Scrap wood lathe cabinet

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 06-18-2017 12:10 PM 1992 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been turning a lot lately. I always drag my humble little lathe outside to make things as clean up is easier.

I only used scrap wood and pieced together plywood and junk hinges from some bi-fold doors. The sides came from an old mdf table we had.

I used an old can of spray paint to make the door panels match.

My grinder is on hinges from another door we took off on the house.

Fun and useful build.

Thanks in advance,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 06-18-2017 12:19 PM

simply but efective,good work

-- bambi

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#2 posted 06-18-2017 01:27 PM

Some very good solutions here. It’s practical that grinder is just here when you need it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-18-2017 01:53 PM

I have that same lathe how double you like yours

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 06-18-2017 01:53 PM

Just looking at how nice this is makes you want to go to work on it. Very nice!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 06-18-2017 04:19 PM

That’s a good looking cabinet

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 06-18-2017 07:23 PM

Nice looking and very practical cabinet. I see more and more people making cabinets to take outside to ease up on clean up when done. This is practical if you have the means and of course if the weather permits. like most I suppose I am challenged in the space department so this appeals to me.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 06-18-2017 08:25 PM

This is a wonderful base cabinet for a lathe. It has a lot of nice space for accessories and tools and it will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-18-2017 08:59 PM

I love turning, but it is messy, you have a great idea. My lathe is too big to move, but I get to stand on a layer of soft shavings when I do a lot of turning.

-- Fredj

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#9 posted 06-18-2017 09:32 PM

What a fabulous answer for a tight spaced shop Kaleb,work in the fresh air & easy clean up, :-)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 06-19-2017 12:28 AM

That is a fine looking and very useful cabinet, Kaleb. It shows you put a lot of thought into the design which came out to be very workable.
I used to roll my lathe out of the barn but then it got too cold outside, then too hot , then the wind blew the chips all over so I had a heck of job sweeping…then I got a bigger and heavier lathe and it has to stay in one place.

I really like that idea of the grinder to be close by. I had mine designed on the back at first but then it got in the way of the work so I finally put it on the wall…... but that flip up design is really slick!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#11 posted 06-19-2017 12:44 AM

Thanks a million guys! Really appreciate all the nice comments

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 06-20-2017 01:13 PM

Kudos from a guy who is all about making stuff out of scrap wood. Nice work. It will definitely make using the lathe that much more enjoyable.

-- Ed

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