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First bench, made for my wife's lathe

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Project by lightcs1776 posted 01-02-2014 12:08 AM 2530 views 7 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased a lathe for my wife for Christmas as a way to spend shop time together. A bench was needed before she could get started. I obtained the plans for a Roubo bench from Stumpy Nubs (WWW.atumpynubs.com). While my skills don’t do justice to the plans, I am happy with the results and have learned a few things. Plus, I needed to finally have something to put in the ‘my projects’ section – grin. The bench, while simply made of 2×6 pine boards, is fairly heavy and quite sturdy.

Edit: updated with picture of the new turner and her lathe.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **





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Gary

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 12:48 AM

Nice work, Chris. Now on to mounting the lathe

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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lightcs1776

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 12:50 AM

Thanks Gary. I’m hoping to attach the lathe by the weekend.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 01:03 AM

You are indeed a lucky man to have SWBMT in the shop with you! Nice first project, too! We should see turnings posted soon, right?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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lightcs1776

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 01:08 AM

Thanks, Don. Not sure what a SWBMT is, but I’m going to assume that is my wife. I’m working on getting her on here, so she will be able to post turnings on her profile.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 01:43 AM

Simply made of 2×6 pine. You could park a car on it. Good job. Best wishes working together in the shop.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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lightcs1776

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 01:50 AM

Thanks Monte!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 02:11 AM

“fairly heavy and quite sturdy” I’ll bet that is the understatement of the year! Good work!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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DIYaholic

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#8 posted 01-02-2014 02:15 AM

Good job on the build!
That should provide plenty of support, for the wife’s lathe.

You are a brave man.
Willing to share the “Man Cave” with your better half!!! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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lightcs1776

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 02:19 AM

Thanks GF and Randy.

Randy, it’s all good. After 22 years of marriage, we enjoy doing projects together. We installed a hardwood floor in our kitchen, 3/4” red oak. She stayed up working with me until it was finished … 5:40 AM. It was a long night.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 02:23 AM

I do not think you have anything to worry about, she will be very happy, great build

-- Norman

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lightcs1776

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#11 posted 01-02-2014 02:25 AM

Thanks, Norman.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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hoss12992

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#12 posted 01-02-2014 05:37 AM

Im sure that bench will be around for MANY years, and looks REALLY strong. Nice to have the wife in the shop with ya. Look forward to more postings. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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redryder

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#13 posted 01-02-2014 06:56 AM

Man, that’s a bench and a half. I’ve never had a lathe but I’ve heard they need a solid surface to work on.
You have that covered. It will be nice to see what it looks like with the lathe on it…................

-- mike...............

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lightcs1776

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#14 posted 01-02-2014 12:27 PM

Thanks, Hoss and Mike.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 01-02-2014 02:41 PM

Nice job on the build Chris.

Looks very solid and sturdy…

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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