|Project by David Grimes||posted 09-10-2011 06:01 AM||2504 views||9 times favorited||15 comments|
I recently purchased a really inexpensive (less than $90) 40” lathe (not HF). To try it out, it seemed that the first order of business is a stand to sit it on (and stabilize it).
I looked at all the lathe stand projects and found examples by fellow LJs Garys and garriv777 that seemed to have the length and depth I was after.
I had every thing I needed except two 8 foot 2×6’s, so I picked them up this afternoon. I began with cutting the treated 4×4’s to length on the miter saw, then rounding the edges on the router.
Like garriv777’s, I notched the top center of the 4×4 feet for a dado joint.
However, I also (from the bottom directly below the dado) recessed two washer cavities (recessed so they won’t touch the floor, and washers so the screws will grab with the washer as a shoulder in the soft pine), then pre-drilled so that I could run two screws on each foot up into the 2×6 leg center member.
I then attached the 4×4 leg shafts to each side of the leg lower center by using a 1/2” forstner bit to a depth of 2”, then followed that with 3” screws with washers (again to keep the screws from drawing to far into the soft pine) to attach the glued pieces together securely. For the record, I actually got clamps and dowel out, but chose this method due to speed and convenience. This IS a tool table, not a Grandfather clock. ;=)
After both pairs of legs were assembled, I ran a horizontal 2×6 between the legs, glued and screwed blocking 10” on center down each side, followed that with a top made of 3/4” Advantech, and finally added 2×6 skirts to the outside front and back.
I completed the end skirting, added a middle horizontal support with Forstner bores to hold my turning tools.
My finishing choices included white legs (Glidden Extra High Gloss White Trim and Door Gel Paint), red skirt ends and horizontal support (Glidden Extra High Gloss Red Trim and Door Gel Paint), then finally the top and front/back skirting in Rustoleum Black Hammered Enamel (brush on).
NOTICE: No hand planes were required in the making of this project. ;=)
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia