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Forum topic by DrDirt posted 12-08-2014 10:46 PM 4667 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2014 10:46 PM

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These just went on sale at Menards –
Only been around a little while, but the original price was 999…. which was too rich for my blood.
They are discontinuing them, and cut the price in half.
You pay 599 then get a 100 dollar rebate.

So at 499 for this size tool chest with a wood top I can lag bolt the lathe into…. it seems good.
Plenty of room for turn tool storage for long gouges+chucks and adapters in the drawers and cabinet.

I plan to put the Midi Lathe and grinder on it. 37 high and 18 inches deep. 72 inches wide.

Basically the same Montezuma 72 inch chest but painted black and with an MDF top is on sale at northern Tool for 899

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 11:41 PM

If you were to ask me 37” is too high for a lathe bench.

I built a new bench when I got my Nova midi, the bench top is 32” from the finished floor. The spindle center to the floor is 45.5” from the floor. I am 5’11”, this feels like a very comfortable working height for me.

I know it is only 5” but it made a huge difference for me. I also keep my Ridgid spindle sander on this bench, more comfortable height for it as well.

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#2 posted 12-09-2014 03:34 AM

Joey my regular bench is right at 36.5 where it has lived for 8 years.
I have 12.5 inches base to spindle center on my delta midi.
so this mobile cabinet measured 37.5…. which makes my spindle center right at 50 inches.

It will be 1 inch taller than what it is right now, but I gain the storage under it and the mobility, which is key in my small shop.

I am figuring that if the extra inch bothers me, I will cut 2 pieces of 3/4 MDF and lay them in front of the bench, with my antifatigue mat on top…

Alternatively – I suppose I could go to smaller diameter casters… or make a true platform… or take the 2 inch top off, but that one is listed last as it would be a last resort.
My wife uses the lathe at the current bench and she is 5’9…. but we will see.

I know I can always find a good use for a 6 foot bank of storage drawers…. could be a good Miter saw station too.

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