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Dale Dykhouse
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custom make lahte stand
Jun 29th, 2024 at 10:16am
 
Thinking of buying a rikon midi, and would like to know what would be some ideas for a stand.
Preferably one that I can make.
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Re: custom make lahte stand
Reply #1 - Jun 29th, 2024 at 1:25pm
 
What level of woodworker are you?
What tools do you have?
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Reply #2 - Jun 29th, 2024 at 5:37pm
 
Not sure how you rate levels, but have all the tools and skills to make a bench.
List of tools could be quite long.
I guess that I should say wood working tools.
Have the metal skills but not the tools.
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Reply #3 - Jun 30th, 2024 at 12:20pm
 
Height is one of the main consideration for a comfortable turning experience. Most turners aligh the centerline of the lathe at about elbow height. Having a stand with adjustable height legs or top is always a good idea.
Another item to consider, it that you usually stand quite close, so try to avoid any toe-boards or low stretchers in the front to bang your legs into.
The last thing I would say is that you build it solid, very solid. There will be vibration that you need to dampen. Make your joinery and/or fasteners as heavy-duty as reasonable. There's nothing worse than a tool stand that wobbles.
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Reply #4 - Jul 1st, 2024 at 6:02pm
 
Also, heavier is better, almost without limit.  Anything that dampens vibrations (bags of sand, for example) is good.
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Reply #5 - Jul 2nd, 2024 at 11:57am
 
Another thing I ran into when I made a stand for a Nova lathe several years ago was chip clearance. The stand I made blocked the flow of chips from between the ways and I was forever digging the chips out of the lathe bed. That particular lathe may have been the worst for that problem, but it is something to think about.
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Re: custom make lahte stand
Reply #6 - Jul 3rd, 2024 at 6:39am
 
Tony Rozendaal wrote on Jul 2nd, 2024 at 11:57am:
Another thing I ran into when I made a stand for a Nova lathe several years ago was chip clearance. The stand I made blocked the flow of chips from between the ways and I was forever digging the chips out of the lathe bed. That particular lathe may have been the worst for that problem, but it is something to think about.



Very good point.  My lathe stand was constructed from a 'retired' gas grill base, with some 2x6 construction pine edge-glued to make a top.  When I upgraded from a mini-lathe to a midi (which I bolted to the top of the lathe bench), I opted to put a short length of 2x4 under both the headstock and tailstock ends of the lathe.  The primary purpose was to elevate the lathe to that magical point where the axis of rotation is about the same elevation above the floor as my elbow, but it also provided some additional space under the lathe where chips and dust can accumulate.  It is possible to clear that area, but it's not easy - my standard shop brush won't fit in that area so I have to improvise, and cleaning takes a bit longer.

In retrospect, it would have been better to make the bench a couple of inches lower, and then use additional blocking under the headstock and tailstock ends to make cleanout easier.  But that's one of those things that you never think about when designing the bench.
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