Lathe Storage Solution

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Project by BenchDawg posted 02-19-2013 10:21 PM 3753 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine passed on a lathe he had no use for. He does a lot of turning and decided to upgrade to a better unit. I haven’t turned much wood so this is an excellent model for me to cut my teeth on. When he had it, it sat on a stand but he retained it for his new model. It’s a great tool to add to the shop and I’m glad to get it.

It did leave me in a quandary. The lathe has a long footprint. My shop? Not so much. I designed this simple platform to mitigate the storage issue and retain maximum function.

It’s a 2×12 platform with a perpendicular base. I already had the wood and the wheels. I installed a fin on the back of the platform to clamp into my wood vise on the workbench. I may have been able to use a narrower stock for the platform, but felt I needed the surface area to help support the lathe while it sat clamped on the bench.

Six wood bolts to anchor the lathe. Problem solved. It clamps up good and tight for a very solid workstation. When I’m done, I roll it back into the corner. It takes up about a foot and half of floor space.

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 10:44 PM

Great idea and fantastic way to maximize your storage space. If you don’t mind, I might have to borrow a couple of your ideas.

-- Mmmm....sawdust

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 10:49 PM


Have at ‘em. That’s what this site’s all about!

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Jim Finn

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 10:57 PM

Good thinking. I plan to use your idea also. My lathe is stored verticaly now but I like the wheels idea. Thanks for posting.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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Michael Wilson

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#4 posted 02-19-2013 11:02 PM

I love the idea. It’s solid enough? Clamping it in a vice like that seems tenuous.

(I have no experience with wood lathes.)

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 12:23 AM

Very ingenious! It sure takes up less space when vertical!...........Jim

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

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 12:33 AM

Like most we NEVER have enough room. I read recently about a guy that built a 40’ X 86’ building for his woodworking hobby. His complaint?? Need more room! (Laughing) Great idea for storage of a nice piece of equipment.

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

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#7 posted 02-20-2013 01:13 AM

That is a very clever idea and looks like it will work well! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 02-20-2013 01:24 AM

That’s a great way to mount that lathe. I have the same lathe, used to lift it on an off my workbench, got too heavy to keep playing with, so I made a similar base but with 2X4 legs. You should have a great time with this setup, it’ll remain very stable when clamped in your vise, and the wooden base will allow you to apply a good amount of pressure for center turning.
Have fun with it, great build.

-- "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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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 02-20-2013 10:59 AM

It looks like a great space saver which a lot of people can use!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 02-20-2013 02:59 PM

Good way to store it. How is the tipping it onto the bench?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#11 posted 02-20-2013 06:31 PM


A space is a space in ours small shops !!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 02-20-2013 08:41 PM

I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to store my lathe vertically to save space. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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