New Digs for my Lathe

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Project by billculpepper posted 12-30-2010 08:51 PM 2830 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

March 2010, my brother scores a mini lathe at an auction and gives it to me for my birthday with the phrase “here’s something you’ll never buy yourself…”.

WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH A LATHE?!!! So I go on the internet and watch videos and find you fine people here at lumberjocks…then I make a pen…and another…and then a bowl…now I have a choice to make. I can either shoot my brother and check myself into Betty Ford because I am hopelessly addicted to woodworking, or I can buy a bigger lathe and build a shop. I opted for choice #2, as I still like my brother.

Lathe stand legs and top are several sheets of particle ply sandwiched in hardboard and trimmed in maple. It is HEAVY. No sandbags needed here. I decided to build several riser blocks so I can reach under the lathe stand when I drop items and to clean (and to slide the occasional tool). First time ever doing “flat work” and I got LUCKY on the drawers, they are actually square and work! MIRACLE! I am still organizing my shop so I made “temporary” caster boards so I can move the lathe. Moves fairly easy. I will want to remove once the shop is situated as I designed the stand to be at the correct height for me (lets just say I’m vertically challenged) and I didn’t figure in the extra wheel height.

I also LOVE the DVR lathe. No more belt switching, reverse mode for sanding and I’ll swing in the DC, head swings out for easier access to inside bowls and large turnings.

Thanks for looking and thanks for all the great tips and suggestions you guys and gals put out here. What an encouraging bunch of folks. Here’s to a great 2011.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 09:57 PM

Very nice! Looks great and very solid.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 10:10 PM

Nice lathe stand. Looks pretty solid. Glad you like the Nova DVR lathe. That’s the one I’m saving up for to replace my Rikon. I’ve been hoping to run across someone who had one so I could mine them for information on the lathe. Have you found anything you don’t like about it? From everything I’ve read and watched online it fits what I need and will mount on the lathe stand I made last year.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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Don Johnson

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 10:29 PM

In case it may be relevant, at a recent woodturning club meeting, our speaker warned about chucks unscrewing during heavy reverse sanding operations if the chuck does not have a suitable locking device to prevent such occurrences.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 11:08 PM

Don: Yes, my chucks have a threaded bolt (allen wrench) locking device that I engage as a standard of practice. I have noticed no issues with slipping.

Darell: As I’ve only used the Jet mini lathe and this DVR, I’m not sure I can give a great deal of input on the DVR vs others. At a woodturning class in September I heard the woodcraft store owner tell our instructor “your favorite lathe is going on sale next month”. Our instructor has been woodturning as a career his whole life and so I decided to put some stock in the comment. I have been very, very pleased.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 12:13 AM

That’s good to know. I’ve heard one of our turning club’s members has one. I’m going to try and talk to him at our next meeting. BTW, I was born and raised in Anderson, not far from you. Don’t miss the Indiana winters but I sure do miss the changing of the seasons. Down here it’s brown and green and that’s it. LOL

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 01:39 AM

Nice solid base. However, don’t underestimate the ability of an out-of-balance tree section to make even the heaviest stand jump around. If at all possible, attach it to something. (Guess how I know?)

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 06:39 PM

Nice looking table. when I go to rip out the counter on my back wall (which my lathe is currently bolted to), I’ll be plagerizing a few ideas here :-)

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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Jiri Parkman

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#8 posted 01-10-2011 02:03 PM

Nice stand. I’m admiring the wheels.

-- Jiri

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