Lathe Bed Extension

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Project by Bill Akins posted 05-28-2013 12:43 PM 2923 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While working on The Wood Whilperer Guild tilt top table project I realized that my lathe bed was a couple inches short. I generally do not do long spindle work so I didn’t want to fork out $250 for the extension and leg. I used some oak scraps, bought 50 cents worth of nuts, bolts and washers, and made a temporary one. I filmed a video of it here. Lathe bed video. The jig didn’t take much time at all and I was able to turn my cherry column with no problem.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 01:49 PM


Keep up the good work!

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 02:10 PM

I did something very similar when I made my maloof rocker. Thanks for posting up.

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 02:11 PM

Good idea for a temporary fix. Good work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 03:06 PM

That is a great idea. I am saving this to my favorites incase I need to do the same. Thanks.

-- Julian

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 05:14 PM

Cheap and simple- as it should be.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 06:08 PM

Good one, Bill.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 10:16 PM

Great solution for a one off.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-29-2013 06:38 PM

You know I had to do the same thing with my metal lathe some time back for some long project that I did. Strange that I remember building the extension but for the life of me I cannot remember the project.

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