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A journey into the workshop. #37: Lathe stuff growing, need to get busy with the stand cabinet...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-13-2010 09:27 PM 1983 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So… it started out pretty simple, a Central Machinery #34706 lathe, basically a Jet JWL1236 clone, and the 8 pc Benjamin’s best chisels found their way into my shop…

I got a few spindles turned, got pretty good with rolling beads and coves, nothing too serious, just having fun for now… But… I wanted to try bowls…

Start with faceplate turning, that worked pretty well for THICK bottomed bowls, but after the first time of mashing the bowl gouge into the screws for the faceplate, I decided a chuck was in order…

I had borrowed a friends Wood River chuck, and decided it worked pretty well, so I picked one up…

The Christmas came, and a full set of Versa Chisels, and Roughing gouges showed up on my door step, followed by larger bowl gouges, and sanders, not to mention measuring, marking, and layout tools for the lathe…

This small assortment of tools is going beyond what a simple shelf on the bottom of the lathe stand can handle with any efficiency…

My lathe stand cabinet design is borrowed at least in concept from other LJs… A simple cabinet that slides into the cavity in the stock lathe stand. Enough space for at least 2 80lb bags of sand in an enclosed compartment, and sufficient drawer space to hold all of my lathe goodies, and room for more…

The design is in Sketchup right now, but there is a good deal of work to be done on designing the drawers (Never done that before, not sure what I am doing).

I have the material (3/4 and 1/2” birch ply, Walnut accents, Pine drawer faces.) As soon as I have the design down pat, I am going to start laying out and cutting. Woo Hoo!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Andrew

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 09:40 PM

I keep all of my lathe stuff on a 4 teired stand that I made from some recycled maple benches and mdf. It stands 4 1/2 feet tall, 1 foot deep and 2 feet wide. The top shelf has lots of holes that I just put the business end of my tools through, Nails on the side keep measuring tools. Often used allen wrenches have a home. Sanding supplies are now kept in an old first aid kit that hangs on the wall. Stone powdwers have a shelf, along with honing tools, chucks, and jaws, glues. It sits about 2 feet from the lathe, close enough to be handy, without getting in the way. Instead of sand under the bed of my lathe I just have 2 big half trunks of white oak, about 80 #s each.
Have fun nothing better than making stuff for the shop.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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dbhost

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 09:46 PM

Like I have mentioned before, part of the purpose behind this is a skill builder so I can be ready to do a cabinet job for my kitchen and bathrooms…

I’d love a big stand like that… However floor space being what it is, I want to utilize the space under the lathe bed…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 11:31 PM

What are going to do for drawer slides, wood or metal?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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yarydoc

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 12:04 AM

Just bought the same lathe. I would love to see your cabinet design when you finish.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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dbhost

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 12:15 AM

There was a project posted a while back on THIS thread which is what I am using for inspiration… I want a couple of modifications though…

The other 34706 lathe stand cabinet Before anyone fusses, I am NOT planning on the mobile base part of this design.

Where his two bottom drawers are, I want a simple shelf enclosed cavity with a flip down door to hold the sand bags. The overall height should be about 2.5 to 3” shorter than what he has so you can get your hand in to tighten the nut for the banjo if need be… Edge Banding, and Handles I want to make from walnut. I might just spin up some walnut knobs for it…

Jim,

Drawer slides are what is keeping my from getting anywhere near final with the setup… I want some self / soft closing slides, but the depth of my cabinet is going to be 16”, remove 2” for drawer fronts, and back panel, not to mention good measure, and that means the drawer slides should be 14”... Now where am I going to find short full extension, soft close drawers slides?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 01:00 AM

Just looking around, I don’t know anything about that kind of hardware, but did a quick search:

Check out the pdf on this page

More Slides

............so they do exist….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jimi_C

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 03:49 AM

Rockler has them: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=21471&filter=self%20closing%20drawer%20slide

So I’m sure other places like Woodcraft, etc. would as well.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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bayspt

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#8 posted 01-14-2010 03:55 AM

I look forward to watching this develope. I have the exact lathe pictured in the photo, and with the dabbleing I have been doing as of late, I might need storage soon. Keep up the good work.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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Jimi_C

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 06:07 AM

Actually, I misread your post, thought you wanted 16”, which is the minimum size for the ones I posted. However, they do have these which come in 14” size.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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dbhost

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#10 posted 01-14-2010 04:51 PM

I’m not wedded to a 14”, I can grow the depth a bit… An inch more on each side won’t hurt anything… And would give me deeper drawers…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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stefang

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#11 posted 01-14-2010 05:53 PM

Will you have a wall behind your lathe? I think the drawers are nice, but I have mine on the wall behind my lathe together with a shelf for accessories. I like this set up a lot. It keeps my tools well organized and very easy to access and put back. If you are interested you can see it on my home page workshop. I also have about 300 lb. of sand enclosed on my stand. I saw someone had used plastic buckets to hold the sand and thought that was a good solution. Congratulations on the new lathe. I hope you enjoy it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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dbhost

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#12 posted 01-14-2010 06:59 PM

Yes, but the legs spread 18” deep front to back, and the lathe stands 4” from the wall, so depth is no huge deal…

I thought about wall mounting the tools using broom clips on peg board, and pegs for things like the spanners, chuck case, etc… But I do not want the temptation to let stupidity allow me to overreach the lathe while it is spinning to get a different tool… I’m dumb enough to do that…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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