Lathe Stand Upgrade

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Project by TheDane posted 122 days ago 1630 views 17 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I built my lathe stand three years ago, it only had one drawer with an open deck below to store tool boxes and other miscellaneous tools.

I added a second drawer two years ago, which helped some, but the open deck below was just wasted space, and keeping tools, chucks, etc. in tool boxes wasn’t very efficient.

I built 4 new drawers (with full extension slides), enclosed the open frame of the stand, and added two bins with 200 pounds of sand below the drawers.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 122 days ago

Impressive Gerry…I really like your lathe tool rack on the back of your bench…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 122 days ago

Looks goof to me. I think I may copy it ;-) I was thinking about building a stand on castors.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 122 days ago

Wauuu that’s really lovely, all in its place and right where you need it, when you need it.
Nothing less than lovely.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 122 days ago

Thanks, Jeff, I think tools fare better if they are stored like this instead of laying in a drawer.

That is actually my second tool holder of that design. The original version …
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... has a new home over by the sharpening station. My most commonly used tools sleep in the one you see in these pix … the older, smaller version hosts scrapers and a few tools that I don’t use that often but still like to have handy.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 122 days ago

An excellent example of how turning tends to dominate over time.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#6 posted 122 days ago

I like it a lot.

I am very much like this, evolving always. I build something or setup something in the shop knowing I will learn about what I like and don’t like about it, and change it until it fits my needs.

Nice work, nice shop… is that a Saw stop in the back..

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 122 days ago

Top of the line! A Beautiful build, lots of well-organized storage. I like the sand bag compartment great for stability, should make for a very smooth turning Lath. Thanks for sharing

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 122 days ago

lookin so sweet.

.All tools at hand (at least for now)I thought I was unfortunate to not be able to raise my latest lathe to waist (?waste) level, so I had to keep it under the 37” saw bench height. Too low I thought, but bonus was I could visually align my tool rest with my ways in an instant. Chips don’t fly so far either

Ijust acquired an extension for my General maxi-lathe, still in box, gotta cogitate on how to implement it without sucking up more real-estate…? hinge it it off the end

Funny thing, I have an old beaver 36” lathe that would sit in the corner for 7 or 8 years at a time, tools gathering dust, but over the past year, the need for lathe work has dramatically increased in my woodbutchery practice. Im enjoying it while it lasts.

To everything there is a season
Turn turn turn…

Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#9 posted 121 days ago

I like what you have done Gerry. I have a lot of similar features on mine. Not as fancy as yours. Having your tools and accessories at hand is a great convenience.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#10 posted 121 days ago

Top notch!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#11 posted 121 days ago

Green with envy…very nice work! Do you have issues with the casters not locking, or your lathe moving while turning? I’m looking at some wheeled work benches myself, but am leery about lathe movement while turning.

-- --I live for sawdust.

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#12 posted 121 days ago

Excellent design and build—you really incorporated a lot of little, but very handy features. Obviously well thought out by an experienced turner.

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

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#13 posted 121 days ago

GreenfireLatheLady—The casters under the headstock lock (both the wheel and the swivel). The center casters are swivel, and the casters under the tailstock are fixed.

I buy my casters from Grizzly (the red Polyurethane casters are rated at 300 lbs each), and have never had an issue.

I added the bins with sand-bags to provide additional ballast /stability when turning larger off-center pieces. I had considered adding levelers, but don’t think I will need them. Plus, levelers might be a trip hazard.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 121 days ago

Your lathe appears to have grown over the last couple of years!

Your lathe box is along the lines of what I am considering. Any pointers on design / build on something like this that you would care to share?

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#15 posted 121 days ago

dbhost—The extension bed is a life/elbow saver. I can’t recall the last time I had to remove the tailstock to avoid violating Rule #1: Don’t get blood on the wood.

As for pointers … over-build it. The photos don’t do justice to the heft of the framework the stand was built on. I used Douglas Fir, milled from 2×12 lumber. It would have been cheaper/faster to use SPF 2×4, but not nearly as stable and strong.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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