After conspiring for some four years I finally saved up my pennies for the Grizzly G0602 metal cutting lathe.
Had fun rigging it into my basement and began the process of disassembly, inspection and cleaning all the cosmoline off of it.
These Chinese lathes are priced low enough for hobbyist to afford, but require a bit of TLC, as there are lots of burrs that need filing and grit to clean up in order to get everything moving smoothly.
With the lathe weighing in at over 400 lbs. it’s also helpful to get ~1/3 of the weight off of it.
Now I need to make a stand for it….
Design requirements are:
inexpensive, sturdy, heavy enough to dampen vibrations and add rigidity to the lathe.
Here’s what I came up with:
And after some research, I have a little surprise for the top
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!