|Project by vrice||posted 09-25-2015 09:30 PM||8342 views||16 times favorited||6 comments|
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