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Forum topic by Whiskers posted 05-07-2013 05:01 AM 1435 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2013 05:01 AM

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.

Overview pic:

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.

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 06:03 AM

Looks well thought out and should help to minimize vibration.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 06:24 AM

nice build and drawers on the bottom will be even better…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 06:58 AM

I’ve started the framing for the cabinet in the bottom, and really looking forward to building drawers. Never made drawers but going to become a expert soon i think. I’ve built a couple other cabinets i haven’t posted about yet and they need them too.

For those who may be curious, those casters are woodtek casters. I went with them over those offered by Rockler or Woodcraft etc cause they had good reviews and just looked better than some of the other designs I saw. I’m glad I did. These are solid heavy casters and their design is so simplistic. KISS! If you need step down casters for a work bench or something heavy I thoroughly recommend them.

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 10:39 AM

Good stand! You might contact some tree services for wood. Or just stop when you wee them working and ask what kind of wood they are cutting. I have a hard time identifying wood species without the leaves. They could let you know when/if they have a job cutting down quality wood like maple, cherry, etc.

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#5 posted 05-09-2013 01:03 AM

Finished the framing for the under cabinet today as well as built a couple skids. One for my PC drill press and another for my dorky little HF workbench. No pictures to add yet cause I haven’t painted nothing yet. Would have got it done but had a surprise little shower while I was putting the first primer layer on and did a panic run back into the garage with it all. Turned out the rain quit by the time I got everything inside and the sun was back up. Grrr! I like to build my cabinet frames first, than cut my plywood sides and back etc and paint everything before I finally assemble cause i got a color scheme going. I still got everything primed but lost my sun to “cure” everything. Using cheap materials for shop stuff like I do I find one disadvantage is you have to do a lot of filling and sanding to make things look good, and no matter how good it seems to look the first time around, there is always a few spots that need touching up with a little more plaster and primer and you can’t see them til you get that first smooth coat of primer on it.

Guess it’s a good thing I’m the patient type.

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#6 posted 05-09-2013 02:12 AM

Nice stand, very similar to one I made for my lathe. In fact, my lathe looks a lot like yours, except that its green, and it came from Harbor Freight.
I too wanted to try turning, but didn’t want to spend a lot of cash for something I might not enjoy. Turns out I like turning, just haven’t come up with a project for the lathe yet.
Enjoy the lathe, make something nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 05-09-2013 02:23 AM

Oldtool I never doubted I would enjoy turning wood. Just didn’t have the tools etc for it. I have interestingly enough turned metal. Took a machinist class in college on the way to my Accounting degree. LOL, real relevant to my career path.. I do now have a highly recommended basic starter set of turning tools from harbor freight, at least according to this and other forums. Despite their source they look and feel really good. I sharpened them up as best I can, still learning that too,

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#8 posted 05-18-2013 05:03 AM

I’ve got the cabinet in, still can’t make drawers though cause Rockler promised the adapter for my router on the 23rd of April, and today they tell me maybe they can deliver June 13th. Can’t make drawers til I do one of 3 things.

Get a adapter for my bosch router for PC templates and use my PC dovetail jig (Easiest)
Build a router table for my PC 7518 and Incra 25 LS positioner (Best)
Or figure out how to do it by hand. (lol)

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