Mini-lathe mobile cabinet

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Project by vrice posted 09-25-2015 09:30 PM 6483 views 15 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that’s been on my list for way too long. A friend gave me his mini-lathe almost 8 years ago. It has been sitting under some shelves, covered up all this time. I created this cabinet so I could easily get at this thing and start using it. A project I am considering needs some turned finials, which prompted me to get this done.
This is a design based on a Shopnotes design I saw MANY years ago (early 2000s). I do not recall the issue. The Sketchup model for this can be found here.
Importantly for my shop this thing is mobile, on casters. To lock it down for turning purposes I added 4 leg levelers as shown in one of the pics.
The table top width can accommodate the extension to the lathe should I ever get one. In the mean time I put my bench-top grinder in that spot. The top consists of 3 layers of 3/4” MDF, with the pine trim.
The case is all 3/4” MDF. Everything else is simple clear pine from Home Depot. The only exceptions are the drawer inserts that have the notches for the tool holders. I did not want these to loosen up due to removing and inserting the tool holders. So I made these slot inserts out of hard maple. As I add new tools I will be removing and modifying the tool holder pieces. Yeah this probably won’t happen a lot, but I had some scrap hard maple just right for this.

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 12:07 AM

this looks really pro! nice work

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 03:16 AM

Great work on the cabinet. I like the arrangement of the drawers, the shallow ones on top then the tool holders below that.


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#3 posted 09-26-2015 07:30 AM

Wow that looks great.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 10:26 AM

Nice lathe stand, absolutely LOVE the tool holder tray / drawer. Nice it won’t get filled with shavings, that was clever. just wait, you will be adding tools as you get into turning, it’s addicting. maybe something for hollow forms, another scraper… Enjoy, compliments.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 12:41 PM

Well done. Having everything you need for a certain task in one location makes getting things done a lot easier.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#6 posted 09-27-2015 02:05 PM

Thanks all for the comments. Looking forward to some turning!!

-- Vic Rice

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