Lathe stand

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Project by garriv777 posted 03-25-2011 09:38 PM 20866 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,
I just thought I’d post a couple of pics of my lathe stand that is almost finished. The top is not attached ( that’s the reason for the clamps in the photo ) and I haven’t added the shelf yet that I plan to add but it’s about 85% complete and I figured it shows how it will look when done, for the most part. I used 4×4 Doug Fir and stock 2×4 wall studs ( and it will have a shelf that will be made of wall studs also ). I don’t have a lot of tools so I couldn’t really get the boards as flat as I would have liked so I did the best I could with a hand plane and I used epoxy glue throughout the project so as to fill any small gaps that will undoubtedly be present. It’s not perfect but overall it feels pretty sturdy and when I tie the legs together with a shelf it will be even more sturdy. I will be putting a Jet mini lathe on it that weighs about 75 pounds so I am confident that it will be a nice sturdy stand for that purpose. I don’t have a jointer or planer, that is why I couldn’t get the boards perfectly flat and the plane that I have is pretty much junk. Anyway, I’m hoping to upgrade my tools soon so I can do better work.
Hope you all like the pics. All comments welcome and thanks for looking.

Update on 9/03/11: David ( a fellow LJer ) asked for an updated pic so I just posted the latest pic that shows the stand with the added shelf. The shelf really brought a lot of rigidity to the stand and it gives me some space for all the accesories to boot..:).


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#1 posted 03-25-2011 10:00 PM

Now that is a stout looking stand. Can we expect to see some lathe projects in the near future? Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 10:02 PM

Hi Doug,
Yep, turned projects soon to follow…..:).


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#3 posted 03-25-2011 10:14 PM

Nice stand Gary.
That should hold that Jet nice & still.

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 05:44 AM

I like it. Theres a good chance I’ll shamlessly steal your design if I even get a lathe :)

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 01:29 PM

If I were you, I’d add a 45 degree brace at each end to prevent it racking on you. Other than that, it’s great.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 03-26-2011 03:10 PM

Big Tiny,
I was think that myself Tiny but I’m also thinking that when I add the shelf it will keep it from racking. I’m going to add the shelf about half way up the legs and it will be glued and screwed on so it should keep it pretty stiff, if not, then I would be adding some braces to the corners. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll have to see how stiff the stand is once I add the shelf and then decide if I feel the corner braces are needed.


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#7 posted 03-27-2011 01:29 AM

Nice and sturdy
well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 10:56 PM

i like it!! Need to do it too, but I need casters on mine.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 05:31 AM

I like that. I’ve been debating about buying the stand that is available for my lathe, but I’m thinking that it makes more sense to build one like this and I have just the spot in my shop to put it in.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 09-02-2011 05:55 AM


Could you post the finished stand with the lathe attached ? Thanks

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 06:36 AM

@ David Grimes, I will try and get a new pic up David. I have finished building the lathe stand and attached the lathe and also a shelf that spans the length which gives the stand a lot of support. I’ve got to find my camera and charge up the batteries but I’ll try and get a pic up soon.

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#12 posted 02-02-2016 06:54 PM

Love your lathe stand, overbuilt, that’s how I like it.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#13 posted 01-25-2022 12:45 PM

Hi Gary,

I hope you still read this post.
You’ve made and excellent stand and I tried to copy it as best I can.
I cut all the lumber yesterday and will begin assembling it today.
One question I do have is how you actually mount the lathe to the stand?
My lathe (Jet 1221) mounts from underneath where Jet has 5/16 threaded hole on each corner.
My only idea would be to mount the lathe first to the 2 4/4’s and then finish by putting the 4×4’s on the leg uprights.
Thanks again for sharing your creativity to which I have none.

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#14 posted 02-06-2022 12:56 PM

Hi Gary,

I wanted to thank you for your inspirational lathe stand plan and pics.
I copied your plan as best I could and I hope it does yours justice.

Thanks again,


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