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Project by javaboy posted 07-28-2012 12:13 AM 2722 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Space is at a premium in my little shop, so when I started getting into turning I had to come up with a method to have my lathe tool grinder at the ready when needed, but easily stowed when not needed. I also acquired a Worksharp machine, and liked the idea of having it readily accessible too. I came up with this solution—a machine stand with a rotating top. The machines are bolted to the top, and the top is locked into position with pins that engage through the sides. A length of unneeded table saw fence guide rail provided the shaft for the table top to pivot on, but any stout steel pipe would do. The stand itself is a repurposed shopbuilt unit made for a Veritas pin router arm and foot pedal actuated router lift. The table top and sides are torsion boxes for maximum strength and stiffness—perhaps overkill, but that’s how I roll. The bottom of the cabinet was filled with over 100 pounds of sand to help counteract any top-heaviness from the cast iron grinder—heavy duty casters made the whole unit mobile. The convertible machine stand provided a very stable and versatile fixture for my sharpening machines.

Karl

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Cozmo35

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#1 posted 07-28-2012 12:29 AM

Very cool!

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Raymond Thomas

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#2 posted 07-28-2012 12:52 PM

Outstanding ! I may shamelessly steal your concept – since my workshop is half of the garage and I need places for the tools I accumulate, this just makes so much sense.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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Alexandre

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#3 posted 07-28-2012 01:03 PM

That…
Bench…
Grinder…
Is…
HUGE….

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javaboy

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#4 posted 07-28-2012 03:29 PM

Hey TorqNut! I can’t take credit for the concept—I’m sure I’ve seen it before in some WW mag or website. It does work great though!

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#5 posted 07-28-2012 05:34 PM

These are usually called “flippy” stands. I’m planning a number of them for my own shop as I too suffer from lack-of-room-itis.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 07-28-2012 08:15 PM

Very cool stand! Love the idea!

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