Lathe Table

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Project by EOD_Eric posted 08-18-2009 11:51 PM 1968 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pictures of my slapped together lathe table. It was made with just scrap wood and, after numerous drained batteries, I gave up on joinery, drilling and screws and went to hammer and nails…not pretty, but much faster and functional. Legs are 4×4 posts and the top and sides are random dimensions of plywood. Sandbags run through the inside. Cinder blocks in the front and back give a little extra stability to the table, although it is probably overkill. After a few trips of dusitng off and carrying that lathe, I decided to make a cover for the top. That allows me to keep it out side, protected from the dust and from walking off (I have the cover locked down). Its much faster to get to turning now and the cover doubles as a table to hold my gouges and chucks behind me. It ain’t pretty, but I am much more interested in turning than in building a high quality stand.

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 12:53 AM

Looks like it will serve it purpose well. have fun turning.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 08-19-2009 02:25 AM

Thanks for the picture, Eric. As I said in your blog you certainly used some ingenuity on this construction. I think it is safe to say that you have been bitten by the turning bug. Carrying the lathe half-way around the world and working in 110 degrees + is certainly going above and beyond the call of duty.

Enjoy yourself and keep safe.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 07:44 AM

Functional is the main thing. As long as it works for you, that is all that matters.

Keep an eye on those nails. You may not feel much vibration but the table will. The nails will not stay put as well as screws.

Keep on turning!


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 10:51 PM

Looks like it serves what it was built for.

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