Lathe Stand Upgrade

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Project by TheDane posted 07-03-2015 02:33 AM 2023 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to add some mass to my new lathe, and provide a place to mount a power strip for accessories without doing any drilling/tapping in the cast iron.

The manufacturer’s cast iron legs have provisions for shelving between the legs under the lathe. I installed a pair of angle irons between the legs, and bolted a 3/4” plywood shelf to it. I added front and back cleats, and a plywood back and top, then stacked two 70-pound tubes of sand inside. Originally I planned to enclose the ends, but decided to leave them open for cleaning (like that ever happens!).

The lathe weighs in at around 520 pounds … not as heavy as a Robust or PowerMatic, but the addition of this enclosure should add to stability.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 04:26 AM

Very good the way you balanced the feet on the floor mats…

Wouldn’t the shelf for extra weight be better on the bottom shelf instead of the upper shelf?
By leaving the top shelf open, there would be more room to place things…
Just wondering…

Nice shop! Lathe!

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 12:00 PM

Nice modifications!! !!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-03-2015 12:23 PM

That’s a nice set up! Now go have some fun.

-- My reality check bounced...

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