The wife's lathe stand

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Project by jPell posted 02-06-2011 09:41 PM 9508 views 18 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first project upload here on LumberJocks (great site by the way). A lathe stand that I built for my wife’s new Delta 46-460 lathe. The Delta stands that are made for this lathe were oversold and on backorder until the middle of Feb. so I decided to just build one. The legs and feet are Douglas Fir and the cross member/tool rack is W. Red Cedar, all with mortis and tenon joints. I wanted the feet to be as low to the floor as possible, so I recessed the wheels and built a cam wheel lift do-hickey for the other end. Topped it off with a few coats of shellac (which I’m not totally psyched about. I just wanted a quick finish and I have yet to apply an only shellac (brushed) finish so I decided this would be the perfect opportunity.), mounted the lathe and now she’s ready for business… and off my bench :) All in all, I’m pretty happy with the way this came out. I may end up building my other shop “furniture” to match this. I think it would make for a pretty nice theme.

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 10:31 PM

Nice work, I like the hidden wheels and the cam. Looks pretty stable. What did you use to hold the wheels in?

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 11:45 PM

Hey. this is nice work. on the other hand I would be worried about the lathe tilting over if an off-balance piece is chucked on. I use an ” A ” frame base with added weight . be careful, still nice work. John

-- retired and smiling

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 11:50 PM

Great looking lathe stand. My lathe stand was made from laminated beams and catch way too much dust & shavings. Your stand looks great, my new one will look a lot like it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 12:18 AM

Love the craftsmanship but had the same concern as John.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 12:33 AM

You’d be surprised. It is actually very stable. Even up on the swivel caster, the feet don’t come up off the floor very high. I made it slightly wider than the Delta stand because I was slightly worried about the same thing. Having played around with it… I don’t have a worry at all. You’d have to have a piece severely out of balance for it to topple over. If that was the case, it would be walking off the bench and would need to be addressed anyways. I guess I’ll have to take a little more care in prepping the piece before chucking it up. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 03:25 AM

Z… Just screwed them to the bottom of the pockets.

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 06:23 AM

Nice work on that!!

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

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 04:18 PM

Awesome! I’d be interested in some more detail about the wheel/lift pedal that is on it.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 04:30 PM

That looks great. It’s a very nice job and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 07:49 PM

For the wheel lifting thingy, I just pretty much copied the one that’s on my Grizzly jointer as well as a Delta base that my table saw sits on. I could have just bought one… but… after seeing how the stand was coming out, I didn’t want to hang a chunk of metal off the end of it. I’ll be making another one for the base that my planer sits on. I’ll post it as a project and include photos for those who are interested.

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