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I have since removed the cabinet and replaced it with 500 lbs of sand. The weight sure has tamed this lathe down.
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#1 posted 01-16-2008 05:05 AM
I like the cabinet idea. What did you end up doing with it?
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#2 posted 01-16-2008 05:05 AM
Yea , you can’t beat the weight especially if you turn any weight. Least ye be walking all over hell. mike
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#3 posted 01-16-2008 05:07 AM
500 Pounds is quite a lot of weight! I bet it doesn’t move around now.
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#4 posted 01-16-2008 06:16 AM
I set the cabinet to the side and mounted my sharpener on the top. The weight made all the difference. I’ve been turning small slabs of firewood lately. We had a large Hemlock blow over in the yard. Without the weight it was just impossabile. My little Harbor Freight ($50) lathe is kind of light but it’s been a great investment so far. Hope to move up to something bigger soon
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#5 posted 01-16-2008 10:12 AM
Good idea adding the weight – WOW 500 lbs. Hope the stand can stand it.
-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/
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#6 posted 01-16-2008 11:51 AM
That mass ought to steady it like a rock!
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#7 posted 01-16-2008 02:03 PM
I”m thinking of doing the same, except put the sand in the base of the cabinet.
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#8 posted 01-16-2008 04:04 PM
Wow, you got a lathe for $50! Was it new or used?
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#9 posted 01-17-2008 12:13 AM
Relic: That sounds smarter than the tubes I have hanging over the bed. I did make a plywood platform to set the sand on. They hang over and make a nice place to rest on when turning. Also the sand lays against the wall and this helps. The wall does vibrate some in the worst cases. I wish I could have left the cabinet there and added the weight some other way. My shop is so small 25×25.
Chris: I bought the lathe there in Everett at a garage sale. It had never been assembled and was still in the box. Not new but not used either.
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#10 posted 01-19-2008 01:57 PM
Hi Sedalia That is a good looking set of drawers. Gets me to pondering on my needs. Perhaps you could cut 4 more pieces of metal stock angle iron and drill a few holes and put another set of supports maybe a couple inches under the ones that are there. Might not be enough room for 500 pounds of sand, but ought to be enough for a good bit of lead. Tire shops usually keep old wheel weights and let them go cheap or free (depending on your patronage). Maybe find a group of scuba divers(or serious gun club enthusiasts) in your area – I’ll almost bet one will have a smelter and lead molds. I have over 400 pounds of lead in dive weight form – 3-6-9 pound sizes. All told they fit in 2 5 gallon buckets with room to spare so dimensionally might work for your need.
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#11 posted 11-24-2009 12:08 AM
I am considering doing a similar lathe tool cabinet, but with sand or concrete where the bottom level of drawers is on this one…. 500LBS is a LOT of extra weight for the stand on these lathes… Maybe too much…
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#12 posted 11-24-2009 01:42 AM
Thank you folks for all the nice comments. I apologise for not replying sooner. I found that the Harbor Freight lathe was too light. I replaced the cabinet in the bottom with cement pavers. I then built a second cabinet to fit below the first. My sharpener setup sits on top. I have since replaced the lathe with a Powermatic. I don’t regret buying the cheaper lathe, it was a good way to get my feet wet. Best thing I did was to join the local chapter of American Assoc of Woodturners. They are a great source for materials to turn and instruction.
A Very Merry Christmas to you all!
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#13 posted 06-23-2011 12:58 PM
Nice tool cabinet. But I know what you mean about needing weight for big pieces. That 500 # ought to plant it solid. I wanted to do that , but I have to move mine around to get stuff in and out of the barn.I was wondering if that was a HF lathe.For only $50?? What a deal!! I have a mini from them and it works pretty good! It was $120 on sale.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!
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