Lathe Stand with Extension

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Project by Brett StClair posted 07-08-2010 05:52 PM 5264 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there fellow L’jocks,
Last year during a Rockler anniversary sales event I picked up one of their Excelsior mini lathes.
Since my shop has limited space I needed a stand that had a fairly small footprint but could be expanded to allow for the extension. I came up with what you see in the pictures.

The legs are welded steel that bolt to the cabinet and top. I modeled the lift mechanism after the Ridgid Hurc-u-lift bases. The cabinet and top is made from 1/2” baltic birch plywood and some left over african mahogany that I had lying around after my dresser project.

Not shown is a drawer that I’ve since added between the top and cabinet.

Looking back I wish I would have made the top as deep as the cabinet and drawer but alas it is what it is. It works pretty well and fits well in my shop.

I look forward to any comments you might have and feel free to ask questions if you like.
Thanks for looking.
B. St.Clair

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 06:16 PM

I bought the same lathe and have the same space issues. I was not going to get the extension as would not have room for it. But this makes it simple. Thanks for the idea, and great cabinet.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 06:29 PM

pretty ingenious design.
nice job!

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 06:37 PM

Nice cabinet… you have any more details on the lift? I have been trying to come up with something to make my nova more portable. I’d love to pull it out of my cramped garage and let the chips fly in the driveway.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 06:46 PM

Awesome! I may just attempt a rip off copy for my shop mini lathe.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet -

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 08:10 PM

Very nice! I bought the same lathe when it was on sale as well.

You now have a stand which is worth more than you paid for the tool you built it for. LOL!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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