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Lathe Bed Extender from 24” to 54”

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Project by mdzehr posted 02-20-2019 01:58 PM 813 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m working on a new pulpit for our church and some of the elements will require lathe work that is longer than my mini lathe can handle. So I used a couple of oak two by sixes, a small scrap of 3/4” plywood, a few screws, hanger bolts and an old iron bed frame to build a bed extension that more than doubled the capacity of my Jet JWL 1220. I was more than impressed with how stable the extension was and how well it worked.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 02-20-2019 02:13 PM

WOW !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 02-20-2019 02:18 PM

Thanks Dick.


WOW !

- recycle1943


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 02-20-2019 02:24 PM

GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 02-20-2019 02:27 PM

Thanks Tony. Necessity is the mother of invention and I’m too cheap to shell out bucks for something that I can have fun making.


GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#5 posted 02-20-2019 02:40 PM

Good old Pennsylvania Dutch ingenuity!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-20-2019 02:51 PM

Wood does the job with lots of strength, the metal on the top is a great idea.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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mdzehr

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#7 posted 02-20-2019 03:18 PM

Thanks Lew.


Good old Pennsylvania Dutch ingenuity!

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 02-20-2019 03:20 PM

Thanks Brian. The angle metal was to add rigidity as well as to provide a smooth working track for the tail stock.


Wood does the job with lots of strength, the metal on the top is a great idea.

- bushmaster


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#9 posted 02-20-2019 03:33 PM

Excellent idea and well executed. Plus did not melt the credit card!!!

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

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#10 posted 02-20-2019 03:40 PM

What a really wonderful post. I have a Nova 16-24 and a friend wants a cane that is about 30” long. I got all the things you mentioned in stock. I,m gonna do it. Thank you so much.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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mdzehr

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#11 posted 02-20-2019 03:47 PM

Glad I could provide some inspiration. One construction note: make sure that the two beams are perfectly aligned before fastening the spacer blocks.


What a really wonderful post. I have a Nova 16-24 and a friend wants a cane that is about 30” long. I got all the things you mentioned in stock. I,m gonna do it. Thank you so much.

- poospleasures


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 02-20-2019 03:48 PM

Plus it was a fun challenge! Thanks


Excellent idea and well executed. Plus did not melt the credit card!!!

- woodbutcherbynight


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#13 posted 02-20-2019 04:24 PM

Looks great. Nothing better than building your own jigs, tools, etc. and saving hundreds of $.

-- Julian

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 02-20-2019 04:46 PM

Thanks Julian. Not to mention the sheer satisfaction of knowing that I made it.


Looks great. Nothing better than building your own jigs, tools, etc. and saving hundreds of $.

- Julian


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#15 posted 02-20-2019 08:44 PM

I have an old, old lathe inherited from my uncle. The bed members are entirely wooden beams. The headstock (with flat belt pullies) tailstock and toolrest are cast iron with long bolts passing through cast iron plates under the bed beams. It seems that as long as everything stays in alignment it will work fine.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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