This past weekend, I was able to make a little bit of progress on the lathe stand project involving the four pedestal support legs. A couple of hours spent with some saws, files, rasps, and smoothing plane turned those previously ugly pieces of North American Scroungewood into serviceable lathe stand parts.
Happily, these are the last of those brutal 2-by parts to be hand-tooled.
That newly built planing stop mentioned in last week’s post turned out to be worth its weight in gold for this part of the project.
I also lugged the main frame back down the stairs to the basement annex, so I could more easily finish the project without turning into a ‘geeksickle’ in the freezing garage.
The ultimate plan is to have this piece completed and operational by the end of January. The finishing may have to wait until Spring, when the completed project can be hauled back to the not-quite-so freezing garage.
As far as construction goes, all that remains is fashioning the bottom of the sand enclosure, the tool shelf, attaching the pedestal supports, affixing the castors, and mounting the lathe table and machine.
I am looking forward to getting the lathe back into operation as there are several items on the official “handsawgeek 2015 Project List” that require turned parts.
Now, where did I put that tube of BenGay?......