lathe stand upgrade

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Blog series by jeffthewoodwacker updated 01-02-2009 04:11 AM 3 parts 28108 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Lathe Stand upgrade

12-28-2008 01:17 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 4 comments »

I had tried several different ways to store my turning tools and accessories and remembered an article that was in issue #137 September 2008 American Woodworker (page 52), original design idea by Ray Lanham. This is a simple stand that is built under the lathe bed between the legs. The stand incorporates a ballast box that holds sand. I altered the plans to fit my lathe. This project was built from plywood I had left over from other projects. The PVC pipe is 2 inches in diameter. I cut...

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Part 2: lathe stand storage

12-29-2008 01:08 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 2 comments »

Here are a couple of shots of the storage area under the turning tools. Some dust and shavings do get into the PVC pipes, but when I am ready to clean up I just vacuum each tube out with my shop vac. I am building some custom storage to put inside this cabinet – stay tuned for this upgrade!

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Part 3: vacuum chuck

01-02-2009 04:11 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 7 comments »

I have always wanted to have a dedicated vacuum chuck for my lathe but didn’t want to pay the high cost. After doing a lot of research and talking to turners that had built their own system I decided build my own vacuum chuck. The two systems most used are the vacuum pump system and the vacuum generator system which uses an air compressor. I built my system with a vacuum pump. New vacuum pumps are $444.95 and rebuilt pumps are $150.00 and up. I picked up a 3/4 hp pump on Craigslist...

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