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I haven't posted in a while due to health issues but I have been feeling better this year. My first project was building myself a new lathe stand. My old stand was about 3" to tall for comfort. This one is right at the correct height and helps a lot. The ends of this stand are 4 layers of MDF glued and screwed together and cut to shape. I used 2×6's for the connecting runners. Two on the bottom and 2 double rows of 2×6's for the lathe to bolt to. The 2×6's are mortised into 3 layers of the end pieces so it's pretty strong construction. I left space for the chips to fall through. A piece of 3/4" plywood glued and screwed on the bottom of the two bottom runners give me either storage or a place for sandbags if needed. So far the weight of the stand has been enough. I don't know how much it weighs but those 2 ends are pretty darn heavy. Spray painted it with hammered steel colored paint. It was the closest color I could get to the color of the Nova lathe. Added my vacuum chuck system and a dust collection set up. Bought some lifting castors from Rockler to make it mobile if needed. It all works great for me now.

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looking at the finished pictures didn't help my image of it at all. Then I looked at the last picture, that shows the bulk real well. Good job and great design
 

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Thanks Dick.
 

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Nice work enjoy it for years to come/
 

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Darrell, that looks like an awesome lathe stand…very heavy duty..I think the sandbags would be a good idea…the heavier the lathe the better right…long as you don't have to move it!
What do you think of the lathe? I ave heard great tings about Nova…I definitely want their DP..
 

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Great lathe stand!!

Jim
 

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Thanks Mike, oldrivers & Jim. Mike, I hope I don't have to move it but the castors work if I do. I love the Nova lathe. Had it for a bunch of years now and it hasn't failed me yet. I love being able to turn the head stock out to make it easier to turn the insides of bowls.
 
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