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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 09-10-2014 11:16 PM 737 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2014 11:16 PM

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Instead of the damp concrete floor. Had some metal parts from an old loft bed. And some OSB.

Cut some 3×3 posts in half, to make four legs @36” long. Or there abouts, hacksaw wasn’t the greatest way to cut them. Had a pair of brace rods. Added one brace between the two front legs, and the two rear legs. 5/8” self driller screws. Then added some 1×3s between the front and back halves.

Thats them on the floor. Gave the legs a 5 degree splay. Added some OSB down near the feet. Both ends got the osb, back between the ends, there is a solid wood 1×4. Using 1-1/2” fine thread drywall screws. They will drill their way through metal. I just had to drill a hole through the wood, first. Got the foot area all braced up, turned the stand onto the feet.

And placed a slab of osb down as a top. I screwed it down to the 1×3 cross braces. I then sawed off the excess osb in front. Gave the front a 1×4 solid wood apron, and screwed the top to that as well. Time to add a high tech lathe

Hey, I bought this new. Been around a long time. I fastened it down to the top, added a shelf on the bottom.

Might just be what I need to do some spindle work. As for the other end

This is the reason the motor hangs off the other end. Now, I just need an outlet or two, and a shop light overhead. Kind of dark down here in the Dungeon Shop.

Price for this “High Tech Bench”? Maybe two or three hours of cussing and fitting. Everything was on hand, mostly recycled stuff, anyway.

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

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 12:22 AM

Well, that’s better than working on the floor.. Was the cussing X rated? I know what you mean by cutting sheet metal with a hack saw. Good luck… .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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