|Project by mountainaxe||posted 04-22-2015 04:38 PM||24053 views||10 times favorited||10 comments|
I have a HF 12” lathe that a bought a while ago…it’s a nice piece of machinery, but I really haven’t done that much turning. In my small shop, it takes up a considerable amount of real estate. I’ve been looking around for a method of storing it and saving space, while giving myself the opportunity to use it when the need arises.
I found a solution in a 1965 Popular Science magazine. They call it a 4-Way Workbench and it was appealing for several reasons. First, it provides a nice work/countertop surface; second, it stores the lathe, but leaves it accessible; third, it has a scrap bin built in that holds a lot of cutoffs and acts as a low mobile stand that also has the ability to clamp.
The overall plan is simple enough, but I found it eats up a lot of plywood because of the double thickness of many of the parts; I used four sheets of ¾” plywood from HD. It also calls for quite a bit of hardware…two long piano hinges and lots of strap hinges and casters. I also found that the pieces themselves are extremely heavy which made assembly a real challenge. I could easily have used help, especially in securing the lathe to the bench.
Took me about two weeks working off and on to complete…the final product is better that I hoped for. It takes up minimal floor space, gives me additional work space/storage, hides the lathe, and gets all my cutoffs off the floor…and it looks good. There is absolutely no vibration when running the lathe, which was a worry. The only downside is that it takes some muscle to lever the lathe up and down…mainly because the motor and lathe is one unit. This is a great and fairly easy project…I’d recommend it to those who have small shops and are only occasional turners.
-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."