Lathe Stand

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Project by scopemonkey posted 08-13-2008 02:23 AM 3341 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally went and got myself a mini lathe—Jet 1220. I decided to make this stand out of bits and pieces in my cutoff bin. Its not pretty, but serves the need and was essentially no cost. Top and sides are double layers of 3/4” mdf laminated together. The rails are from reclaimed maple face frames from some old discarded kitchen cabinets as is the plywood top to the tool bin. The feet are laminated pieces of 2×6 fir with heavy duty refrigerator levelers. The stand is quite heavy and rock stable. I was going to fill the bin with sand or bricks, but I realized I didn’t really need the extra weight after all and it was a good place to store the turning tools (the lathe came with a starter set of gouges that I’ll be using to get going). It’s time to put away the lathe books and put tool to wood. My first “project” will follow…..

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#1 posted 08-13-2008 04:17 AM

Great start. Looking forward to seeing your turning works.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 08-13-2008 05:48 AM

nice touch with the dovetails in the legs : ) I have the JET electronic variable speed model of this size …..FUN machine indeed ! Happy turnings to you !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 08-13-2008 06:00 AM

Nice looking stand. However, it will look much nicer covered in shavings. I look forward to seeing what you turn out. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 08-13-2008 01:28 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 08-13-2008 01:33 PM

Hi Scopemonkey;

Glad to see you have a full face shield, and hopefully are using it.

Nothing wrong with that stand. Some people go through their whole life and never make a stand about anything.

You might want to pull the truck forward a few feet, so the windows aren’t in line with a fleeting chisel!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 02:06 PM

It looks nice and sturdy, a clean, & simple design.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 08-13-2008 03:43 PM

Great looking stand. I love the covered tool bin. I am looking to get my first lathe soon.

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

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#8 posted 08-13-2008 07:18 PM

Nice looking stand.


-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#9 posted 08-14-2008 11:06 AM

Me thinks I have to make one of these…much nicer than the Krispy Creme donut stand I have mine on.

-- Sure Dear, I can make that for you. Lemme just run out and get a tool I need for that.

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#10 posted 08-14-2008 12:18 PM

looks great. If it is functional and stable, it will work great

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 08-14-2008 02:50 PM

I am not sure why you said “Its not pretty” , it looks great to me. It does need some shavings around it but other than that it looks great :) I love my Jet mini lathe :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#12 posted 08-15-2008 04:52 AM

Nice use of your scrap bin. Good Luck with the turning, be watching for the first project.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 08-16-2008 05:08 PM

Great stand. I love the storage box, didn’t know it was there in the first picture. Nice work.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#14 posted 08-18-2008 05:14 PM

Well done. I still don’t have one of these, not sure what my problem is but I am envious of yours.

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#15 posted 08-22-2008 01:36 AM

From being made of bits and pieces it sure looks good , that big DT in the front legs is a nice touch . Good idea to combine storage in the shelf . Enjoy that lathe .

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