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Forum topic by Joseph Crivelli posted 08-20-2009 02:26 PM 4373 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joseph Crivelli

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08-20-2009 02:26 PM

I’m planning to purchase the Jet JWL-1220VS Lathe (708376VS) in the next few months. I want to build a wooden stand for the lathe based on the available space. The manual has the dimensions as 41”x12”x15 1/2”.

A. Will a 36”x18” platform be adequate?
Based on plans I’ve found in various books, magazines, and websites, I,ve devised a 36”x
18”x 36” stand constructed of framing lumber and ¾” plywood.

B. How large should the opening in the bench top for the motor (as noted on Page 8 of the manual) be?

Thank you!


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#1 posted 08-20-2009 04:17 PM

Have you considered building a cabinet. That way you have storage too. It might also be sturdier than just frame work. You could add drawers or doors, or both.

B. The opening size is not critical—Maybe about the size of the motor itself. That said, I have a bench-top Jet lathe. I just clear the shavings occasionally.


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#2 posted 08-20-2009 05:15 PM

Thank you, Kent!

I’ve planned so I could add storage as needed. I just want to get started now.


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#3 posted 08-20-2009 06:09 PM

An old pine roofing beam provided the material for my lathe stand …

It turned out to be very solid.

A more up to date picture …

Regards from Perth


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