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Knock Down Storage for Under My Harbor Freight Lathe

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Project by luv2learn posted 11-13-2013 06:34 PM 2544 views 21 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my solution for additional storage under my new Harbor Freight lathe. It is completely knock down, has no metal fasteners, and can be assembled a disassembled with no tools other than the two hands our maker gave us :). There are six 4×8x16 concrete blocks weighing a total of 216 lbs. added for ballast with room for more if necessary.

You can see the entire build process here: Knock Down Storage for Under My Harbor Freight Lathe and here:
Knock Down Storage for Under My Harbor Freight Lathe-Ballast Box

As always I appreciate your comments and suggestions. Thanks for looking.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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BusterB

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 06:38 PM

Now that is a nice shop project….well done Lee. Cant wait to see what high tech projects you turn out on the lathe…know they will be impressive. Fine job my friend

-- 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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Handtooler

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 06:46 PM

Wonderfully done my friend! That is perfectly handsome. The storage under the drill press is also grand craftsmanship. The combination really compliment each other. Question; does the lathe and its stand reall require the extra balast other than the items you’d store anyway? Unless you turn a lot of really off certer or log pieces I wouldn’t think any would be required.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 06:54 PM

That looks very nice. I am sure it will be very useful.

I like the counter weights. In fact, I have a couple of barbell weights in the bottom of my drill press cabinet also. Not 200# though. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 11-13-2013 07:25 PM

I also like the one under your drill press very well.

Good work on both!

I porbably would have bolt boxes or screws or Tool kits under though instead of the blocks.
The heavy tool kit that you need only occasionally in the wood shop, makes good ballast.

-- just rjR

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 11-13-2013 07:29 PM

Great job, and it looks nice sitting next to your 3-project drill press! Enjoyed your blogs—very informative and quite innovative.

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

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luv2learn

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 07:31 PM

Buster, I just have to convert youtube how-to videos into action, that shouldn,t be hard right? LOL.

Russell, being a novice turner I really don’t know what to expect as far as lathe vibration. If it turns out I don’t need the ballast I can always convert that space into drawers.

Thanks for the kind words Mike. I have adopted the old adage “more is better” I can always remove some of the weight if I need to :-).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 11-13-2013 07:32 PM

That turned out excellent with using the metal stand. Great work Lee.

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

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 07:36 PM

ralbuck, I like your idea of storing tools on the bottom shelf. The nice thing about this build is that it is convertible.

John, I always look forward to your comments and suggestions. Thanks my friend!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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MABFwTx

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 07:48 PM

Good job Lee, As for lathe vibration. If you have none, just go find a bigger stump to turn and you will.

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jeanlowry

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#10 posted 11-13-2013 07:56 PM

How do you like your HF lathe?

-- Jean, Colorado, find time to make some dust!

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 12:17 AM

Jean, it is to early for me to render an opinion on my HF lathe. I have only used it once. However, before I bought it I read the reviews of others who had bought this lathe on the HF website. Most of them were favorable so I took a chance. I have read that it is almost identical one of the lathes that Jet sells for hundreds more.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 11-14-2013 12:27 AM

Jean, it is to early for me to render an opinion on my HF lathe. I have only used it once. However, before I bought it I read the reviews of others who had bought this lathe on the HF website. Most of them were favorable so I took a chance. I have read that it is almost identical one of the lathes that Jet sells for hundreds more.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 11-14-2013 01:13 AM

this one is 5 STARS … very well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 11-14-2013 01:45 AM

Thank you Dan’um.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 11-14-2013 02:46 AM

Great job on the storage. you can never have enough. it is nice to be able to store all the lathe accessories close to the lathe.

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

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