|Project by swamps42||posted 06-21-2011 02:17 PM||2752 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Somehow over the past couple months I’ve ended up with as many mini lathes. Not that I’m complaining at all, but they needed a place to live. I’d rather rapidly taken over the entire table top in guy pal’s garage. Given that my tools and I will be moving to our own garage in a few months, I decided it was time to start worrying about bench space to call my own.
I didn’t draw out any plans for this, but rather just started working from what I saw in my head. Guy pal had to help a bit with the heavy lifting and screwing it together. Somethings I’m just not strong enough for, and it makes me crazy! We did get the main table piece built. It is incredibly sturdy. I’m going to add cupboard doors, a drawer or two for chucks, and possibly another shelf or box to keep the blanks and pen bits organized.
I designed the table with space to grow. There is plenty of room to mount a grinder when I get one on the end, and there’s space for oodles more chisels. I’d really like to get a 1/16th of an inch parting tool and eventually some hollow form tools. I’ve got to pay off the scroll saw, build my house, and get good enough with the lathe bits I do have first to justify that though!
The lathes you see on the table are the Harbor Freight 8×12” lathe and an ancient, although still new in the box to me, Dremel brand lathe that a friend of my mother’s gave me for my birthday.
I also plan to add wheels to the sides of the legs under the chisels. This way, I can lift one side of the table and move it all by myself and the wheels hidden under the chisels won’t be a tripping hazard. I’m already looking forward to getting the cupboards and drawers done because I hate cleaning out all the woodchips from under there!
-- -Kim, Peyton, CO