Help me design a lathe stand for my Midi...
spindle Height... I'm taller than average, so I'm planning on putting my spindle height at just above my elbow height... call it 42" (guesstimate, will measure at first opportunity)
Length... I do have the extension for it, but at this point, I'm not planning on setting it up with the extension attatched. If I ever Do need the extension, I'll move everything over to my newfangled bench as it will be for a specific project that would justify setting it up.
What useful lathe tools (besides gouges, I've got plans for those already) will I need to have handy that I might want to store on the lathe stand itself? I have a chuck, but that can go with the gouges on the wall next to the lathe.
Grinder... should I put that near the lathe or perhaps on the Back/side of the stand? Remember I'm dealing with less than 200sf of total shop space. I'm planning on taking a bench down to get room for this stand...and/or tearing apart some inefficient storage racks to free up some floor space. Probably a combination of the two events.
I 'get' that more weight 'low' is better, so I'm planning on a ballast box to help dampen vibrations, in addition to simply having a hefty frame to begin with.
one of the main reasons I want a dedicated lathe stand is to not have to deal with chips on my benchtop... I'm planning on as narrow a 'footprint' at the top of the lathe as I can manage... (similar to the commercial metal ones, only out of ply and dimensional lumber that I have on hand already. ) in order to let the chips fall where they may... literally... but not giving them a target to hit, letting them get to the floor easier.
I supposedly have a football game to attend tonight... if my DW ever swings by the house to pick me up... if I get stranded at home, I'll be out in the shop doing some sorting/cleaning in preparation for this weekend's build-athon.