Our new lathe #1: the lathe...part 1 setup

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Blog entry by BB1 posted 03-10-2016 03:03 AM 1611 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After encouragement from a number of LJ we bought the HF 12×36 lathe. After seeing the nice setups others have posted I decided to try to dress ours up a bit for my husband (although to be honest I hope to utilize it too!). I assembled the stand and then cut and drilled some holes in aluminum angle to go between the feet. That holds my 2×4 base floor which is also screwed to a plywood sheet (the plywood is under the feet…counter sunk the hardware so it can rest directly on the mobile base we plan to add). Thus the feet of the stand are sandwiched between the plywood and the aluminum angle with the 2×4. Added some side panels (mimicked a design by Lee, luvtolearn). Will slide in 4 cement blocks for some added weight. Also installed a mdf shelf and then a case with a couple of drawers. I plan on making some dividers and tools holders once we get rolling and know what items we want in what location. On top of the case I added a frame so items on the surface won’t roll off. Next will be actually get the lathe mounted on the stand. Not sure our week of spring break is long enough!!!

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#1 posted 03-10-2016 03:12 AM

Nice. Looks like a good start !

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#2 posted 03-10-2016 03:36 AM

Not sure why the box front picture isn’t appearing…so adding it here

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 08:47 PM

Did an outstanding job with stand and those draws, let us see some turnings soon.

Good luck with it!

-- Bill

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