|Project by grfrazee||posted 07-22-2012 07:24 PM||2197 views||12 times favorited||6 comments|
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.
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