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Lathe stand upgrade

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 12-29-2008 01:35 AM 6058 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have posted more information a blog about this upgrade project to my lathe. I have built a couple of tool holding units for my lathe but nothing really stood out as a great upgrade. American Woodworker magazine issue #137 September 2008 had plans to build what looked to be a really neat under the lathe bed storage unit. Ray Lanham (lumberjock AKA reymundo42) designed this under the lathe storage system. If you want to see some other great stuff visit Ray’s website at www.coeur-de-larbe.com and see the everything he does.
After taking some measurements I decided to make a few changes to the plans that would suit my lathe (a Jet 1442) and my needs. I was able to put almost 150 pounds of sand in the ballast box which is attached to the leg units of the lathe. The box itself was built out of left over scraps from other projects. 2inch PVC pipe is cut to length and inserted in holes drilled at a 45 degree angle. 1inch diameter pipe insulation is custom cut to length to fit each tool. I then turned a 2inch diameter disc (1/4inch thick) and attached that disc to the pipe insulation with duct tape before inserting into the PVC. I also put a piece of duct tape across the bottom of each PVC tube. A storage area is underneath the tools and has a drop down door to keep dust and shavings out.

I labeled all the tools to make it easier to get them back in their respective slots. This project has really increased my productivity by keeping all my tools organized and right where I need them. The only downside to this set up is that some dust and shavings get into the PVC tubes, but when I am ready to clean up I just put my shop vac hose down each tube and suck up all the junk.

I have also built a home made vacuum system for this lathe and will get that project up as well.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.





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BigEd

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 01:48 AM

This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen for storing lathe tools. Excellent work!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 02:37 AM

Thanks for the suggestion bentlyj – I will give it a try tomorrow and let you know how it works out.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 02:48 AM

Jeff, That is an awesome idea! I hope you don’t mind me barrowing it…

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 12-29-2008 02:51 AM

Great idea Jeff. A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-29-2008 04:05 AM

I like this alot. Thanks for posting! I think the piano hinge idea would just keep me piling up my tools on the table behind me though…good to keep dust out of the tubes, but takes away from the ease of moving from gouges to scrapers…and so on…Anyway, thanks for posting!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 12-29-2008 04:14 AM

I have another thought to keep the dust and shavings out of the tubes. If I am not turning tomorrow I will whip something up and post it.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#7 posted 12-29-2008 01:14 PM

I really like this, it’s a great idea.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 08:21 PM

Very impressive! A 12 stick-shift lathe! I like the extra storage too. I would love to see your vacuum system. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 12-31-2008 03:51 AM

Great Idea.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 01-12-2009 06:06 AM

Hey Jeff and the rest of you guys, I’m so glad you liked my project but please don’t take credit for it. If you’ll look on the first page of the article you’ll see my name. American Woodworker was kind enough to work with me and we came up with the “outside the box” tool storage. My original project which you can see at WoodCentral Shop Shots, http://www.woodcentral.com/shots/shot852.shtml, had the tool storage inside the front cover. Either way it’s a great project and I hope my work continues to inspire yours. Please visit my website : www.coeur-de-larbre.com and take a look at the other projects on my project page.

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#11 posted 01-12-2009 05:20 PM

Lumberjocks, I referenced American Woodworker magazine as the source for the lathe stand upgrade project. Ray Lanham (aka lumberjock reymundo42) designed this project and worked with American Woodworker to make it a reality. I apologize if anyone got the impression that I designed the project.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#12 posted 10-17-2009 05:52 AM

Thanks Jeff for setting the record straight. I appreciate your willingness to make things clear. Reading the story and seeing your project, would have made it easy for the viewer to think that it was your idea. You are to be commended for your honesty.

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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#14 posted 11-11-2009 03:14 AM

I missed this the first time around, moving to a new shop has me rethinking my dust and shaving magnet of a tool stand, so now I’m looking at everybodys! I really like the tool storage idea here, and thanks for the link to Rays site:
www.coeur-de-larbe.com
I’ve been a bit of a lumberjock in absentia these last months and am finding the online woodworking world has been keeping fast apace!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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