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Project by luv2learn posted 584 days ago 2429 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago I had an opportunity to buy several vintage wood working tools for next to nothing, among those was a 1947 Craftsman Lathe (Model # 103.21600). I refurbished it but then got busy with other projects. Part of my New Years To Do’swas to build a stand for this old lathe and put it to work.

The question was, what material should I use to build the stand? Well, some of my ideas are better than others but this wasn’t one of my better ones. I had several old rough cut 2×6s salvaged from an old barn. They had been laying outside for several years and were cracked and starting to rot. My first thought was to throw them on the burn pile and then I started to wonder if I could salvage any of those old 2×6s. I reasoned that since the lathe was old I should give it a stand built from old wood. What you see in photo #1 is typical of the boards I salvaged.

After i got all the stand built I stained it Minwax English Chestnut and then gave it two coats of Minwax High Gloss Poylurethane. Now the trilogy is complete, I have an old lathe mounted on a stand built from old wood to be used by an old woodworker :).

As you can see, I modified the lathe swing. I will explain why in my next project post.

Thanks for looking!!

-- 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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woodshaver

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#1 posted 584 days ago

WOW Lee! I’m so jealous! if I only had the room for a Lath and that nicely thought out cabinet! This is in such great shape for a 1947! The stand is perfect for this tool. I really like how you have tons of storage space under the tool. I see some modification to the body of the lathe. Are those Riser Blocks on the Lath? This will give you some extra hight! Nicely done!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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woodworker15

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#2 posted 584 days ago

Lee,
Another great job, keep on making the sawdust.
Jim

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 584 days ago

Cool design and a good build,looks great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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bampy

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#4 posted 584 days ago

very nice stand, and great save on that lumber,

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 584 days ago

The stand matches the lathe—great job!

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

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 584 days ago

Beautiful stand. Is it nice and stable when you turn?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 584 days ago

Thanks for the kind words Tony and yes, those are riser blocks on the lathe. I will post those with an explanation in a little while.

John, Jim, bampy, thanks for your comments.

RussellAP, I haven’t turned anything on it yet but those two storage spaces on either side of the drawer are big enough to hold one 8”x8”x16” concrete block each.

-- 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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hahawood

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#8 posted 584 days ago

That is a nice stand. I love making the old new again…way to go. Thanks for the post.

-- "If you're innocent you can do anything" ...Hunter S. Thompson!

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 584 days ago

Outstanding job, Lee…........I love it!!

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

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 584 days ago

That came out great L2L!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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oakwood

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#11 posted 584 days ago

That lathe was born on the same year as I was. You did a wonderful job on the stand. It is a good use of space as often you find lathes mounted on open frames. Nice build.

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Brent Golden

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#12 posted 583 days ago

That is absolutely awesome. Very well planned.

-- Brent Golden www.intarsiaonthebay.com

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 583 days ago

Thank you all for your kind words. They are an encouragement to me.

-- 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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Sodabowski

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#14 posted 583 days ago

Ah this is a typical “diamond in the rough” kinda post, the outside appearance of the old barn wood sure looked discouraging to the unaware :D I did the same kind of treatment to an old and similarly ugly oak plank two years ago and made two nightstands out of it. Your lathe stand is beautiful (although I have personal issues with the finish). This screams “rustic” in all the finest ways :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Roger

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#15 posted 581 days ago

A very nice setup

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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