My folding lathe stand

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Project by drewnahant posted 1598 days ago 2464 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There has been a benchtop lathe sitting under the workbench since my father bought it in 1986, and it never gets used because it is such a hassle to get it out and set it up, plus i’ve never wanted to put the mounting holes in my bench so when i do used it it gets only a few woodscrews, and vibrates like crazy. So I finally decided to build a stand for it. problem is, I dont have any floor space left for it, except for a small space behind my table saw, where my scrap pile has always been, and the lathe is too tall to go behind the table saw. So I designed this stand, the lathe can flip down, and then I have a stand for my outfeed roller too. I hope you all approve of my design, it works well for me, and im getting far more use for my lathe than ever before.

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#1 posted 1598 days ago

That is slick! Nice move!

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#2 posted 1598 days ago

I have the same lathe and had the same problems. I ended up mounting it to another table I had in my shop and it helped some. I also added some hardware so I can do more with it. I love the design you came up with for the top. Really cool design! Well done, and I hope you can put it to good use. Good luck!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 1598 days ago

Thanks for showing me the way. I have been wrestling with how to do something similarly with my lathe.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#4 posted 1597 days ago

Looks like a good idea to me.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 1597 days ago

Super Idea

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1597 days ago

Looks good to me!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 1597 days ago

You have a folding lathe? Cool.

Seriously, that looks like a great multi-use stand. I only fire up my lathe so rarely that it does get in the way. I have mine on one side of a roll around cart and have my grinder and scroll saw on the other side. It is pushed up against the wall. The grinder side is almost always pointing out.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 1597 days ago

looks like it works for you. If you rarely use a lathe that is a great way to store it.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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Rick George

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#9 posted 1596 days ago

Awsome! I have the same problem you had. Thanks for the idea.

-- Rick

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