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Project by TheDane posted 08-13-2011 07:31 PM 3675 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I scored a great deal on a Delta 46-460 Midi Lathe a few weeks ago, and needed a stand for it. I decided to build a lathe/sanding station. Space considerations in my garage/shop dictate that everything must be on wheels, and where possible, I combine tools on a workstation (e.g. drill press and router table are mounted on a shop-built cart that has a ‘garage’ for tool cases and storage drawers).

What I came up with is 68” long cart that is 68” long, 31” high, and 17” deep. The lathe is bolted on one end, my V-Drum sander sits on the other end, and there is room below to store my belt/disk sander, oscillating spindle sander, a toolbox for lathe accessories, etc. It also has a drawer that is large enough to store chisels, gouges, scrapers, etc.

The cart is actually made of construction-grade lumber, milled to 1 1/4” thick by 3” wide. There are no butt joints … everything was done with rebates, bridle, and half-lap joints, all glued and screwed. The top and shelf are 3/4” plywood glued and screwed to a 1 1/4” x 3” sub-frame and covered with 1/4” tempered hardboard. Most of the materials was scrap from the shed … the most expensive parts were the 5” poly wheels from Grizzly (about $60).

I attached a floor sweep to the top right behind the lathe to keep the work surface clear. I’m considering a dust hood … the floor sweep gets a lot of the big stuff, but a dust hood would help with the fine stuff while scraping and sanding,

The light on top of the lathe is a low-voltage, LED light that one of the guys in my turning club got a deal on … $10 apiece for club members. I made a base with a 1” rare earth magnet in it, then added a ‘trigger’ on the front to help pry it loose from the lathe.

I had some concerns about using six wheels (the two on the right are fixed, the center pair swivel, and the left pair are swivel locks … it is harder to get six points to hit the floor at the same time than four. The frame turned out surprisingly flat, and I gave myself some wiggle room by mounting the wheels on 2×6 ‘trucks’ that screw to the underside of the frame. That way, if need be, I would be able to loosen a couple of screws and drive in some shims. None were required, however.

I have turned a couple of bowls since finishing the cart, and there was no vibration or movement. A lot of that is the 46-460 lathe (Good Job, Delta!), but the stand itself is very rigid and stable. We’ll see how it holds up!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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billculpepper

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 07:38 PM

Looks great! Is your V-Drum sander shopmade? I have a motor from an old RIGID lathe that is collecting dust in a corner and was wondering what do do with it…

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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BlankMan

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 08:20 PM

Nice setup. I been needing to do that for my mini-lathe too but haven’t got around to it yet…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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TheDane

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 08:48 PM

Bill—Yes, I bought the Stockroom Supply kit and built it in the shop … it is a workhorse.
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—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 08-13-2011 10:08 PM

Noticed the caster wheels right off. Nice and big. A little more expensive but worth it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 08-13-2011 11:32 PM

Nice set-up and I really like the wheel arrangement too : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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thelt

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 01:29 PM

Can’t say enough good things about Delta Midi Lathe. I have the 46-460 also. I love it and Delta management has been “Da bomb”. Thanks Delta!!!

Oh yea, Really like the bench too, nice job.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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NH_Hermit

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#7 posted 08-14-2011 02:20 PM

I really like the light on the lathe. For those who don’t know, The Dane and I bought the same model lathe at the same time. He chose to make the station, while I chose to buy the stand. Now I’m thinking he made the better choice.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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thelt

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#8 posted 08-15-2011 12:49 PM

Now that I see his station, I tend to agree, NH_Hermit.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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