Lathe accessories cabinet and chisel turnstile

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Project by Christophret posted 12-07-2012 12:37 AM 4511 views 34 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve hunted for a good affordable lathe for a good while. When I found this 1935 Walker Turner L900 flat bed patternmakers lathe i nearly burst a gasket with joy. It had alot of accessories to get me turning, all it needed was some love. And love is what I gave it. The only thing missing was the motor. I managed to find a restored Walker Turner 1/3 HP for it. Perfect.

As you can see my shop is fresh and I have masonry walls, so storage for small things is a problem till I hang some shelves and french cleats. So I decided I need a place for all my accessories and tools, hence what you see.

The cabinet, turnstile and lightshelf are all made of poplar, which I really love now, btw. The grain contrast is really beautiful in poplar and it really pops when a finish is applied.
The turnstile is a bit whimsical but I love it, the dowled shelves are for holding stuff and not dust. I recessed the top of the shelves and lathe support board so stuff dont roll off.
The turstile knob was the last piece and the first thing turned on the lathe. The light shelf I designed on the fly, the geometry of the antique lamp I wanted to use demanded it to be at the lathes center. So be it, So I used the center to base the arc of the shelf supports.
I’m really new at turning and look forward to making some more chips fly.
Thanks for looking!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 12:43 AM

Wow! Now that looks like a neat setup. I want a lathe so bad!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 01:17 AM

Thanks Mike, Yeah I’ve wanted a good lathe to learn on for years.
I started out turning with a small 1931 “driver line” lathe my dad gave me. found a motor,bolted it to a bench, a few cheap chisels and went to town… That gave me the itch to turn more.

My next turning will be finals for the newel posts i just built for my son’s house and I plan on turning an ornament from my sons family’s first christmas tree. They dont know it but, I saved the stump we cut off. Finishing that for x-mas means alot to me.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 01:19 AM

Holy macaroni!! I know nothing about lathes, but this is just gorgeous. It looks like you put a lot of elbow grease into the project and it suits the age of the lathe. I’m going to have to go check out pics of your shop, because it looks like you are very organized. I’d bet $$ that you have those chisels organized in a particular manner…..

Again, wow!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 01:31 AM

This setup looks fantastic. I love the rotating tool holder, and the rest of the bench fits the lathe perfectly. Nice work.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 01:33 AM

First class all the way.Nice!!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 02:55 AM

Super nice Chris….I have a cheapo harbor freight lathe I have been planning on mounting on a mobile stand….for some reason dont think it will be anywhere that nice. Fine work sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 02:58 AM

Double good thinking ,great layout .

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 03:04 AM

Really nice looking and practical too. Well done.

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#9 posted 12-07-2012 03:29 AM

That is one really nice setup—simply outstanding in every respect.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 12-07-2012 03:47 AM

Chris, this is a beautiful cabinet and turnstile. I like the clean lines of your design. I also have acquired a lathe and it needs a base and cabinet. I am interested in how you mounted the motor and how you keep tension on the belt. Could you post a picture of the mount?

-- 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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#11 posted 12-07-2012 04:12 AM

Nice work…but I am kind of sticking on the lathe. That is absolutely gorgeous. I have never seen a W-T lathe before anywhere near that size.

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#12 posted 12-07-2012 04:15 AM

Thank you all! Very much!
Your comments mean a great deal to me. Thank you.

Luv2learn, Yes the mount has an adjustment with setscrews for locking into position.
But with the adjustable link belt I’ve learned: adjusting the tension comes with every few hours of use.
It stretches to a point.

I’ve seen other lathes with the motor mounted on a rocker plate or hinges. Using the weight of the motor to take up the slack in the belt and no adjustments are needed. I hope this helps.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#13 posted 12-07-2012 04:22 AM

Arminius Thanks
Yes this lathe is much larger than ordinary WT gap bed lathes,10” swing and a 54” bed.
Here is a shot of it before with the gap bed lathe resting on it’s bed.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#14 posted 12-07-2012 11:10 AM

Cool! Actually I could see building something like this under my old jointer.

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#15 posted 12-07-2012 02:47 PM

That one pretty looking lathe old school metal just a beauty. I’m really get the itch for one but will take my time to find something like this one…nice work can’t wait to see projects…Blkcherry

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