My Version of Lathe Stand with Storage

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Project by Sandy posted 11-15-2017 04:53 PM 2279 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had purchased a Delta Mini Lathe a number of years ago. Shortly thereafter, I purchased the Delta Lathe stand, which is essentially two upright metal posts, each having a T-shaped bottom with wheels at each end. Before too long, the whole thing became quite wobbly, as the metal used for the portion to which the wheels were attached was entirely too flimsy. Also, the “open” nature of that design meant that chips went everywhere, and that there was zero storage available. I recently saw a design for a lathe stand with storage on As I still had LOTS of scrap plywood and MDF, along with some leftover pieces of maple in my shop (even after making the Folding MFT-style Bench with Router Table that I posted on here), I decided to make a somewhat modified version of the Lathe Stand. This is the result.

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#1 posted 11-15-2017 04:56 PM

Bench looks nice but it sure looks like you have to lean over it quite a bit while doing your lathe work…......or extend your arms a great deal. Seems like it should be mounted closer to the edge for comfort.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 11-15-2017 05:00 PM

Yep looks very nice despite being low.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 11-15-2017 05:19 PM

@ohwoodsys… Actually, I simply placed the lathe there to take the photo. I will work with it before permanently bolting the lathe to the top.

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#4 posted 11-15-2017 05:23 PM

@sodabowski… As I said in my comments, I had to “redesign” the bench to take advantage of the scrap plywood that I had cluttering up my shop. I realized that it might be about 1” – 1 1/2” lower than i might have wanted, but I reasoned that if I don’t like it, I can always add “blocks” between the casters and the bottom of the bench in order to raise it up.

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#5 posted 11-16-2017 12:39 AM

very nice work..

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#6 posted 11-16-2017 12:56 AM

Good looking bench

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 11-16-2017 01:04 AM

WTF is not top of that bench?

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#8 posted 11-16-2017 01:14 AM

Nice bench.You could always add blocks if your not comfortable with the turning height-I did..

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#9 posted 11-16-2017 03:32 AM

Nice looking bench, with some good storage underneath.

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

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#10 posted 11-16-2017 09:44 AM

@sunshine2012, @Rick_M, @jeff, and @woodbutcherbynight… Thank you all for your kind comments.

@richardchaos… ??? Top is MDF

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#11 posted 11-16-2017 01:55 PM

This is a wonderful lathe stand and is a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 11-16-2017 02:08 PM

Wow all 3 of the top 3 projects are by you right now, don’t think i’ve seen that before…awesome job!

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#13 posted 11-16-2017 05:10 PM

Very well done. I had the identical lathe only with the bed extension. You are right their “stand” is very plain, this should serve you very well. Good job.

Shimming underneath the stand might give you more foot room anyway….good plan.

-- Mike

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#14 posted 11-17-2017 11:15 AM

@helluvawreck… Thank you for the comment. I hope it works out, as the Delta stand was a total disaster.

@Notw… I was also amazed. Go figure, but thanks to all who made it happen.

@moke… Thank you for the comment. I actually purchased (and still have in the original, sealed box) the extension, but I have never had reason to use it, yet. I hope that if I do ever want to use it, it will fit on the new stand. I understand that I can put spacer blocks between the casters and base, or build a “base” to put under lathe. We’ll see how it works out.

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#15 posted 11-19-2017 05:20 AM

This is on my “To-Do” list. Great job on the build. I also saw the FixThisBuildThat build, which gave me the inspiration to plan to build one. I just need time to do it. I have 3 projects that I HAVE to complete first though.

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