Lathe stand

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Project by MrWoody posted 02-02-2008 05:07 PM 13284 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing #74. I decided I needed to make a better lathe stand.
Maybe I went a little over the top?
For Odie: 60”W X 31.75”W X 16”D

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#1 posted 02-02-2008 05:33 PM

Very Nice. Did you put any balast in the stand or is it heavy enough on its own. This is one project on my list. I bought a lathe from a friend who got a Powermatic(lucky s.o.b.) anyway the one I got was made for midgets so I was thinking of doing this exact job. Thanks for the inspiration and welcome to Lumberjocks!!

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#2 posted 02-02-2008 06:11 PM

The plans came from a recent issue of Wood magazine, except for the cabinet underneath.
The top and legs are 2 pieces of 3/4” MDF sandwiched between 2 pieces of 1/4” tempered harboard (Masonite). So the stand is very heavy, but there is a 6” X 6” X length box under the cabinet with approximately 60 lbs. of sand.
I haven’t used the lathe since I built it (soon), but my guess is that there will no vibration.
The stand and lathe combo are extremely heavy !

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-02-2008 06:12 PM

This is a nice stand. I am sure that you needed a break after working on all those train replicas.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-05-2008 11:14 PM

Gorgeous work. I’ve got my mind set on a lathe stand, as my Rikon is now on my workbench, which is jsut about 4 inches too high for my neck and shoulder comfort. Your’s looks terrific. I’m thinking of adapting the latest plans from Wood magazine to add a drawer and solid back/sides. Their plans call for pegboard, but I’m not a fan for case work. I’d prefer to put flat panels in.

Great work.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#5 posted 02-05-2008 11:56 PM

Nice stand. Looks like a lot of storage also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 02-15-2008 07:00 PM

I missed this the first go ‘round.

Over the top? Heck yeah, but so what? It’s gorgeous! I especially love the pulls.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-30-2008 07:51 PM

Very well thought out design, functional and outstanding looks.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 08-29-2009 10:36 PM

Hey MrWoody,
Just wondering what issue of Wood was this Stand from? I really like the stand and just bought a Delta Lathe. I used to have a Harbor Frieght Lathe but the movers broke it when I moved from NC to CT. The lathe was also mounted on couple of saw horses. Time to move up int he world…...

-- Eric Florida

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#9 posted 08-29-2009 11:15 PM

looking good nice work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 08-30-2009 02:27 PM

Eric; The plans are from Shop Notes Vol. 2 Issue 10. Not Wood mag as previously stated.
The cabinet under the drawers is my idea. I didn’t bother with the sand. This thing doesn’t move.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 07-07-2010 05:33 PM

That stand is a very nice peice of furniture and a good heavy stand with a 6×6 and 60# of sand under it. What is the height of the centerline of the lathe from the floor with the stand?

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

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#12 posted 07-07-2010 06:16 PM

I can’t remeber the exact height, but it was at my elbow.
It was adjusted by the length of the side pieces. It is now a bit too high for my new lathe.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#13 posted 06-04-2011 05:31 PM

Beautiful lathe stand, a lot better than mine, the legs are 1/4” wall 3”X3” square steel tubing. The one
big difference is I put 3/4” spacer under the attachment points on the ends of the lathe so I could
reach under the bed easy when changing accessories. Have fun with the new lathe.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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