Lathe Table Insert Tool Cabinet

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Project by Eric in central Florida posted 09-27-2011 12:33 AM 3347 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I built my Lathe table a while back, (49437 my friend David (LJ Patron) suggested an insert cabinet with drawers and such to store the tools. Lathes have a lot of accessory tools!
Knowing David rarely makes a bad suggestion, I decided to design and make one while waiting for some parts from another project to be delivered.
This is what I came up with. The whole project uses reclaimed material.
I try to use reclaimed stuff as much as possible, to save the land fills and my wallet.
It is a solid oak dovetailed case, with oak drawers and a tool shelf that fits in the upper cabinet.
I set the size to fit the table dimensions and kept it removable in case I want to use it for another application down the road.
So far it has worked out great.
The finish is Minwax Classic Oak Polyshade and Briwax.
Thanks for looking

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#1 posted 09-27-2011 12:47 AM

Nice addition to a nice piece of shop furniture.

Now get out there and make some shavings!


-- 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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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 09-27-2011 01:17 AM

Shucks…....that is really pretty…...and even more functional. Think when I buy a lathe, that is the one I will get…...lot’s of good reviews. And my stuff all has to go mobile.

Patron suggested I make a supersled, when I was talking about making a sled, and he was dead on right.

I followed his advice, and it has been a workhorse in my shop. Learned a lot making it, as well.

Nice construction…nice workmanship.

I like it a lot.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jeremy Greiner

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#3 posted 09-27-2011 01:17 AM

Looks great, adds alot of space to your stand, I really like the lathe tool drawer.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#4 posted 09-27-2011 01:19 AM

Now that is Cool!

Just don’t forget to close the drawers before turning- shavings collect really fast. Don’t ask how I know this ;^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 09-27-2011 02:39 AM

wow…that looks great!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 09-27-2011 02:48 AM

that is a sweet setup and the cabinet is beautifully made! love the pullout gauges tray

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 09-27-2011 03:19 AM


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

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#8 posted 09-27-2011 04:06 AM

Nice design and execution – the reclaimed aspect is a big PLUS!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 09-27-2011 04:13 AM

WOW! Nice lathe bench. I started making one similar for my lathe the other day. I used reclaimed wood as well however mine is not near as pretty as this one. No way I would post mine now LOL. I really like the lathe tool tray. Wish I had incorporated that in mine rather than a standard drawer. Nice job.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#10 posted 09-27-2011 04:20 AM

Jim—I bought a Delta VS Midi … if you elect to go that route, you will not be disappointed!


-- 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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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#11 posted 09-27-2011 04:49 AM

Nice addition to your lathe table. Nothing like haveing everything right at hand. Especially like the way you made the pull out for the tools. Thanks for sharing.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#12 posted 09-27-2011 11:52 PM

Beautiful cabinet, Eric.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 09-28-2011 01:02 AM

Good work.

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 09-28-2011 06:33 AM

Thanks for the reinforcement…..I have had good luck following your advice. Not there yet, but sometime next year, maybe.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 09-28-2011 11:20 AM

Well done! Very practical and great use of space.

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

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