Heavy Duty- Moveable Lathe Stand for Nova DVR

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 01-11-2010 01:43 AM 11509 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The new lathe required a better stand than my Jet lathe table. (Wheels and lathes don’t really go well togther due to vibration problems).

I wanted to take a shot at building one myself. This has splayed legs, is very heavy BUT also has the ability to be moved when I clean shop or have to service my dust collection system which runs in the same corner.

Constuction of the legs is with 4”x6” pressure treated lumber sandwiched between two 3/4” plywood pieces. Legs are about 5 inches thick. About 250 screws hold the table together.

The table top is 4 pieces of MDF and plywood with some oak trim. The lathe is elevated with the blocks to allow me to place lathe tools on the table and to allow for easy dust removal.

The shelf for the sand is made with 2×6’s. Very stable so far…

The wheel assembly is the interesting part…..

When the pipes are pressed down, and wheels in “wheels down” position, the legs lift the table up 1/2” for “very” easy movement.

Here’s how it works, when leveraged, the wheels hit the floor and the two dangling pieces of 2”x2” oak, hinge in and lock onto the wheel mechanisms. This holds the wheels down until it’s moved. Works like a charm. This rig weighs in close to 600 pounds and but is very stable in “wheels up” mode.

Well sort of….., everything was working great until I added the ballast weight of two 60 pound bags of sand on the shelf and the two 50 pound round weights on the left outside legs. (The lift “design” worked great with just the lathe and the weight of the table, which is about 350 pounds).

With the ballast weight, the pipe levers are now much harder to press down, (no real big surprise) and one of the 2×6” lumber holding the left wheels started with a small crack. To move it , I’ve have to either take the ballast weight off or replace the wheel holders with 2”x6” tubular steel. Any other ideas are welcome for sure!

I’m not sure how long the MDF table top will last but I could replace it with a solid oak or maple top if it becomes and issue.

As for now, this table up took about 12 hours to build for about $100.

Very happy so far, now for more helmets. :-)

Now , you might be thinking, what about those big bowls? I turned this walnut bowl last night, started with a chunk about about twice this size. As I started cutting into the stock, I noticed a “shiny object” ??. Turns out, there was a very old 6d nail buried in there. Looked handmade and by the time I cut around the nail , the bowl got pretty small.

I usually check my flat lumber with a metal detector but now I’ll start checking my bowl blanks also. Live and learn!

Bob Jan 10, 2010

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 02:15 AM

Looks good to me. I need to build one pretty soon for my lathe. but I think I’ll be using some seasoned Maple for the tree farm.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 02:56 AM

Great stand….thanks for sharing….now to find a decent priced DVR like last years sale that Woodcraft had…..$500 off….hopefully I can see another promo like that this year. Bob thanks for sharing…


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#3 posted 01-11-2010 03:12 AM


Yes, I agree. I took advantage of that sale in October. For the most part, I really like this lathe a lot. I have a few complaints about it though. The bed is a little short, most lathes in his price range have a 36” bed. This one is only about 20” which almost makes you spend the other $250 for the factory extension. So far, since I bought this mainly for bowls, it has not been too much of a problem and I did make the “cheap and easy” verison of the bed extension to make the baseball bats, which were of limited quantity. The other thing I was unhappy about was the machined finish on the bed. The banjo and tail stock assmebly moved very roughly until I spent about 45 minutes with a mill file to clean up the bed.

Other wise, this is an awesome lathe, tons of power and a safety feature with turns the lathe off if it detects a catch. The programable variable speed buttons are a great feature also.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 04:29 AM

Great job Bob. With all the weight there should be little vibration. Now you need to add a tool caddy :-)

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 04:35 AM


As of matter of fact, that’s the next project. One of the reasons I made this “not as deep” as my last table is I plan to build a lathe tool holder, to be attached to the wall so all tools are easy to see, easy to access and easy to clean off with compressed air.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 04:42 AM

That’s how I have mine set up. I made it out of scrap 3/4 ply and have it angled toward the floor. to allow the chips to slide off (that doesn’t work that great) I have it mounted to the wall behind the lathe. It’s not pretty but it works.

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 06:14 AM

I know why your bowls are so big…’re waiting for the domestic goddess to whip you up a pot of home made beef soup!! Man there is nothing better to eat in the cold of Winter than home made soup!! MMMMM!!!! Nice stand!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 01-12-2010 03:43 PM

Found it… The wheels are cool. I think that having it mobile makes moving it (for eventual clean-up) much more likely. I’ll be looking for the upgrades we talked about soon…

-- Steven

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 12:04 AM

I know this is an old post but I just bought the Nova DVR XP lathe and I’m trying to design a stand for it. I have a few questions I’d like to ask you. How did you attach the lathe to the stand with the blocks in between, or should I ask how did you attach the blocks? I see you have built other workbenches since then. Would you design the wheel lift system different?

-- Rod, Miami

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