handsawgeek's Lathe Stand: A Hand Tool Build For a Tailed Appliance #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 08-01-2014 09:57 PM 1961 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife likes to make vases out of aspen wood on the lathe.

I use the lathe once in awhile to knock out an occasional spindle thingie for a project or a tool handle.

At the moment, the lathe lives on the main workbench in the garage half of my woodworking shops.

It is there because it spews out a lot of wood shavings and dust: too much to allow it to reside in the basement annex. Bad lathe!

The main workbench on which the lathe is mounted is also built onto the garage wall. This means that whenever the lathe is in operation, the wall rattles. The same wall divides the garage with the foyer and hallway inside the house.

On those occasions where a workpiece on the lathe is out of round, or a dull tool causes excess chatter, the wall rattles mercilessly. So much so, that it has been known to dislodge pictures hanging on the hallway side.

Not a good engineering idea to mount the lathe in this manner. Bad handsawgeek !

So, now I have offered to build a freestanding lathe pedestal to solve this problem. This pedestal is going to be built Neander-style.

I invite you all to enjoy the ride with me. Stay tuned.

A chunk o’ aspen all chucked up and ready to rattle the daylights out of the house !

-- Ed

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