Finally decided to get around to making my lathe stand. I'm 6'3" tall, and my elbow height is 48". So, I wanted to have the spindle height just below that. On my delta midi the spindle is 13" high, so I want the table height to be just about 36". I had some legs left over from some old bunk beds kicking around, which were a 2x6 with a 2x4 glued and screwed onto it. I figured, black paint aside, they were just about perfect for my purpose.
I had thought of using the torsion box from my old bench, but decided that was a bit too deep.
So, I looked around and found another cast off from the bunk bed ; a wooden I-beam of sorts. This was used to support the plywood platform, and it had 3/8" carriage bolts securing it to the side rails. I decided that would make a good 'spine' for the lathe stand. I screwed and will bolt the 4 legs to the I-beam. I'm going to put a piece of 1/2" plywood under the feet of the lathe, and will screw that down to the legs.
I'm going to add a ballast box lower down on the legs, as well as a set of trestle feet to add some stability front/rear on the stand too. I was getting tired so I decided that it could wait until tomorrow (or, whenever I manage to get out there again)
I found some l-brackets in the scrap bin, so they'll serve to hold up the ballast box.
the upper bracket will hold a tool rack eventually.