|Project by BobAnderton||posted 10-06-2013 08:45 PM||5283 views||26 times favorited||14 comments|
I bought this Nova 3000 with electronic speed control off Craigslist but it didn’t have a stand, so that became the next project before I could play with the new toy. There were a few things I wanted in this stand. I wanted it to be massive and heavy and stiff, I wanted it to have splayed legs so it would resist moving with large unbalanced blanks, and I wanted shavings to be able to fall down away from the lathe and not build up on a table top under or around the lathe. I had the horizontal pieces of maple laminated top around for 20 years waiting for a good use, and I made the end pieces from maple that I’d milled last year using a chainsaw mill. I used bench bolts, aka barrel bolts, aka cross threaded dowel nuts to pull the rails up to the legs solidly so it can be broken down for moving, and they were the only thing I had to purchase.
I used the “example of a shop made lathe stand” from the Nova 3000 manual, shown, as inspiration, and changed it to incorporate the angled legs and not have a top. Note, though how the leg pieces are glued together to provide a rigid frame in the front to back up and down plane.
-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw