Mini Lathe Stand for a Mini Turner

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Blog entry by RVroman posted 12-29-2012 06:43 PM 5113 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was not exactly sure where to post this, it is a finished project, but it just did not seem right for that. So the blog seems to be the “catchall” category.

Here is a mini mini lathe stand for a 12×16 Rikon that arrived on 12/25. It was put together out of scrap wood I had around and a couple of unused drawer slides. The top has a 2×4 frame with a 2×12 top, the legs are cut from a 2×12, and both 1/2 and 3/4 ply were used for the drawer and weight box which has 50 pounds of sand in it.

It was build with basic screw and glue joinery, except the legs. They are attached with three 5/16×3 lag screws for each one. This is so they can be replaced as needed over the years. (Currently the spindle is at 33” from the floor, but that will need to increase on an annual basis.)

The one thing I did not think about is how difficult it is going to be for me to do demos. However I was able to use it yesterday for just that reason, but I definitely would not want to turn on it for any length of time.

Here is the completed stand with lathe in place

There is 50 pounds of sand in the base. The box was not big enough to hold the sand bag as it came from the store, so I lined the box with a contractor trash bag and transferred the sand to it.

I made the drawer as deep as I could thinking I would have to build some type of internal organizer for the gouges, but I got lucky and their box fit with just a bit of “persuasion”

Here is the proud new owner. His one disappointment is that this was finished at just about his bedtime, so he had to wait until the next morning to use it.

The next morning he was ready to get to work. He had a custom order pencil to match a pen which had been bought a few days ago (I let him mix some of his pens in with mine at the galleries I work with, but they have his own tag and on the back an explanation that he is an 8 year old woodworker/entrepreneur, etc).

He was excited about having his tools where he could get them, rather then them being on the wall with mine and out of his reach. (However, the two switches which control power to the entire garage are still well out of his reach, as well as my wife’s, so no worries about unsupervised activities)

Taking it for its first “spin”. I was having such a “proud dad” moment that I did not catch the sleeves until a few minutes after taking this picture. (shame on me for that one)

Here he is with the finished product. He does almost all the work including the measuring, cutting the blank on the bandsaw, drilling the blank, roughing the insert, turning, assembly, etc. The only parts I will not let him do yet are the actual gluing of the insert (I can only imagine the CA/fingers stuck nightmare), and using the disc sander to square the ends.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 07:24 PM

Young man, that is a fantastic pen! Keep chargin!!!!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 07:28 PM

Beautiful Pen! Keep it up!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 07:50 PM

It is great that so many are bringing there kids into woodworking. I am not a pen turner, but my son watched the demos at last years woodworking show. He may try and actually turn one next time!

Great looking pen, cheers.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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#4 posted 12-30-2012 04:03 PM

Very cool.


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#5 posted 03-22-2013 04:20 AM

Great post. I like the tool drawer. The pen looks amazing. Looks like lots of family fun.

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 01:22 AM

I missed this when it was first posted but found it looking for information about lathe stands. He did a great job and I do hope he is still turning. My daughter is now 7 and enjoys making things on the lathe a lot. We have a new lathe for the shop and I am looking forward to getting her working on it as soon as I get a chance.

Great work on the stand and thanks for the information.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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