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Forum topic by crank49 posted 01-25-2011 12:36 AM 869 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2011 12:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: small hf bench mini lathe stand lathe

I have a new mini lathe and I was going to build a stand for it, but I noticed this little “oak” bench at HF and it’s about the right size. The lathe is 32” long; the bench is 40” long X 19” wide. I suppose I would have to beef it up some to give it some more mass. I have a piece of 1/2” steel plate I could attach to the underside of the top; that would add about 80lbs real simply.

Anyone else have one of these benches. I have seen the bigger bench in the store and was not impressed with it, but I haven’t seen the small one in person; just pictures.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.


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#1 posted 01-26-2011 05:13 AM

Locally, the ones on display, the short bench is just a short version of their larger bench. I wouldn’t give their price for either one of them. For the money you give for that, you could at least start on buying the lumber to build a much better bench. Even with limited skills, anyone could build a better bench than those that Harbor Freight has to offer.
At one time they had a real cheap sale on their large bench here. I thought about buying it just for my kid’s to play on. In the end, I decided I’d rather build that too instead of wasting my money. Then if they tire of it, I’ll have a bench I can put to use elsewhere.

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 07:51 PM

I have built several benches myself, and have a really nice one almost finished right now. I agree the larger bench at HF is not much more than a narrow card table, but I was hoping the smaller one, due to the ratio of bench dimensions to the material cross section dimensions, would be much more ridgid. And, being an engineer I can fix most design problems anyway. Since I haven’t seen the smaller one in person, I didn’t know if it was made of the same material and that’s the main reason for this post. As far as material cost being less to build a better bench, I don’t think so. With hardwood around here at $6 to $9 a board foot, and my time worth at least $25/hr I couldn’t touch that price. I could definitely build something better, but that’s not the issue. I’m looking for cheap bench to use as a machine base, with a drawer to hold machine accessories. Even if I have to beef it up after I get it, it would still save me some time; unless, of course, it’s just too flimsy to work with.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 06:04 AM

In my opinion, the top and drawers would suit your needs fine. If you can get it cheap enough, maybe get it and build a sturdy base out of 2×4s?

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