Lathe Stand for Nova 3000

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Project by BobAnderton posted 10-06-2013 08:45 PM 4448 views 26 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 09:04 PM

That is a well built lathe stand. Should be nice and sturdy for the lathe.

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#2 posted 10-06-2013 09:49 PM

That is a thing of beauty. Almost makes me want to buy a lathe

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#3 posted 10-06-2013 09:55 PM

Yeah, that stand should hold it up fine. Nice job.

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 10:35 PM

Bob, I do not own a lathe nor have I ever used one. However, your workmanship caught my eye and I had to comment. You have accomplished your objectives and it looks nice…

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 11:54 PM

Bob, a neighbor gave a small lathe and I’ve been looking for stand plans for a while. Hope you don’t mind if I steal yours! Nice, nice job.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 12:10 AM

Looks good. I need to do one of those one of these days; I may be a copy cat ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 10-07-2013 01:30 AM

Wow, one sweet stand. Should be no problems with the lathe walking across the shop. Very nice.

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#8 posted 10-07-2013 01:54 AM

I like it more than the original. Nice job.

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#9 posted 10-07-2013 11:10 AM

Very nice job Bob… looks very solid. I don’t think that lathe is going to move around.

I just picked up my Nova 2024 on Saturday, I have a few small projects to complete then I will be building a stand of some king for my Nova. Very excited….

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#10 posted 10-07-2013 04:54 PM

Hi Bob,
I like your stand, it has lots of mass, and will be using it to inspire my new stand … great job.
I do not like your tool placement behind the lathe, reaching across the spinning work to grab the next tool just scares the ‘b-Jesus’ out of me.
Think about a magnetic strip below the lathe or mounting your tool board at the end of the lathe so your not reaching across … Just a thought.

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#11 posted 10-07-2013 07:47 PM

Wow not just a sturdy lathe stand, but a nice looking compliment to any lathe, well done. Alistair

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#12 posted 10-07-2013 07:50 PM

WOW! It not only holds your lathe, but it is a piece of art work as well.

-- -- Stu, The Wood JourneyMan

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#13 posted 10-08-2013 02:43 AM

Assume that you’ll enclose the box on the bottom with plywood and fill it with sand? That’s what I did with my Nova, and it really makes it sit still…

-- Steven

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#14 posted 10-09-2013 02:23 PM

That’s one good looking and stable stand. I’m sure your lathe will not move and keeps the shavings away. Great idea and great build!

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