Lathe Stand

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Project by David Grimes posted 09-10-2011 06:01 AM 4177 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased a really inexpensive (less than $90) 40” lathe (not HF). To try it out, it seemed that the first order of business is a stand to sit it on (and stabilize it).

I looked at all the lathe stand projects and found examples by fellow LJs Garys and garriv777 that seemed to have the length and depth I was after.

I had every thing I needed except two 8 foot 2×6’s, so I picked them up this afternoon. I began with cutting the treated 4×4’s to length on the miter saw, then rounding the edges on the router.

Like garriv777’s, I notched the top center of the 4×4 feet for a dado joint.

However, I also (from the bottom directly below the dado) recessed two washer cavities (recessed so they won’t touch the floor, and washers so the screws will grab with the washer as a shoulder in the soft pine), then pre-drilled so that I could run two screws on each foot up into the 2×6 leg center member.

I then attached the 4×4 leg shafts to each side of the leg lower center by using a 1/2” forstner bit to a depth of 2”, then followed that with 3” screws with washers (again to keep the screws from drawing to far into the soft pine) to attach the glued pieces together securely. For the record, I actually got clamps and dowel out, but chose this method due to speed and convenience. This IS a tool table, not a Grandfather clock. ;=)

After both pairs of legs were assembled, I ran a horizontal 2×6 between the legs, glued and screwed blocking 10” on center down each side, followed that with a top made of 3/4” Advantech, and finally added 2×6 skirts to the outside front and back.

I completed the end skirting, added a middle horizontal support with Forstner bores to hold my turning tools.

My finishing choices included white legs (Glidden Extra High Gloss White Trim and Door Gel Paint), red skirt ends and horizontal support (Glidden Extra High Gloss Red Trim and Door Gel Paint), then finally the top and front/back skirting in Rustoleum Black Hammered Enamel (brush on).

NOTICE: No hand planes were required in the making of this project. ;=)

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

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 06:04 AM

Looks pretty. Tried it out?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 06:22 AM

Nice job David. She looks sturdy and the paint adds a nice touch.

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David Grimes

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 06:57 AM

@WayneC, The tools (6 piece) and the face shield will be here next Wednesday. I can’t wait.

@garriv777, Thanks for the comment and your projects inspiration.

Somebody tell Grandpa these are Georgia State colors. lol ;=)

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

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#4 posted 09-10-2011 07:00 AM

It is only a short wait. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 01:50 PM

good job :-)
looking good too :-))
no handplane work …........Aaauuch …......... LOL


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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-10-2011 01:56 PM

Good job on that stand and you got in a lot of woodworking in making it. Nice paint job on it too!!

Next thing is to make some kind of holder for your turning tools. I looked at a lot of guys’ methods before deciding on what I needed.

I look forward to see some of your turned projects in the future!!.........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-10-2011 02:27 PM

Looks great. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 09-10-2011 02:54 PM

Great job on the stand. You may want to consider a couple of options also :

A bottom shelf to store sand bags or cement bags in order to add weight and stabilize during roughing unbalanced bowl blanks – you can ignore this if you only want to turn pens :)

A “onboard” tool storage, I use PVC tubes screws at 45deg on the right hand side of my lathe – it’s very enjoyable to have your tools at arm reach – oh and make room for more tool that you have :)

Another shelf with some holes to store chucks, drive center, live center, CA glue, sand paper,....

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#9 posted 09-10-2011 04:46 PM

Great work on this and some great pics as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 09-10-2011 05:24 PM

now you went and did it

and very well too


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 09-10-2011 11:40 PM

It’s sooo cute!!! yet still “MANLY”!!!! :-)

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#12 posted 09-11-2011 02:56 AM

I have been out and get home to find this one my computer!! The Oklahoma State colors have turned to University of Oklahoma colors!! Woo!! Hoo!!
Other than that it looks great David. Actually they use Crimson and cream for their colors. It is usually red and white because few know that. Most of their fans didn’t go to school there.
BTW I think we are going to send the SEC Texas A & M. I think they are tired of the big 12…..LOL

Great job on the lathe stand too. Read the review on the paint. Sounds too good to be true. just lays there flat huh?

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 09-11-2011 11:13 AM

Thanks for the comments, LJ’s.

@Grandpa, Doesn’t Oklahoma host the Dust Bowl… I think I might have heard they had some teams. lol ;=)

The paint is really great to work with. I think wishing it would spray (others mentioned) defeats the concept since a half hack homeowner could paint their door without runs and drips, then with little or no brush technique could pull off a brush mark free job. My main painter put the first white coat on (I did the rest) and he was impressed as well. He is used to oil-based (Porter Glyptex and SW Pro Classic, mostly) and said it felt good and worked well. I found that to be the case as well.

I just hope they make it tint-able, then come out with gallons at a reasonable price. BTW, it is interior and exterior rated.

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

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#14 posted 09-12-2011 12:10 AM

David we like our teams to travel so we always go to bowl games out of state. Give those boys a treat for going to to yet another bowl game.

They are proud of that paint aren’t they? I guess quality costs. Must be why it costs so much to have a quality F’ball team…..ha ha ha

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#15 posted 09-12-2011 03:57 PM

Great stand, it became really hot now.
I cant wait to hear you after you get the tools.
Best thoughts buddy,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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