Lathe Stand

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Project by Darell posted 10-15-2009 09:50 PM 7494 views 41 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this lathe stand from the plans in Shopnotes #67. I followed their plan and dimensions except for adding the two deep drawers on the left side rather than have open shelving to collect dust. The case is made from 3/4” MDF. For the drawers I used up all the 1/2” plywood I had laying around, then used poplar for the drawer fronts, door frame and trim around the bench top. All drawers ride on full extension drawer slides while the cabinet rolls on four 3” heavy duty swivel castors. There are adjustable levelors on each corner to raise it off the floor and keep it steady during use. The two shallow drawers on the upper right are for keeping turning chisels handy. They are bottomless so that chips fall through to the floor. I’ll have to figure out something else if (when) I get longer handled chisels in the future. I plan to mount my slow speed grinder and Wolverine system on this stand to make it handy for sharpening. Since I had a quart of Deft Satin in the cabinet I decided to use it up and finished this stand with three coats of Deft on the case and 4 coats on the top. Thank God for resperators! I had forgotten why I quit using that stuff. The drawers will give me plenty of storage for turning supplies and blanks. I think this will work out great for me.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 10-15-2009 09:52 PM

Nice work Darrell

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 09:55 PM

nice work, when did you get the rikon? Did you ever get than old craftsman running that was your dads? Thats a nice lathe btw. my next big tool purchase will be a lathe or band saw maybe, or atleast i can dream about it.

-- Got Wood?

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 10:10 PM

Thanks Jim and Joe. Joe, I bought the lathe last June when Woodcraft had them on sale. I still have dads old lathe. I need to get the keyway along the bottom of the tube secured, replace the bearings and find a new tool rest holder. It works but it’s not safe having to drive a wedge under the tool rest holder to keep it steady.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#4 posted 10-15-2009 10:16 PM

That’s a beautiful piece. I especially like the drawer for the chisels. A great addition to any shop. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 10:17 PM

very nice this looks far better than any bought base.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 10-15-2009 10:33 PM

Great job. Looks very nice. How do you like that Rikon lathe?

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 10-15-2009 10:47 PM

Wow, I love this. Much better than mine.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 10-15-2009 10:58 PM

Good job Darell. Do you like the Rikon?
I am thinking of getting a lathe again. I have a DC motor and would like to use it instead of an AC. Wish I could find a mini w/o a motor.

-- jstegall

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#9 posted 10-15-2009 11:03 PM

Nice work

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#10 posted 10-15-2009 11:40 PM

Yep – looks like this fine cabinet will serve you for many years, well done.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#11 posted 10-15-2009 11:42 PM

Greetings Darell,

I was impressed and admired your shop when you posted some three months ago—my, how time can fly right by!

Now, that’s a stand/cabinet I would undertake for my own. August Home Publishing has done a careful and wonderful job of presenting real-world projects in a manner I can understand—the first time!
ShopNotes is an all-out informative and inspirational treat.

I’m determined to use more poplar; easy and responsive. Though I know staining can be tricky.

In a current world of published plans calling for 5” casters everywhere, how are those three-inchers working for you?

Some time down the road you’ll have to give us a long-term, pro/con report on this lathe of yours.

Finally, how’s that handsome, long-eared buddy of yours doin’?

Warm regards,

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#12 posted 10-15-2009 11:42 PM

When I ever get a lathe, I’m copying this!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 10-16-2009 12:04 AM

I’m with Charlie.
When I get a lathe, I’m copying this.
(OK, I’ll try to make one this nice!)

Nice Job Darell.
Now let those chips fly !!!

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#14 posted 10-16-2009 12:17 AM

Darell, That’s one nice cabinet for your lathe. I love the drawer for your turning tools. That’s a great idea. I’m sure that will be a pleasure to work with.

-- John @

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#15 posted 10-16-2009 01:27 AM

Darell, you have made yourself a very nice cabinet. I also like the drawer for the turning tools. I am planning on updating some of my took bases and this is one of them.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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