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Forum topic by Rick_M posted 01-28-2017 05:48 AM 1325 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2017 05:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe stand

Time for a new lathe stand. I’ve looked at dozens and have seen many good ideas and I found one that is close to having every feature I want. It will be for a midi lathe but that doesn’t matter …

So what do you like, or would change, about your current lathe stand?

What works and what doesn’t?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/


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#1 posted 01-28-2017 05:55 AM

I have a Jet mini and love my stand for it.

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 05:58 AM

So what specifically do you like and is there anything you would change?

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 06:14 AM

I built the top and drawer for my grandmothers old Singer. It is the only machine my wife likes to use. After building her dry sink/sewing center I kept this stand in the garage for a couple years. When I got my Jet and needed a stand to set it on, my wife reminded me of this one. It fits and works perfect with my accessories in the drawer. I guess it’s more sentimental than anything, but it works for me.

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 06:16 AM

I’ve got the parts for when I set aside time and this one will get drawers.

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 02:34 PM

Mine is nothing fancy..

Maybe if and when a new lathe should ever arrive, I might see about a new bench for it..

Just an old “T” rail Craftsman….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 01-28-2017 03:34 PM

i use a cheap wolfcraft. it was cheap and convenient at the time. but, it’s sturdy with a wide base and has a large shelf to pile more junk.

-- Two is One, One is None

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 04:07 PM

Mine’s on wheels with a slow grinder on the opposite side to keep tools sharp when needed.

Works for me and a I like it.

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#8 posted 01-28-2017 04:10 PM

Here is mine, homemade…

Almost all the materials for this were recycled. The top was cut from a section of a large bi-fold solid core door 16” X 84” X 2” being thrown away at work, the wooden frame came from a waterbed that someone was throwing out and the feet were made from a 4” X 4” mahogany board I reclaimed from a skid.

My only claim to fame are the tool storage drawers – they have open bottoms so they can be left open while working and any chips will fall right through to the floor. The slides are mounted to the bottoms of the drawers so they don’t get fouled with chips.

What works and what doesn’t?
This is actually the 2nd version of this stand. The first was too short and uncomfortable to work on. Make sure the height is right. Stand should be high enough that your forearms are parallel to the floor while turning. In other words, set turning center at about the height of your elbows while standing.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 04:30 PM

No complaints with my stand so far. Overall I like the stability of the stand with its splayed legs and sand filled base. My only knock isn’t the stand really but the Rockler Casters. I just need to affix them in tandem so they will be easier to operate.

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#10 posted 01-28-2017 09:06 PM

Industrial sewing machine stand. I bought 4 for several machines I have. Very stable

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#11 posted 01-28-2017 09:19 PM

Here’s mine…I like the storage it provides…I try to make sure large projects are close to round as possible…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 01-28-2017 09:37 PM

Lots of good ideas.



- jeff

What do you do with the extra space on the end? Looks like a good place for a grinder.


My only claim to fame are the tool storage drawers – they have open bottoms so they can be left open while working and any chips will fall right through to the floor.
- EEngineer

Been debating how I will store tools, either in drawers or maybe a swing away carousel.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 01-29-2017 04:10 AM

Rick M
I did place my grinder there for a while-it worked well and I liked it-very convenient.But I moved my lathe bench and that corner of the bench now sits up against a wall,which made the grinder difficult to use.The end now accumulates a few tools,the tailstock,supplies when turning ect.-I like the open space-so a few options there.I preferred to store my tools to the right of my bench on the wall.All the drawers in my lathe bench come in handy for storage as I have a small shop.One thing I might do different if I were building a lathe bench again is to incorporate splayed legs like TravisH’s.I think that design would be more stable..

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#14 posted 01-29-2017 04:32 AM

I just love this faux base made out of MDF:


Cheers,
Brad

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#15 posted 01-29-2017 05:25 AM

I really liked several of the others, but that takes the cake, Brad.

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