|Forum topic by Whiskers||posted 213 days ago||617 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
213 days ago
Thought I would share one of my projects with you folks and get any feedback for future stuff I build. This is the first serious piece of equipment I ever bought. It’s a 40” lathe. Now before I start getting flamed about it being a Chinese piece of junk, let me say that I know that, but I bought it 25-30 years ago for $25 from Big Lots. They apparently couldn’t get rid of it and just kept marking it down til someone like me came along and thought, hmm, I always wanted to play with a lathe but couldn’t afford one. I never got to play with it though cause of time restraints, never building a stand etc, but now that has all changed, so I built a stand. Now I just need to find some wood to turn, that’s a difficult matter since nobody around here sells anything that ain’t pressure treated in 4×4 or larger stock. The stand is not totally complete, I still have work to do on the cabinet and will update as things progress but the bulk of it is here.
Here is a close up of what I did with the bottom. I used a 1/4” sheet of Luann ply on the bottom and filled it with rocks. Cheap rocks. I have read that lathes need lots of weight in the bottom or they will jump around. Rocks were cheaper than sand so I went with them. I’m not sure this was necessary cause the stand seemed so steady anyway, but I went with what I read and it only cost a few bucks. On top of the rocks is some scraps of sheetrock I added cause I came just a little short on rocks, and I wanted to keep them from rattling around.
Here is a better view of the Side View, Note the A-frame construction.
And a view of the board mounting the lathe.
Now I’ve Installed the bottom of the Cabinet.
That’s all for now, Working on the Cabinet still. Going to build one inside and add some drawers to hold chisels etc, and some storage underneath.