of space. You’ve done away with that. If only you could get someone else to help you lift!

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 07:43 PM

Maybe a rope and pully to hoist it up to the ceiling when not in use?!! Kinda like the old system they had to put the harness on the fire horses. The human mind feeds on adversity. The more adverse we are the wiser we become.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-14-2007 07:51 PM

Great suggestion! I’ve been thinking of doing some kind of rope and pully method. This is a pretty new setup for me, so I haven’t had time to explore the possibilities. I should have mentioned on the pen entry that it was also my first turning project since I was a teenager.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#4 posted 11-14-2007 07:56 PM

Good job Nils!
Think of how the poor old “bodgers” had to run their pole lathes with one foot and cut only on the down stroke.
Now that’s hard times!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 11-15-2007 09:37 AM

Goes to show you – when a man (or woman) gets that sawdust in their veins, nothing will stop them from building something.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 11-15-2007 03:21 PM


Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Great job of using the space you have to the best effect. My studio is 30’ x 30’, but you never have enough room. :-( I’m trying to design some multi-purpose tool units that can house some of my growing collection of woodturning tools. Maybe a pull down storage unit, or a rotating, rolling lazy susan type of tower unit would work…?

I like the idea of some type of hoist for your lathe… It just might save your back one day. :-) Not to mention, it sure would make moving it into place easier! Take care and all the best to you and yours!

P.S. I’m a professional wood turner, so if I can ever help you with a woodturning related question, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Steve Russell
The Woodlands, Texas

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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