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Santa Claus was kind enough to leave me a lathe for Christmas. I have never turned before but always held an interest. The cabinet is made with 3/4” birch plywood, with poplar drawer fronts treated with Teak Oil. The top is two layers of 3/4 MDF with a hardboard cover.
Next on the build lists is a sharpening stand, bookshelf nightstand, and a kids wagon. A million other projects follow that. If only there were more hours.

-- Funny thing about comfort - one man's comfort is another man's misery - Richard Proenneke





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pottz

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#1 posted 02-22-2021 03:22 PM

nice cabinet,your gonna love turning,problem is it’s addicting.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Vicki

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#2 posted 02-22-2021 06:12 PM

That’s a sweet set up. Great job.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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987Ron

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#3 posted 02-22-2021 06:43 PM

My setup is similar and works good for me. Think you will find it good also. I did install a swivel lamp to have above the lathe helps a lot on small pieces and my old eyes.
Enjoy the fun. as Pottz stated it is addictive.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 02-22-2021 09:38 PM

Nice and handy cabinet MST...

I’m not a expert at turning, however, is the lathe set too far back? Looks OK for spindle turning, but I feel you could benefit from those extra inches when inside bowl turning… never turned a bowl but extrapolating my thoughts. My lathe is on a “A” stand and while vertically it is offset by probably as much as yours, I can lean in unobstructed.
Moving it forward may screw with the COG and you may need to play around with the front wheels… Speaking of wheels… when the cabinet is fully loaded the kg will grow (and even that imperial lb) which may benefit from bigger wheels… hell why not spruik.

Since Christmas hasn’t given you much time to experiment, I thought I’d mention this before you refine the bench further (and I’m sure you will, we all tend to do).

Just my $64 worth (inflation).

PS. You have nice Santas lurking about in your neighborhood.

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

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pottz

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#5 posted 02-22-2021 10:56 PM



Nice and handy cabinet MST...

I m not a expert at turning, however, is the lathe set too far back? Looks OK for spindle turning, but I feel you could benefit from those extra inches when inside bowl turning… never turned a bowl but extrapolating my thoughts. My lathe is on a “A” stand and while vertically it is offset by probably as much as yours, I can lean in unobstructed.
Moving it forward may screw with the COG and you may need to play around with the front wheels… Speaking of wheels… when the cabinet is fully loaded the kg will grow (and even that imperial lb) which may benefit from bigger wheels… hell why not spruik.

Since Christmas hasn t given you much time to experiment, I thought I d mention this before you refine the bench further (and I m sure you will, we all tend to do).

Just my $64 worth (inflation).

PS. You have nice Santas lurking about in your neighborhood.

- LittleBlackDuck


good point duckie i agree id mount the lathe up flush with the front of the bench.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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BurlyBob

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#6 posted 02-23-2021 03:06 AM

That’s a really fine looking set up you have.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 02-23-2021 05:09 AM

AWESOME!!!

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

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jeff

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#8 posted 02-23-2021 09:14 AM

That’s a very nice lathe cabinet.I have a similar set up and I mounted my lathe flush with the front of the cabinet. Much easier to turn certain projects.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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MoreShopTime

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#9 posted 02-24-2021 12:10 AM

Thank you for all the valuable input. I am sure adjustments will be needed.

-- Funny thing about comfort - one man's comfort is another man's misery - Richard Proenneke

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pottz

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#10 posted 02-24-2021 01:50 AM



Thank you for all the valuable input. I am sure adjustments will be needed.

- MoreShopTime


oh yeah after all these years of woodworking shops 40+ im still tweaking mine,it never ends,but thats half the fun.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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