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    Making a mobile base for a lathe

    I want to make a mobile base for the lathe. I want it to set down on the legs and off the wheels when not moving. Any ideas?

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    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 10-12-2009 at 06:00 AM. Reason: Fixed a link
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    A quick Google and I found this page.
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    That gives me some ideas, it is a jet 1236 with the stamped steel legs on it. I was thinking about keeping this base and adding wheels to it that raise and lower. I don't think I will have to add too much bracing to the current stand since it is pretty sturdy. I have on more than one occasion just grabbed the lathe and drug it across the shop. I like what Bill posted but I also kinda like Tod's idea.

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    i have an older 1236 myself (back when they were blue), and out of necessity i needed to make a mobile platrform for it and the grinder. here are the pics of what i have built.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails lathe on mobile platform.JPG   lathe with grinder stand.JPG  
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    Mine's blue too, I got it about 12 years ago for Christmas, before I could even drive.

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    the platform for my lathe is basically 2-6' 2x4's with 5-2' 2x4's, and 2 pieces of 5/8" plywood, along with 4 swivelling casters. easy enough to roll in and out of my dad's garage. he wanted to know why i made it 6 ft long when the lathe is only 5 ft long. i told him as i was setting the grinder in place, where else would i put the grinder?
    benedictione omnes bene

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    Tod, I fixed your link

    I made my lathe base mobile by adding some special casters to it, Vaughn (and others?) use the same casters, they work great!

    http://www.zambus.com/

    Vaughn's >> Mobile Mustard << thread
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    I used these casters on my bandsaw and have been very happy with them.

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...g-Casters.aspx

    No connection - just satisfied

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Tod, I fixed your link
    sorry........didn`t know it was broken.
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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