|Project by Notw||posted 09-13-2016 04:22 PM||1186 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
I have recently gotten into turning and gotten my first lathe (Turncrafter Commander 12in. variable speed lathe) and decided it needed its own bench in order to get it off of my workbench. The idea came from Shop Notes issue #67, I revised all of the dimensions to meet my space requirements.
The carcass is made out of 3/4” plywood, the top is made of 2 layers of 3/4” plywood and 1 layer of 1/4” MDF, the top also has a Pecan edging with Walnut plugs. Edging and the plugs were done to match the workbench top I have. The workbench edging is Poplar but Poplar has become expensive and I already had the Pecan on hand, it just needed to be milled down. The drawer is made of 1/2” MDF with a Pecan front, the doors are rail and stile shaker style with 1/4” MDF middle and Pecan rails and stiles. Door and drawer handles were made out of Walnut.
After completing everything I decided I didn’t like the look of the end of the plywood next to the pecan doors and drawer front so I went back and thin cut some strips of Pecan and glued them over the edges for edge banding, I think it cleans the look up a lot. Added some 3” casters to the bottom to keep it mobile and filled it with tools. The drawer is plenty big enough to keep my chucks and centers and my set of turning chisels. The bottom area will hold my grinder and a little bit of extra turning stock. Thanks for looking.