|Project by BenchDawg||posted 02-19-2013 10:21 PM||2405 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
A buddy of mine passed on a lathe he had no use for. He does a lot of turning and decided to upgrade to a better unit. I haven’t turned much wood so this is an excellent model for me to cut my teeth on. When he had it, it sat on a stand but he retained it for his new model. It’s a great tool to add to the shop and I’m glad to get it.
It did leave me in a quandary. The lathe has a long footprint. My shop? Not so much. I designed this simple platform to mitigate the storage issue and retain maximum function.
It’s a 2×12 platform with a perpendicular base. I already had the wood and the wheels. I installed a fin on the back of the platform to clamp into my wood vise on the workbench. I may have been able to use a narrower stock for the platform, but felt I needed the surface area to help support the lathe while it sat clamped on the bench.
Six wood bolts to anchor the lathe. Problem solved. It clamps up good and tight for a very solid workstation. When I’m done, I roll it back into the corner. It takes up about a foot and half of floor space.