Lathe Stand #3: The Daily Grind

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Blog entry by Jarred posted 01-08-2015 04:10 AM 1454 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I learned early on that turning tends to dull tools rather efficiently. Before we moved my workbench, which had the lathe bolted on, was right next to some shelves, where I bolted the grinder. These were fairly tight quarters, and the grinder was close by anytime I was on the lathe. Now that I had a bigger garage, I couldn’t find a location for the grinder near where the lathe stand was stored. My original lathe stand design did not leave enough surface to add the grinder to the top of the stand, and I would had to add an extension (or walk across the garage to some counter space). I decided to make the extension out of (you guessed it!) scrap plywood. At the time being I had some junk stored behind the lathe stand and had left a recessed area built into the stand to increase space efficiency, so I decided to add the extension to the end of the stand (away from the motor) rather than behind it.

By the time I redesigned the stand, I had moved the stuff I had stored between the lathe and the wall, and I had not been fond of the position of the grinder. I decided to move it to the back of the table. I cut a new piece of scrap plywood to be flush with the back edge of the stand, drilled holes for the ¼” bolts to secure the grinder, and placed two small 90 degree brackets underneath to support the extension. The weight of the grinder on this small extension made me nervous, and I added a plywood support bracket underneath. A little black paint, and voila!

Close-up of the grinder in position:

Showing it’s good side:

-- My projects are imperfect in every way, just like their creator. Their creator loves them nonetheless, just like mine.

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