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Project by grfrazee posted 07-22-2012 07:24 PM 2197 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to buy a bed extension for the Jet mini-lathe I’ve been using for the past decade or so. Previously, I had just been using a roll-away cabinet with a maple top with the lathe, but it was far too small with the new extension. Also, I figured having the bench grinder nearby and having a little extra room for tools, chucks, and rests would be good as well. Obviously, a bigger table was needed.

My dad and I had some 1x and 2x material left over from when the workshop was built, so that is what I used. Most of it was larger boards, so I had to rip them to width and plane everything square. The top is laminated, alternating 1×4 and 2×4. The legs are doubled-up 2×4s, the feet are 2×4, and the braces are 2×4 as well. The small beams under the top are 2×6.

Overall dimensions are ~80” x 18” x 40”. It may be a little tall, so I might have to chop off some of the legs later. However, I don’t have time to try it out this weekend, so that’ll have to wait. Also, though it’s not shown, the trestle cross piece is used for holding small bar clamps.

Future upgrades may be to face the top with a hardwood so it doesn’t get banged up so much, and also adding some adjustable feet on the bottom when I get a chance to buy some.

I also have a SketchUp model if anyone’s interested.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-





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SuburbanDon

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 09:30 PM

Nice job. Looks more than sturdy enough.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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DaleM

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 01:19 AM

That looks better and way sturdier than my regular workbench. I bet that helps to keep the vibrations down more than a lightweight table.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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grfrazee

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 07:50 PM

Sturdiness was my goal. I’ve encountered some decent vibrations while turning bowls without the bed extension, so hopefully the additional weight of the bed extension and the stout table construction cuts it down to almost nothing.

I also added two outlets on the back of the table that fit into the recesses between the two beams. They’re wired to the same extension cord, giving me convenient plug-age right at the table!

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 01:57 AM

Nice lathe table. To reduce the vibrations, you could put 4 anchors in the floor and bolt it down. Bowls will sure make a lathe rock and roll if it is not heavy or bolted down. What is the swing on that lathe? How much horsepower does it have?...............Jim

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

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grfrazee

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#5 posted 07-31-2012 03:00 AM

The lathe swing is 10” and the new bed extended it to ~40” between centers. It’s a 0.50 HP motor, and unfortunately doesn’t have variable speed. I’m looking into getting a VSI retrofit.

I don’t think the old man’s too keen on bolting anything to the floor, unfortunately. I have yet to test the lathe out with anything unbalanced, but it should be better than it was before the bed extension.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 02:25 PM

If you can’t bolt it down, put some sandbags on the bottom to give it some beef!

I have a Harbor Freight mini with a 1/3 HP motor on it. It is an 8×12 but I could never turn anything near 8” on it. It stall with a 5” diameter. I would like to have about 1 hp on it. It does have variable speed which is nice when shifting from turning to sanding

If you do an upgrade on yours for variable speed, go for 1 hp along with it. You’ll love it!.............Jim

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

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