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Blog entry by luv2learn posted 154 days ago 802 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In part #1 of this blog ( Knock Down Storage for Under My Harbor Freight Lathe) I described my step by step process for adding knock down storage within the confines of my Harbor Freight lathe stand. Many of my LJ buddies suggested I add ballast to the stand to reduce vibration when turning out of round material or doing off center turning. I yielded to the advise of the more advanced turners among you. So, here is my knock down solution to ballast storage. After all, no self respecting Lumberjock wants his/her ballast showing LOL!!

In photos here is the process I used to hide the ballast.

I used six, 4×8x16 concrete blocks weighing 36 lbs. each as ballast for a total weight 216 lbs. I have room to add more if necessary but this should do the job.

Thanks for all the comments and the good advise and, thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green



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cajunpen

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#1 posted 154 days ago

That looks great. You are certainly organized – I need to do something like that for under my lathe.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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luv2learn

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#2 posted 154 days ago

Looks like I will be joining you Bill in learning my way around the lathe. Stay tuned.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 154 days ago

Good solution and I’m very please to learn that you’ve seen propriety dictates no LJs’ ballast be seen. :-)

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 154 days ago

John, LOL!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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nomercadies

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#5 posted 154 days ago

That is very good looking and obviously adds a lot of function. Do you ever have castors or wheels go flat on a side after a while?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 154 days ago

nomercadies, I have not had the castors on long enough to answer your question about them going flat. I hope they don’t.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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chris1999

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#7 posted 154 days ago

Can you explain or show more pictures about the drawers runners. Does the supports have threaded inserts?
I like your ideas. I have the jet version of this lathe and need to make some storage like this. Does the lathe try to move on the casters when you are turning a large or out of round piece. I. Need to add some weight to hold down my lathe when roughing blanks.

Chris

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nomercadies

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#8 posted 154 days ago

Thanks. I saw that you, like me … although your world is much more tidy and organized, put most everything on wheels. I just wondered if you ever had a flat spot on a wheel happen, especially under a heavier tool or cabinet. But obviously you haven’t. I must print out the pictures of your shop and post them over the place I keep my broom as a reminder to use it … if I can find it …

We had to make a horseshoe kind of plate to put under our wheels to take the constant pressure of the heavier benches off the wheels. Maybe I should post that process so I can get some feedback on how others do it. I need to move things, but not spend more on the castors than the equipment they help me move.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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luv2learn

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#9 posted 153 days ago

Chris, here are a few pictures of the drawer slide construction. Basically, they are 1/2”x1/2” pieces of hardwood that are friction fit into the 1/4” deep by 1/2” tall dadoes in the partitions and the drawer sides. The reason they have a radius on the ends is that I forot to cut the dadoes in the drawers before I put them together, oops!! Hope this helps. I haven’t tried to turn anything off center or out of round so I don’t know yet how the lathe will react.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 153 days ago

nomercadies, I would like to see your solution for taking the pressure off the casters.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 153 days ago

Great idea and it looks awesome!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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nomercadies

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#12 posted 153 days ago

I threw together some ideas on wheels and castors.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/54942

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 153 days ago

Thanks Mauricio.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Roger

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#14 posted 153 days ago

Dy-no-mite!!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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