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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2021, 03:39:41 PM »
Awwww the smell of the brown stuff. What you making it out of Dave?


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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2021, 05:28:47 PM »
Dave what are you doing about the main platform for the lathe - my lathe seems to "bounce" while running, which I ascribe to the crappy sheet metal cabinets it is mounted on. I was thinking of altering that to something much more substantial - wondered if you were going to do anything in particular?
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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2021, 05:34:09 PM »
In theory, wood should be a better at absorbing and damping vibration than any sheet steel cabinet. Build it heavy, heavier the better.  :thinking:

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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2021, 06:12:43 PM »
I picked up a butcher block style countertop from the local discount flooring place, and sawed it down the middle, was wide enough for two benchtops. Very rigid. A couple coats of floor varnish made a tough surface.

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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2021, 06:47:22 PM »
Dave what are you doing about the main platform for the lathe - my lathe seems to "bounce" while running, which I ascribe to the crappy sheet metal cabinets it is mounted on. I was thinking of altering that to something much more substantial - wondered if you were going to do anything in particular?

The main body of the bench is a bedroom dresser of very good quality...NO PRESS BOARD...all birch plywood, and glued and screwed construction.  I am now adding to it.  I removed the rear plywood sheer plate, and reattached with glue and screws.  I then added cross braces to the feet, and then I'll mount the whole thing with through bolts on 3x3 x 1/4 angle iron girders.
The drawers are full dovetail design...and solid hardwood.    The best part was it was free!....
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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2021, 07:12:57 PM »
Something like this

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« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2021, 07:18:09 PM »
Very nice - really substantial. Might have to rethink my approach - I was going to try adding 1" thick steel plates on top of my cabinets - but larger than the outside dimensions of the cabinets, which should be very rigid. I like your cabinet a lot more though.
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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2021, 07:43:18 PM »
I honestly think it's way more rigid than the SB Sheet steel one ...which is the one I own.  I can twist that one by hand....  I know it weighs a good deal more, and the storage space is there.    Mass a a good thing!   1" plate will do it, but unless it's more than about 1 HP cuts....probably not needed.   Honestly, I think a concrete block with the lathe grouted into the top would be just about perfect.....but that doesn't move around so easy.

I think Samantha Bell  ( 3/4 HP Motor....MAYBE 1/2 at the belt.....maybe)...will be happy as a clam on her new bench...and I'll be much happier with drawers so I don't have to stand on my head to try to find something in the bottom back shelf...
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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #23 on: June 21, 2021, 07:51:53 PM »
Dave what are you doing about the main platform for the lathe - my lathe seems to "bounce" while running, which I ascribe to the crappy sheet metal cabinets it is mounted on. I was thinking of altering that to something much more substantial - wondered if you were going to do anything in particular?

2 OR 3 layers of 3/4" Birch ply laminated together as a bench top is a good stable platform.  Because it's laminated, it will not move much with the weather...but I'd seal it with polyurethane. regardless.   
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« Reply #24 on: June 21, 2021, 08:13:14 PM »
Good to know! Thank you!
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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2021, 01:02:57 AM »
Current state of play
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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2021, 11:48:46 AM »
What are you doing about the lighting of the bench and lathe?

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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2021, 01:02:55 PM »
Plan is to mount the existing light on the backstop...but im not sure yet.
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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2021, 07:25:18 PM »
Ready for base structure and paint
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Re: New lathe bench
« Reply #29 on: June 23, 2021, 07:35:35 PM »
Looks to have been a nice piece of furniture. It will make a good basis for the new lathe bench.

You will soon have those drawers full of swarf   :ROFL:

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