SuperStand: Lathe + Bandsaw + Planer + Router Table + Storage = 2'x4' Floor Space

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Project by Brian S posted 10-27-2012 06:11 PM 6973 views 27 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago, I figured out that the things I was missing in my shop were:

1. A lathe
2. A planer
3. A router table
4. A bandsaw

However, because I share a small 20’x20’ garage with two giant cars, I only had a 2’x4’ section of floor space left. So I carefully and painstakingly created a sketchup model that would allow me to (somehow) fit all of these things in that tiny space in as useable a configuration as possible. I actually built the table several months ago, then have been acquiring the tools since.

The planer is mounted beneath the table top of the cart, and has doors which open from both sides to feed wood through the cart itself. Behind the lathe, a router table flips up with clamped-on legs. To the side, a 14” bandsaw is attached, with the bandsaw table height just over the top of the lathe. Turning tools are located in a slide-through drawer underneath the planer, and there is storage for the router, all router accessories, all my lathe accessories, and also a jigsaw.

There are 6 power outlets on the table so that everything can remain plugged in (though obviously they can’t all be running at the same time!).

Constructed from two sheets of MDF (and a bit of melamine for the router table), with some pine trim. It’s on heavy-duty casters so that I can move it out of the way to park.

My favorite part is that there is absolutely no vibration with anything. The table itself weighs about 150 pounds with nothing on it. Add a lathe, planer, bandsaw, and all the accessories and I think it’s 300-400 pounds. It stays put, even on casters.

Thanks for looking!

-- Brian

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 06:14 PM

It looks like you have done a good job in planning and building this. This could well be your best tool as well as project. Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 06:26 PM

Well done Bryan, congratulations!

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 06:32 PM

home made shopsmith, i like it!

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 07:45 PM

This is very cool Brian – nicely engineered! Too bad you can’t run all the tools at once, we would really like to see that! Now with all the space you’ve saved, you’ll probably need some more tools, don’t you think?

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 10-27-2012 07:52 PM

you have done a fantastic work here brian
do you work on satellites too ?

well done for sure

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 10-27-2012 07:59 PM

Brian, you sure packed a lot of ww machines in a small space!

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 08:26 PM

Is the lathe center at your elbow height?
Is the bandsaw at a good working height?

-- Quicksilver

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#8 posted 10-27-2012 09:17 PM

dude where do you store the BEER?

That cart is almost too beautiful to be in a shop actually :) And very well designed! >adds as fave <

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#9 posted 10-27-2012 09:34 PM

This is a good idea, really pretty slick. It’s a good space saver. I especially like that you keep all the dust in on space from using the tools, makes it easy for cleanup. Not saying you don’t make a mess elsewhere; I know I do. Wink, wink.

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#10 posted 10-27-2012 09:36 PM

Neat idea. Looks like you can saw with your left hand, turn with your right hand and plane with your left leg while standing on your right leg. You can do the work of three guys. Be safe.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#11 posted 10-27-2012 10:24 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

@quicksilver – I made the height with the lathe in mind, do it is just right. This makes the bandsaw table higher than normal, unfortunately. It’s at about mid-chest. I actually like it high, though, since it brings the work closer to my face. It would become a problem if I put in a riser block, since then I could be sawing something but unable to see the top of it. As is, though, it’s a very comfortable working height.

-- Brian

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#12 posted 10-27-2012 11:45 PM

Very well thought out and executed. what are going to do with all the extra space in the shop?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#13 posted 10-28-2012 01:06 AM

Noe THAT is economy of space. Nice work!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 10-28-2012 01:14 AM

I freakin love that!

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#15 posted 10-28-2012 04:25 AM

Tell us about that Porter Cable Bandsaw… I have been thinking about a grizzly but that seems to have better specs.

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