|Project by ToddHolmDotCom||posted 04-30-2014 03:02 AM||3610 views||18 times favorited||21 comments|
So my sister-in-law has found herself in need of a hobby. I, of course, suggested wood turning because I find it to be fun, creative, and almost therapeutic at times. She is very interested and gave me the go ahead to start collecting the things she would need for the new hobby (she will reimburse me). Craig’s List yielded a Delta Mini/midi lathe for a negotiated price of $200 (someone left it in a rental property and after several months the property manager sold it, it looks like it have less than 10 hours of use on it). A cheap grinder from Harbor Freight (we will replace the grinding wheels) and I will let her get a start with my chisels until she decides what kind of turning she likes best and purchases her own. But all of this will require a decent workbench to go in her garage (which also houses a couple of cars most of the time, so it has to be compact and sturdy). But compact and sturdy usually also means spendy. I am trying to keep the sticker shock down so I decided that I would make her a bench out of salvaged lumber from pallets. I am very pleased with how it turned out. It has some serious weight to it. It should the legs are roughly 3X3 hardwood, the bench top itself is a little over 1.8 inches thick and 20X41. The aprons are a little over an inch and a half thick and five inches tall. It is all sealed with Waco Danish Oil. The only thing I am not crazy about is how close the grinder is to the tail of the lathe. It will fit but I think it will feel crammed. So I have decided to add an extension with a couple of pipe fittings where the grinder can sit. I just need to put the wheels on it now so she can lift one end and wheel the other. When I first made it I cut it to the same height as my lathe bench and then realized she is a good 6 inches shorter than me so I trimmed it down to her size.
I am quite pleased with it and I think I have less than $20 in it between glue and bolts. The wheels will add another $10 but a nice study hardwood bench for $30 is a bargain in my book.
-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."