Lathe Stand

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Project by smitty22 posted 09-07-2014 07:06 PM 2070 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Embarking on a new phase of woodworking, I needed a base for the lathe that wife gave me for birthday, and it seems to work very well so far.

The bench design was adapted form Sam Allen’s “Making Workbenches” book, just downsized a bit to 48” x 15”. The doweled joint construction with truss rods in the stretchers is very rigid, surprised me. My SketchUp plan made this a pretty quick 3-day weekend build, no glitches for a change! Plan is available to anyone who needs it.

The top is just laminations ripped from some reasonably straight 2×6 Douglas fir, ended up at about 2 1/2” thick after surface planing and a bit of work with the Stanley #5, very solid! Casters from Rockler’s since most everything in my garage shop needs to be moveable, seem to work well.

Shelf is some salvaged 3/4” cedar, end trim is scrap maple with 3/8” oak pins (my first turning attempt) to tie it all together, then the whole thing finished with two coats of teak oil.

Now to Turn, Turn, Turn!

Thanks for looking,

-- Smitty

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 07:08 PM

This is a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 12:17 AM

Looks like the fit is just right for the lathe, great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 11:38 AM

Looks good n stout Dale. To everything, turn turn turn. Work/Play safe. Keep throwing those chips. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 01:46 PM

Thanks guys, not ‘fine woodworking’, but sure is something I can keep instead of ending up as a gift like most of my projects. Problem is, a lathe can make lots of ‘gifts’!

Roger, I figured there would be plenty of LJ’s who remembered 1965: Byrds “Turn, Turn, Turn”, Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Dave Clark Five, Monkeys, Rolling Stones, and the rest of the ‘British Invasion. (Of course, Viet Nam too.)


-- Smitty

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 08:55 PM

Definitely a very useful addition to your shop! Hello to more efficient wood turning!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 02-13-2019 06:55 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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