How to make a homemade stand for a metalworking lathe

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How to make a homemade stand for a metalworking lathe
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Making your own metal lathe stand is not complicated, and can easily be accomplished in a single weekend. Homemade lathe stands are often stronger and less expensive than their mass-produced counterparts. Also, by making your own lathe stand, you can customise it to your liking and include some more complicated features that other, prebuilt stands do not include. This article shows you how to build a simple but strong lathe stand out of 2-by-4 inch lumber.

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Things you need

  • 2-by-4 inch lumber
  • Hand tools

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  1. 1

    Decide how high you want your stand to be (usually about waist high or higher). Measure four legs of this height and cut them out of the 2-by-4 inch lumber.

  2. 2

    Measure your lathe bed and add 12 inches. Cut four lengths of 2-by-4 inch lumber to this length.

  3. 3

    Bolt the lengths of lumber to the top of the four legs, and connect them using two cross-braces for each set of legs.

  4. 4

    Mount the lathe bed in the table, then mount the lathe and motor to the stand. Reinforce the joints by adding triangular metal mounting brackets where two pieces of wood come together.

Tips and warnings

  • Add additional lathe-stand features like an adjustable motor mount or an extended tool bed at your discretion. Also, depending on the location of the stand, you can varnish the wood to protect it from the elements.
  • Add further adjustability to your lathe stand by including tool holders on the sides of the stand. This way, your various tools and heads will be at your fingertips while you are working.
  • You can add extra safety features, such as a shutoff switch (for the motor) or even Plexiglas guards to the sides of the stand.

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