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Thread: Lathe Stand/Cabinet Suggestions

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA

    Lathe Stand/Cabinet Suggestions

    Hello All,

    I have a lathe I need to build a stand/cabinet for. It is a Delta 46-701 that needs a sturdy base with some storage capability.

    Would you please share what you have done or would recommend in regards to construction, storage capability, mobility, lathe height and foot clearance? Or anything else?

    Attached is what it would look like if it were assembled. Sadly mine is in parts on a shelf right now. Please help me make it a happy machine.

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails newLathe0.jpg  
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Hi Dan

    I have the same lathe except supplied by Busy Bee and probably finished a little worse than Delta. Anyhow, dont waste your time with that stand they supplied. Use the metal for something else. I guess this is part of the reason for your post.

    I have a sturdy solid steel bench that is a long story but its nice and heavy.

    Its made of about 2"x2"x1/4" angle iron (legs, cross members, rails) and then I put some heavy pine boards in the top of the angle iron and on top of all that I am going to put a good layer of MDF.

    Before setting this up I have turned using the included sheet metal frame stand, and its a rattle trap.

    Sorry for the old picture. The lathe is on it now but the picture shows the sturdy table. Vise is now removed.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Solid Work bench.jpg  

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    I would make a nice wooden cabinet that can hold different chucks and such. Where the toe kick area is, you can fill that with sand for added weight. Heigth is a personal thing and depends on ho you feel comfortable.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Compared to some of the cabinets shown by others, my stand is pretty crude and cobbled together. I built this stand for my Jet mini. I didn't build any storage into it, but could add some in the future. The box on the bottom is full of rocks to stabilize and steady the stand... I put a small drawer under the the top to hold mandrels, drives and other small pieces.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Dan, you can make your stand out of steel, if you are a weldor, or 2x4s and plywood work well too, the important things to keep in mind are stability and vibration dampening, it is also a great benefit if the stand does not get in your way, is easy to clean, and has some onboard storage.

    How you go about doing all of that is a really wide open answer.

    The stand I made for my DVR 3000 is good and solid and dampens the vibration well, but I made a couple of mistakes, one, the bottom of the bed is too close to the top of the stand, I should put a 3/4" spacer in there to make it easier to clean out, and the leg right under the headstock is always in the way, I did poorly on that design aspect of the stand, I have to constantly step around that leg, yes it provides good stability, but it is in the way.

    Alan Trout built an outstanding stand

    >> Stand Started <<
    >> Stand almost done <<

    Even if you are building with 3/4" plywood and 2x4s, I'd still have a good look at Alan's stand to take some lessons from it.

    A large ballast box full of sand low down is a good thing, it provides both stability and vibration dampening.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Al's response and others are on target. Made of 2x4's if yer not a welder would be just fine. Critical is height and foot space. If you are not comfortable the whole experience will be bad. Let us know what you do.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Also remember the first build probably won't be the'll see a pic of someone elses and think, "why didn't I think of that. "

    Or you could take the time, like your doing, and get loads of ideas and then pick and choose the best to fit your needs...please show us what you end up doing.

    Here's a quick google image search that might give you some ideas as well (take a look at pic number 2, where have I seen that one?)

    >>>>>Lathe Stand Pics<<<<<<
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    Here is mine...

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Thank you for the replies. I am noodling an idea borrowing some build and configuration processes you guys have shown. I will say the robustness of Stu's, the use of storage in Bill's and the top tube and leg layout of Alan's are guiding me right now.

    It will be a mixed materials project. I have to get some measurements together and start putting pencil to paper so I can start collecting the materials. I tend to scrounge the cutoff/recycling bins at my local metal vendor so it might be a while.

    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Rhode Island
    This is mine it is made from 1 sheet of 3/4" Birch ply. In the sides I enclosed the inside & put a garbage bag inside & filled each leg with 50 lbs of sand. T%he top is 3/4" MDF & 3/4" Birch ply. I have the PDF if you want it.


    Click pic for full size

    My workbench is the same way except I have a bigger top on it.

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