New "Antique" Lathe Stand

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Project by scottb posted 1495 days ago 3752 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After their previous life as a flight of basement stairs, (Pine stringers and an oak support post – circa 1880) and (what I think is) the bed of a book press similar to this:

They will now live on (beautifully) as my new lathe stand! Handcut mortise and wedged tenons, 5 degree splayed legs. This stand is rock solid, and allows me to work at it very comfortably. My old stand, while heavy (and a huge dust collector) didn’t really quite work for me. But as my projects show, I didn’t let that stop me.

My daughter gave me the idea to use the book press bed as the top. The rails from the top come from one piece, the feet come from a second one I have. My Grandfather used to work at a book bindery, and has some cool relics that he passed on… with the proverbial ” can you use this for something?” I always said yes, though I typically had no idea what yet. Sometimes I think he overestimates my creativity. I’ve long thought my daughter was already more creative than me. Ah kids. Anyhow, he also gave me most of the bits of a book sewing press – to turn into a table or some such.

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-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 1495 days ago

Not bad, nice reuse of materials.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 1495 days ago

Very nice. I have a similar lathe, and if I could afford to not have it movable, I’d try something similar, without, of course, such a unique top. As stated above, great use of recycled materials.

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#3 posted 1495 days ago

Thats the idea Scott, save it from the firewood stack.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 1495 days ago

It ended up as a very sturdy looking stand.

It was nice leaving the clevis clamp element from the old tool.

It will be a great conversation piece for anyone who looks at it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 1489 days ago

Great project .. I’ve been following your blog … beautiful material and super results

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 1489 days ago

Excellent job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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