Beetle Kill Pine Lathe Stand

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Project by TravisH posted 07-22-2014 03:03 AM 16541 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bought the lathe a while back and finally got around to making the lathe stand. Went to the big box stores to get some wood and was surprised to see that beetle kill pine had made its way into the store. Really enjoyed working with the beetle kill over other pine as it worked a lot easier and a little more visually appealing I think.

Beetle kill pine used for all except the false bottom in base and drawer bottoms (1/2 ply). I also installed ash drawer slides and so far everything slides silky smooth. Around 120 pounds of sand in the false bottom wrapped in a few drum liners and then some thick plastic sheeting just in case.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-22-2014 03:28 AM

Looks great. If you put some finish on it, the color really comes out.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-22-2014 03:33 AM

I love the wood and the splayed legs. Great design that is not your typical cabinet carcass.

Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-22-2014 05:22 AM

Looks great indeed. I like the style. Similar to the one I built. Only Nicer.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 07-22-2014 11:01 AM

Monte, I had thought about putting a finish on it and still might. I had did a few test pieces and wasn’t happy with what I had on hand as it started to bring yellow hues forward. Guess I shouldn’t be too concerned with it as it is a workshop piece and maybe should try something to work on some finishing skills.

I was a little apprehensive at first with going with the design because I started to wonder about body position relative to the lathe. I have not been turning very long, with most of my experience being on a Craftsman Mini Lathe pushing it’s capacity (night and day difference). So far with the limited turning I have done on the Delta it is comfortable and feels “right”.

Dave, I had to go take a look at your stand, definitely very similar. I wished I had come across yours when searching as would have speed up some of my decisions (less time with a ruler and pencil). I thought about trying to get some low storage like you incorporated and likely should have instead of going with weight as right now not for sure how important it will end up being.

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#5 posted 07-22-2014 11:26 AM

A very nice lathe stand indeed Travis, I was surprised to hear that bug kill pine has made it’s way into the big box stores, when I read the title of you post I thought you were a local here in the Black hills.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 07-22-2014 11:26 AM

I thing it looks great and Ill have to start look for that pine.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 04:09 PM


-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 10:21 PM

The stand looks great but is it too low to the ground? Looks like it might be uncomfortable to work on it.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 10:51 PM

I went with the spindle of the lathe being slightly above my elbow height philosophy. So far (limited turning time) it has felt natural. The spindle height falls about 46 inches.

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#10 posted 07-23-2014 01:45 AM

This looks great. I need to build one of these too. I’m going to use your design as inspiration.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 07-23-2014 02:04 AM

Sort of a sawhorse, sort of a chest of drawers…. completely awesome. Love that BKP and what you did with it.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#12 posted 07-23-2014 10:05 AM

You can use a coat of tung oil and then water based poly. It will keep the lighter colors light.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 07-23-2014 11:19 AM

Thanks for all the comments guys. It was fun build and has changed my opinion on pine a lot. Monte I will give the tung followed by poly a try as I could see utilizing beetle kill in other projects in the future.

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#14 posted 02-26-2015 01:32 AM

Completely unique and gorgeous… would be perfect for my SS 10er as well! Hmmmm

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#15 posted 07-22-2017 11:52 PM

Looks great, may have to steal your design lol

-- Max, GEORGIA, http://shopdawgwoodworking. com

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