Bench for my mini-lathe

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Project by Paul Jenkins posted 02-12-2015 05:37 AM 1152 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I painted the garage floor which meant everything left the garage, certain cupboards were rearranged and the ‘bench’ that they formed was no longer there so the mini-lathe didn’t have a home. This wasn’t the worst case scenario, as the height was all wrong before and now its perfect.

I wanted something that looked a bit prettier than the standard 4-legs-and-rail-in-2×4-with-mdf/replaceable-top. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I’ll probably build one of those for the bench sander or whatever goes next to the mini lathe. I just wanted to do something a bit different for me.

Now, I know some people are going to chant ‘but what about the mass?!’. This is our secondary lathe, specifically for spindles and more often than not, small spindles. It deals with stuff mostly already round or very square anyway, so the balance isn’t an issue. Secondly, if it becomes an issue, the “shelf” formed by the two stretchers will let me easily add something like a cabinet/drawers to fill it with stuff – that was part of the design consideration, for now I’ll probably add some very basic shelving to store wood.

Currently that A4 (“letter” for you crazy americans) document holder has a bunch of pen blanks, and some mango on top of it.

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 07:06 PM

Hello Paul

Welcome to LJ’s

Nice work for this stand lathe

I’m interested fwith your clamps stand

Do you have more pictures ?

Thanks for sharing

I like his structure

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 08:27 PM

I don’t have any on hand, I’ll try and get out there and take a few photos today.

The basics of it are two a-frames with a gusset at the top to hold them together, and various notched out stretchers for the clamps to sit in, with a MDF (scrap) platform on the base that allows me to put glue bottles on. The back side isn’t notched out, but my sash clamps can run grab onto the stretchers on that side. All of it sits on casters, so I guess its more a mobile-assembly cart than just clamps!

I made that one before I’d built my first cross cut sled, so notches aren’t particularly well spaced, however, its really holding up well surprisingly!

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 10:36 PM

That is a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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