Trestle Lathe Stand

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Project by woodcox posted 01-20-2015 05:14 PM 2635 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for the lathe I didn’t have yet, an import green one. I took some rough dimensions of the lathe while window shopping. I probably should have waited because it’s a little short for a comfortable turning height, I may have to add some shoes to the feet. I had the feet and legs roughed out already from a cancelled sharpening station. A large knot altered mortise locations so the top is not centered on the trestles but, doing that gave me a few more inches away from the wall. I draw bored the feet, which is always good fun, top is lag bolted on. This was a fun, quick project that made use of most stuff on hand. I did have to find a 2×12 for the ballast shelf. Thanks for looking!
A few more build pics… Oh and some shellac for color.

Douglas fir, kind of old for the home store.

Bandsaw skills improving:)

My first angled tenons.

My minion on break.

My first turning.

Totally worth it!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 06:45 PM

Very nice, good job.
Your daughter is extremely cute.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 07:06 PM

Thanks Bertrand! I like your lathe set up too.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 07:26 PM

“My god has more wood than your god”
My God owns all the wood.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 07:29 PM

Looks great Dub-C! Man when you posted the pics on the SOTS thread I kept thinking it looked kinda small, but now I realize I had forgotten how beast-ish your bench is! Nice finish on that bad boy too. Well done man.


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#5 posted 01-21-2015 12:09 AM

That is really nice.
I like it a lot. I had never thought of a lathe bench like this.
Thanks for the insight.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-21-2015 02:25 AM

Really nice job and a happy customer/minion. On break, too funny.

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#7 posted 01-21-2015 03:59 AM

That looks great; you could take your lathe off of it and put it in your living room!

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Rick M.

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#8 posted 01-21-2015 06:32 AM

I dig it. Nice and beefy stand.


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#9 posted 01-21-2015 11:29 AM

Great work, WC. It’s a beautiful piece.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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Greg Guarino

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#10 posted 01-21-2015 12:36 PM

I wish that guys like you would stop making shop fixtures that look nicer than my furniture. :)


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#11 posted 07-31-2015 06:16 PM

Not only is it beefy , , but so easy on the eye ,, Artistic almost.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 07-31-2015 07:08 PM

Hmm … just got around to this and its a killer lathe stand. Cute little minion ya got there too. Don’t let her turn you into a frog with that wand. Then id be forced to throw you in the air until you burst.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#13 posted 10-13-2016 12:48 AM

Hi all,
I’m wanting to build this trestle lathe stand but I haven’t found any plans for it, if they exist.
Any help on dimensions, plans, drawings, etc. appreciated.


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#14 posted 10-13-2016 06:54 PM

I was kinda expecting at least one comment by now but looks like I may be in the wrong forum. I’m just a disabled guy who always wanted to learn how to turn wood and just got a 10×18 lathe from Grizzly since I needed a new hobby to keep my sanity. Now I need a stand to put it on before I can use it. Well, I guess I’ll be finding a busier forum to post in. No need to post. I won’t be back to read it anyway. Thanks


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