Bench/stand for metal working lathe #9: Leveled the bench and poured concrete top

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 01-02-2015 03:55 AM 2292 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Ready for the top Part 9 of Bench/stand for metal working lathe series Part 10: Skim coat to make up for my "iffy" flat work »

Trimmed the front leg bottoms and slipped in plastic shims to get the bench spot on level…

One of Matt’s “maxims” is to never pour concrete without steel reinforcement (please don’t ask me how I came to this conclusion)....

Bolt holes have to align to the drip tray holes…

Ready for business…

I forgot what a PITA hand mixing concrete is…..

Not perfect, but not too shabby either. I needed a little Portland cement to make a slurry to fill in the courser spots and float a nice smooth surface, but alas, all I had was the pre-mixed Quickcrete….

I didn’t want to drop $30 on a bull float, so I had to use my brick trowel.

Bolt holes are nice and flush…

I used four 80 lb bags of Quickcrete and half of a 60 lb bag, so not counting the water, the top is 350 lbs. that should dampen some vibrations.

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

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 03:57 AM

Ps…. I’m beat!

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

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 04:08 AM

All the calculations and fitting paid off….
As the top looks, well…. Top Notch!!!

Sure is a rock solid bench. Well done.
Now that the concrete is poured….
Pour yourself a stiff drink…. you’ve earned it my friend!!!

I’m anxiously awaiting…. for the metal to be flying!!!

-- 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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#3 posted 01-02-2015 01:31 PM

Really great job, progress looks fantastic. As big a pain in the butt as it is to hand mix concrete you would think that pain would stay with you forever. Necessity makes us do crazy things. LOL

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 03:50 PM

Looking good , Matt! Are you planning on putting some weight on the bottom to counterbalance the top-heaviness? Or bolt the table to the floor?

-- 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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#5 posted 01-02-2015 04:03 PM

Don…. I’m putting a tool box and storage for chucks, etc… On the bottom shelf. But the stand will still be very top heavy (especially when the lathe is mounted). I’m going to connect the top to the wall behind, either with ‘L’ brackets and a cleat, or with a shelf assembly.

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

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 08:40 PM

Holy concrete table Batman! Well done. I’ll be busy the day you decide it needs to go back up the stairs!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 01:33 PM

That should hold anything.

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

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