Lathe Stand

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Project by doubleDD posted 10-23-2013 03:29 PM 2769 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally think I finished my lathe stand for the new lathe. After adding things, subtracting some, changing constantly, here’s what I came up with.
With 2 1/2’’ x 6’’ 15% splayed legs bolted and screwed with 2×5’’ for the main stand and three 2’’ x 4’’s screwed together and spaced under the top of a 2’’ x 12’’, this stand is very very sturdy. Nothing fancy but I was looking for stability.
Instead of having to weigh it down with weights, sandbags, etc., I used the weight of the lathe accessories, which at this time has to be over 100 lbs.
I originally had 2 drawers with still a large space at the bottom for logs to be used as weight, but wanted to get more accessories in front of me. So I added 2 more drawers and that seems to be working out fine. As long as I quite getting more stuff.
I’m using the one side to hang some hollowing equip and the other side is still undetermined. I still have 4 3/4’’ under the drawers for storage. Added a little rack in the back for my centers and a flexible bright light.
Who says it has to be fancy when function is the main purpose. Installed wheels so it can be moved for whatever and haven’t had to lock them yet. Oh yea, a little apron under the top to keep the shavings out of the drawers. (big help) Sealed with BLO for now, and not sure if I will go with any more finishing. Any comments pro or con will be helpful.

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

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 03:35 PM

Your hard work paid off. Looks great.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 03:45 PM

Very nice!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 03:50 PM

What I like: The inset drawers to keep shavings out, looks really stable, the slightly raised lathe makes it easier to clean underneath.

What I don’t like: It’s at your house instead of mine.

How do you like that Nova DVR?

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 03:52 PM

I don’t like the fact that I don’t have it for my lathe. Seriously, it is everything that you could ever want in a lathe stand. I think that you tool caddy works great on it. We’ll done Dave.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 04:20 PM

Great looking stand—well thought out and very functional!

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

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#6 posted 10-23-2013 04:55 PM

Very Very nice Dave…you did an excellent job and a good solid looking design and plenty of storage for tools and lathe accessories. You sure know how to taunt other lathe owners…:)

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 10-23-2013 05:02 PM

Wel done looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 05:48 PM

Interesting COOL design!

Looks like it will be VERY sturdy…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 10-23-2013 07:51 PM

Great lathe stand , Dave. you’ll find that lower storage very handy!!..............Jim

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

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#10 posted 10-23-2013 10:38 PM

Looks really nice Dave. Plenty of storage too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 10-23-2013 10:58 PM

Gr8 build with plenty of storage

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-23-2013 11:18 PM

sweet build Dave…looks like a nice addition to your shop buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 10-23-2013 11:54 PM

Very nice!

-- JCRug, Prairieville, Louisiana

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#14 posted 10-23-2013 11:58 PM

XrayJay , Mike , Thanks for the comments.

Rick thanks. Let me tell you after deciding over a year this thing has more power than I will ever need. Smooth,quiet, heavy,just awesome. Hope it improves my turnings.

Thanks Bill ,that makes me feel good, you made my day. After a couple years you start seeing what would make things easier and build accordingly.

John, Ken, I had a lot of fun building it even though I redid it a couple times.

Dave, Joe, Jim, the design was all about the stability and storage, no room for fancy looks on this one.

Tony, Roger, yes, it was intentionally designed for storage. I still have room for more stuff.

Buster,thanks. Any addition to a shop, especially a functional one, is always welcome.

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

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#15 posted 10-24-2013 03:00 AM

Dave glad to see you got your lathe. You will enjoy it the more you use it. Neat stand for sure. I like the drawers. Looking forward to seeing your upcoming turning projects.

My tools are on the wall and when I get in my new shop and get things set up I hope to redesign my tool holder. They get shavings on them from time to time and have to blow them off. I think I want to put a door over them.

On edit: Dave I mistakenly though you had just bought a lathe when I posted above. Been so into my new shop bout forgot everything I never knew. Haaa Haaa

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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