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Project by muesli posted 05-16-2014 04:33 PM 1275 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, I bought a used wood-lathe. Here is the stand, I built for it. I already had some bords and two parts of an old sliding door. For the frame my choice was laminated spruce (4×8 cm and 6×8 cm), which I got for an acceptable price. I learned a lot for and by doing this project . Knowing the dimensions of the laminated wood, I started with sketchup (really helpful for me), made my very first handmade mortices, first tenons and also first halflap joints, which I glued and screwed. I am never 100% satisfied with the results of my work, really never, but this stand came out square, rocksolid, and heavy which was all I wanted. If it’s not heavy enough, I have the option to place boxes with sand on the lower bord. The xxl-casters had a good price and guarantee mobility in my small shop. Bonus for me is the possibility to use the lathe outside. So over all, I am relatively pleased and look forward to build of a new-fangled-workbench.

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 05:09 PM

Great idea. Nice job and congratulations. Stay tuned for the lathe results.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 05:31 PM

Good looking Stand, looks heavy. Nice job..

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#3 posted 05-17-2014 12:26 AM

Nice Job. Thanks For Posting.

-- IMPOTENCE: Mother Nature's way of saying .."No Hard Feelings."

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 07:13 AM

mobility stability
simple idea

-- shuja

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 09:07 AM

Thats one impressive build on the stand,very neat precise joints, and the wheel mechs most impressive.

I think Howard Hughes could have used you when he built the “Spruce Goose”

I will be looking forward to seeing some turning results.

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 05-17-2014 03:25 PM

Thanks a lot to all of you for your kind words!

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#7 posted 05-18-2014 05:17 AM

Looks great. Very sturdy. :-)
Where did you get the casters from?

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 05-18-2014 11:41 AM

Hi NiteWalker,

I am living in Germany and bought them at a local dealer. He also sells via web, but I think, postage to you would be quite expensive, because the casters are really heavy.

Edit: what are those simple cases made for?

@robscastle: but 4 casters would easily support two “Spruce Goose”! :D

best regards


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#9 posted 11-28-2014 08:42 PM

Very nice. All a person could hope for is to fill the list of things it must accomplish. I look forward to following you when you get to build your bench. You can check out my build here if you like…

-- Chris, Charlottetown, PEI. I Gotsta Know, Is It Loaded?

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#10 posted 11-30-2014 11:59 AM

Hi Thorreain,

I’ve seen your comment just randomly. My recent “workbench” is more or less an old kitchentable, which I got from my mother many years ago. But I am 56 now and the bench is much to low for my back and my eyes. The next one has to be higher, more sturdy, versatile but also cheap. That’s why I am planning a John-White-bench. I am no real woodworker (but I am trying to become better), maybe a relatively good diy-allrounder and I think, that model will fit my needs. If not, planning and building the next one can be fun too. :)

Of course I saw your bench. THE bench is perfect. Maybe my following bench would have a footprint like yours, but Pauls/Shipwright wedgevises and Kiefers/Klaus Legvise.

Thanks a lot and best regards


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