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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 11-09-2020 09:12 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a lathe last Friday. It’s the Harbor Freight 12×33 inch model, and it came with the usual bits; there’s the face plate, the tool rest extension, and a handful of wrenches the you need to get the thing put together. Plus I’ll be getting another chuck for it. So I had those parts laying around.

Rather than losing them, I built a small pine box to keep them all together. As you can see in the first picture, it fits nicely on the lathe stand, and once it finishes drying, I’ll add a pair of cleats to the bottom so it’ll be nice and secure there.

The box is dovetailed, with a raised panel bottom that rides in grooves in the sides of the box. The lid is piston-fit and just butt-jointed. Most of the pine is 3/4 stuff, but the edges of the lid were resawed to a little under 3/8”.

Finish is two coats of shellac. I may apply a coat of soft wax yet, but more likely I’ll just leave the shellac.

Total time? About 3 hours, not counting waiting for the glue to dry.

Thanks for looking!

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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Bstrom

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#1 posted 11-09-2020 09:13 PM

I like your channel clamps. And the box too, of course…

-- Bstrom

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tt1106

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#2 posted 11-09-2020 09:19 PM

Very nice Box. I had that lathe for many years. I bought it used and it was a great performer, until it finally broke. I took the opportunity to upgrade t a Nova lathe, but not without a considerable amount of hand wringing. I hope it give you many years of faithful service, as mine did me.

Love the box. Good job on the joinery.

-- -Todd

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#3 posted 11-09-2020 09:22 PM

Thanks guys. Necessity is a mother. ;-)

One thing about building bookcases for the house, I’ve gotten pretty good at knocking out dovetails in 3/4 pine. Plus I have a ton of scraps to use. Well, a ton minus a few now.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 11-09-2020 09:37 PM

Just in one picture, I see three things that have to be plugged in Dave. Retirement is making you lazy man ;-) Nice work on the box. Might as well make a couple more. Lathe accessories are like kids, even when you get a new one you can never quite convince yourself to sell the old one.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 11-09-2020 09:42 PM

Yep good work!

and I spotted the channel clamps too…off to do some research on them

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 11-09-2020 10:01 PM

Six, Kenny. You missed the iPod and two powered speakers. :-/

The clamps are the Dubuque (Hi Earl!) Universal Bar Clamps and I’m very happy with them. I’ve got a dozen, which is enough to clamp up two bookcases at a time.

Oh, and the clamps are long enough that I knocked my kerfing plane off the bench and broke its fence, so now I have to rehab that before I can build another bookcase. As my honey says, “it’s just one project after another.”

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 11-09-2020 10:12 PM



Just in one picture, I see three things that have to be plugged in Dave. Retirement is making you lazy man ;-) Nice work on the box. Might as well make a couple more. Lathe accessories are like kids, even when you get a new one you can never quite convince yourself to sell the old one.

- HokieKen

Let’s hope so.

You’re going to need a rack for the lathe chisels so you might as well start looking at ideas. Mine sits on a bench top so might not be the best approach for you but it IS made with dovetails.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 11-09-2020 10:20 PM

Yeah, Nathan. I need to get three bookcases built this week, which means fixing the kerfing plane then cranking through more dovetails, but some sort of rack for the turning tools is on the list. I’ll probably pickup some 2” PVC at the hardware store next time I have to go there, but I might decide to get fancy. We’ll see how the week goes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 11-09-2020 10:35 PM

This must be your first lathe DP... otherwise you’d have known better…

You’re gonna need a BIGGA BOX!

I’ll give you a couple of days before that stand has a shelf, and a few more days before it has a multi shelves, and not too many weeks away before a fully enclosed cabinet.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 11-09-2020 11:01 PM

Can’t wait to see you fully enshrouded in wood chips, you’ll be just like a preschool teacher and glitter 8^)

I fully agree, you’ll need a bigger box and more pine!

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#11 posted 11-10-2020 12:04 AM

Happy turning Dave.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 11-10-2020 12:22 AM

Nice work Dave!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 11-10-2020 01:09 AM

Ducky & Splint, there’s going to be a rack for the turning tools, but that’s probably about it for now. The box will be big enough to hold the chuck I’ve ordered, too.

Thanks, oldrivers and Steve.

I’ve made three round things so far. This is the first one ever. Ash.

Got a roughing gouge, a bowl gouge, and a four-jaw chuck on the way. That should probably keep me busy for a while.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 11-10-2020 01:48 AM

Nice work on the storage box Dave, looks mighty fine.
I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the lathe, turning can be addictive. I too have a HF lathe, but mine has a sheet metal bed, rather flimsy and didn’t come with any base. Was supposed to be a bench top lathe, so I made a 2 X 4 base, bolted the lathe to it and it is good enough for me – a hack at spindle turning. Besides, I consider it better than a spring pole lathe, my leg wouldn’t last very long.
Enjoy,

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#15 posted 11-10-2020 02:22 AM

Great job on the box Dave.
Man… 3 hours is quick. You sure have gotten good at knocking the DTs out!
I keep thinking about a lathe too but room is pretty limited in my shop.
Your shop looks like its coming together.
Congrats.
Jon

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