Lathe Station

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-27-2011 11:50 PM 3368 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my new lathe station where I can keep most of my lathe equipment in one place. The old lathe stand was rickety with a big log on it and the drawer suspension broke on one side and helped me make the decision to build this new one. I had been thinking about it on paper for while and wanted to get a lot of stuff incorporated in there. I welded the frame to fit the lathe and was drawing out the lower case with 4 wooden drawers to put inside the frame for storage. Then I went to Employee Sales at Steelcase and they had these roll around peds with 2 drawers each, full travel ball bearing suspensions and locks. They were only $15 each and 15” wide. I had to fill 46” so I bought 3 of them and fitted the drawers and frame with oak trim. The metal drawers had flush pulls which are too hard for me to open so I bought some black wrought iron pulls that you can easily get your hand into. I added a switch to the right front of the lathe so I can kill the power if the piece decides it wants to fly out and I don’t want to get in its way to shut off the power. I had to use it once yesterday!!
Then I got ahead of my self. I did not show the picture here, but I welded this neat grinder stand for my Delta grinder I use for sharpening and had it bolted at just the right height on the back of the frame. It has a place for all the tool grinding fixtures and the diamond wheel dresser. What was I thinking???..The boring bar is right in that area for hollowing. The grinder got moved to the wall.
The last item was a self contained light that goes with the lathe. I wanted it to travel along the length of the lathe so I can position it anywhere. I put it on 2 rails made from 3/4” conduit.The first try had two goose necks from lights I bought at the resale shop. I hooked them together to get the needed height but the weight of the light caused it to droop and I did not want it dropping on a spinning piece in the lathe , So I used one flexible goose neck and a wooden stand with a lamp pipe in the center so I can really tighten it up.
It really works neat. I love it. the last improvement will be to replace that light bulb with a multi-LED bulb with a standard bulb base. It is a real joy to have all the tools, safety equipment, measuring equipment, polishing supplies and a bunch of jam chucks right in front of me! !I just have to remember which drawer they are in.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 11:58 PM

Nice job. That should last for a long time. I really like that sliding lamp setup.

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 01:05 AM

Great job Jim. I think I need to go with you to the employee sale one of these times. lol

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 01:13 AM

Very fancy….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 03:35 AM

Very nice work…..and thanks for reminding me that I need a bigger lathe.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 04:05 AM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 05:37 AM

that is a nice looking stand you build ther and full of good ideas and a very frugal way to build
nice to have some weight under that lathe and everything organized in drawers
great job !!
I like it


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 06:23 AM

Jim, This is one impressive Lathe stand…. A whole bunch of storage! I like the switch too.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 02:17 PM

very nice lathe table. I really like the sliding light addition. great idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 04:05 PM

Very nice and solid! Looks great. Should last for many yrs!

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

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#10 posted 05-28-2011 05:59 PM

That looks like every turners dream stand.
All in place, all arround, and you can even move it out in the sun.
What a wonderful place to be standing.
Great job on that one dear Jim.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 02:40 AM

Nice one.

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

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#12 posted 05-31-2011 03:00 PM

Hi Jim, glad you have managed to get your lathe station completed. Very impressive, now you have enough storage for all your turning tools and accessories. The rail for the light is an excellent idea.

Thanks for sharing these good ideas Jim.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#13 posted 06-02-2011 07:08 AM

This is great! Thanks for sharing. I love the use of the file cabinets and the incognito effect! Nice job.


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#14 posted 06-27-2012 05:51 AM

I like the light system.
Good design and execution.

-- Quicksilver

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