Lathe stand/station

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Project by Kennethjg posted 07-06-2016 10:02 PM 4876 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but I haven’t had the chance to roll it out in the open til today.
I had my lathe on a bench top and I just didn’t like it there because it was a bit too high to be comfortable and it was up against a wall, so every time I turned something, I had shavings all over the place that were hard to clean up.
So after a little research on a good height to have it, and browsing LJ for some ideas for a plan that worked for me, I set aside a day to build one.
I didn’t wanna have to buy any material, so I used whatever I had on hand. It’s mainly 6/4 poplar, but there’s also some western red cedar, and some maple in there.
I’m a cabinet maker, so I built it like a cabinet maker would: I built 4 face frames, around plywood (which I ended up having to buy) shelves.
I accomplished my goal of building and staining it (so It wouldn’t look like a Frankenstein stand) in one day, then added the extras over the next few weeks as I had time.
I made the tool rack on the side for my meager collection of turning tools, made a flip-down base for casters so I can roll it out in the open (which makes clean-up so much easier), and then I bought the divider and file folders at Target to separate the different sand paper grits. Also, I added a power strip to the underside of the top shelf so everything can be plugged in.
On the bottom shelf I keep a box with different chuck jaws, tools, tips, and anything else Lathe-related. And inevitably, some lumber and other stuff made its way down there.
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
It’s nice and heavy, stable, but still somewhat mobile.
Let me know what you think!

-- It ain't custom unless you fucked it up.

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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 07-06-2016 11:02 PM

Nice looking stand. I like the idea of having the grinder / sharpening station attached and handy.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 07-07-2016 03:00 AM

Well built lathe stand. I also like that you made a holder for some of the tools on it.

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

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#3 posted 07-07-2016 06:36 AM

I like that tool rack.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 07-07-2016 07:39 AM

Hello Kennethjg

A cool stand with a good idea for the tools
A good use of a small place

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 07-07-2016 11:12 AM


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