Lathe Stand

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Project by Jim posted 11-28-2015 11:19 PM 1502 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok I know it’s only exciting for me but my latest project is done. It’s a new custom stand for my lathe. It has a few really cool features and the entire unit is hand made except for the 4 heavy duty casters. Everything else is designed and built from scratch, even the drawer runners.

The stand is the exact height for me to use the lathe plus tons of storage. There are two special drawers on the right, a large one for my routers to sit upright and a slim drawer just for my lathe tools in a handy position right under the lathe. This will be home to some of my smaller lathe tools as well as diamond sharpening stones.

I decided to try my hand at hand made drawer runners which is seriously Old School! These hardwood (birch) runners were an experiment but since this was a shop project it was a good opportunity to try these instead of the store bought metal slides. I wasn’t sure how well they would work but I’m thrilled with them. They glide like silk on the waxed runners.

The stand is made from 3/4” baltic birch but on the top I added a 1/2” MDF layer which is designed to be very easily replacable. You simply remove the screws, throw on a new top and it’s good to go.

The whole thing is sealed with shelac because it too is easily repaired.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 11-29-2015 12:33 AM

Nice looking job there Jim, looks like you’re all set to spend many a happy hour “playing” :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 11-29-2015 12:39 AM

Nice build, enjoy it!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 01:51 AM

Really nice.I like the use of the drawer runners and pulls.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 02:43 AM

Looks like a handy set up Jim, enjoy. Good place to live, all those tool stores in Langley.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 02:51 AM

Nice lathe station, Jim. Great storage area, too!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 02:59 AM

Nice looking and really functional looking.
Something I need to do badly. Bookmarking this for future reference.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 03:08 AM

Great looking lathe stand, Jim! You’ve every right to be excited. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 11-29-2015 03:11 AM

Looks good Jim. Well thought out.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 11-29-2015 03:22 PM

I love it , great work. We have to remind ourselves from time to time that we can use what we have or make it. I am sometimes guilty of this very thing, buying slides for example. Yours are free so to speak and work as well as big box stores. Save $$$$$$ . I just made a cabinet for under my new table saw with mostly scraps like you did.
Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 11-29-2015 03:50 PM

That is a great looking lathe stand. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 11-29-2015 08:01 PM

It is a good looking cabinet.

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