My Lathe has a Bench at last.

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Project by aussiedave posted 02-17-2014 01:01 PM 7881 views 22 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there LJ’s and Buddies, the lathe I bought a little over two months before Christmas finally has a home and not in a cardboard box on my workshop floor. Before I go into the project I would like to thank DoubleDD for sharing his design, measurements, angles and things to watch for in the design. That is one of the amazing things about Lumberjocks is the willingness of people to share ideas, thoughts, information and experience with those of lesser knowledge in the craft…thanks Dave.

There is quite a few firsts for me in the building of the lathe bench, ” A ” frame construction and joinery, door frames, although just basic frames with plywood centres it is all experience and learning. The first picture is the finished project with the Nova mounted on it. The second pic I numbered the sections and dry assembled one frame for those like me who may had no idea on how to make them. I made mortis and tenon joints for the legs to go into the foot of each “A ” frame and a tenon at the top with a sort of mortised cap to go over them to hold them together. On the inside of the two outer frames I hand cut notches for the three beams that run from end to end with the centre frame sitting under the beams supporting them in the middle. Because the centre frame did not have a cap on the tip to hold them together I cut and glued a Jarrah spline to hold them together (pic three has an insert pic showing the spline. Fourth pic is the frame all glued and screwed together. I have used a few pocket hole screws in the three beams and the top of the centre leg. Pic five is the 1” thick Jarrah top, two 6” wide pieces glued together for the top with support blocks also Jarrah for the lathe to sit on and thanks to DoubleDD again for letting me know it is so I can clean chips out from under and between the rails. I would have just sat the lathe on the top and bolted it down. I think Jarrah is as hard as Bubinga and gets used a lot for furniture here in Oz, it is a hard wood and great to work with, plus it grows in my home state West Australia. I put an insert pic at the bottom of pic five just to show a little better what Jarrah looks like for those who have never seen it before. Yes I know some of you are shaking your heads thinking why use such a beautiful wood for a bench…well it is hard and strong and the lathe is heavy….and….well it’s beautiful wood and that alone is a good reason to use it…lol. Six is the drawers and doors fitted and I had to place spacers for the drawer slides on the inside of the end frames so the drawers don’t hit the door when I open them. A last minute correction I did not even think of when building the bench that the doors would hit the doors. The whole thing got two coats of BLO and the top and the doors got an added two coats of wipe on satin polyurethane, the rest of the frame and drawers just got one coat of Poly. The two pics below are just to show the frame work from a different angle and the three legs, with the outside two legs showing an inside and outside view of them. Well now it is time to start making a mess and destroying cheep wood on the lathe till I get some experience under my belt…thanks for looking.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 01:03 PM

Wow, that is one fancy looking bench, that is some good storage space, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 01:07 PM

I would love to have a bench like that for my lathe…...but I would also like a lathe like that, too.

Great job, love the storage place.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 01:14 PM

Nice one Dave! Happy turnings!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 01:46 PM

Great cabinet for a great lathe.

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 01:47 PM

Very attractive and sturdy design, very nicely built.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 02:03 PM

Beautiful bench! Looks solid as a rock, plenty of storage and has wheels…the perfect lathe setup. Now start mass producing them so I can get one. :)


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#7 posted 02-17-2014 02:20 PM

So here it is Dave. I’ve been anticipating this project for a while and the bench is a beauty. Big, strong, solid, man you could square dance on that thing and I would never move. I love the wood and to have it grow in your back yard, what a bonus. The finish looks great, joinery first class. My only concern is wood movement on the top. How dry is it and the humidity level in your shop.. The only thing I know about Australian weather is hot,hot,hot. I’m sure you took that into account. Also the thing about a project like this is when you have some friends over for dinner you have another dinning room table. Now all you have to do is make matching chairs. Seriously buddy this looks great and years of pleasure to use. Put it in your will.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 02:31 PM

Whoa!!!!!!!!!!! what a fine hefty bench to support your lathe. Look out trees!!...Jim

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

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#9 posted 02-17-2014 02:42 PM

Now that is one Classy set up! Great base and one great Lathe. I read where the Nova DVR lathes are the world’s only intelligent wood lathes – See more at:
Superb Craftsmanship and A Super set up, just waiting to see those forth coming projects you will produce. May your day be Blessed. O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 02-17-2014 02:56 PM

Oh so nice Dave! Congratulations on a great build. It looks great and is functional and sturdy. Thanks for your willingness to share the little “hiccups” that occur (need for spacers on the drawer slides). Some of us think those things only happen to me, myself and I.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 02-17-2014 02:59 PM

I have to say this is a great looking stand. That is a great display of joinery. A true sign of a real craftsman. The doors and drawers are another great feature. Almost too nice to get it dirty. Your wood choice is a good idea, it will brighten up the shop as I’m sure your first turnings will too. ha ha
Thanks for the plug of mentioning my name. Good luck my friend and wear that face shield. BTW I have a piece of Jarrah that is waiting to get turned on the lathe. Just have to figure out what to do with such a nice piece.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 02-17-2014 03:00 PM

That’s a real nice bench, looks solid and very functional.
Not only that, it looks like a piece of furniture.

Nice lathe too…

-- Jeff NJ

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#13 posted 02-17-2014 03:08 PM

Wow! I really like it. Very solid construction. Where did you purchase the wheels??

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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#14 posted 02-17-2014 03:41 PM

Great looking, strong, solid, and storage. Looks like you covered all the bases.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#15 posted 02-17-2014 04:16 PM

Now THATS a bench – - ya done good !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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