Lathe Stand with Storage

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Project by StanM posted 05-23-2012 05:09 PM 9225 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some shots of a lathe stand I built. This lathe is an old Rockwell Beaver that once belonged to my grandfather. I was happy to get it from my uncle and decided to build it a nice new home. I built the stand itself months ago, however I just finished the drawer today. The drawer was built with an open bottom for the most part so shavings will not accumulate in it if left open. The drawer was also built completely out of scraps from around the shop (aside from the slides). Bonus! Note, chisels are on notched rails to keep them in place. I almost put a store bought pull on the drawer, but luckily I clued in before I drilled any holes for it. I fashioned this one in a matter of minutes out of a chunk of a 2×3. It has a much better look than a store bought handle IMO. As for the stand, I practiced some mortise and tenon construction in places and it was built using 2x lumber and a leftover scrap of plywood for the top. This kept the cost to a minimum! The motor was mounted on a hinge and a C clamp is used to tension the belt. Simplicity at its finest!

Now… To start doing some turning…

-- -- Stan

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#1 posted 05-23-2012 06:23 PM

Nice Stand, I have a Rockwell lathe similar to this one that was also handed down than I’m getting ready to build a new stand for, I’m going to have to steal your idea for mounting the motor. On my last bench it was hanging from a hinge and relied on the weight of the motor to tension it which let it bounce around a lot.

Thanks for the idea.

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#2 posted 05-23-2012 07:12 PM

Nice stand. I have a small Rockwell lathe also, but it’s on a factory stand. I put everything heavy I don’t use a lot on the bottom shelf to prevent vibration .

-- Jeff,

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 07:19 PM

I like the stand and the open bottom drawer is a great idea. For some reason I think that drawer is one of the WOW what a great idea.

Thanks for posting.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 01:24 AM

Whoa – Great work on the lathe stand [email protected]!

Looks really nice… I’ve got to agree with OregonWoodRat here – the work you did on the drawer really sets it apart from any ol’ piece. I especially like the areas you routed out for the measuring tools. The handle turned out well too. (turned out… anybody.?.. nope…ok)

Happy turning :) I’ll expect a number of toothpicks to be your next few projects.

-- -- Mike

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