|Project by Jim||posted 11-28-2015 11:19 PM||1540 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
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 --- www.sollows.ca