How to Build a Wooden Lathe Stand

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How to Build a Wooden Lathe Stand
Learn how to build a wooden lathe stand. (wood image by Marvin Gerste from

A lathe is machine that holds a block of material and allows you to shape it. You place the material into the lathe and run a rapidly turning chisel against it to create the desired shape. The machine is heavy and the rapid movement causes it to shake, so having a stable lathe stand for it to be attached to is the best way to ensure good lathe work and to prolong the longevity of your machine. You can attach the lathe to this stand with bolts, according to the brackets on your machine.

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Things you need

  • 3x3 wood
  • Wood laminate
  • Clamps
  • Power drill
  • Bolts
  • Nuts
  • Carriage bolts
  • Hex nuts

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  1. 1

    Laminate three pieces of 3x3 together to make a 3x9 board. The middle piece should be 32 ½ inches long and the two exterior pieces should be 27 ¼ inches long. One of the ends should be even and the other should have a extended middle piece of 5 ¼ inches.

  2. 2

    Use a wood laminate and clamps to hold the wood together and let it dry.

  3. 3

    Make another set 3x3 to the same dimensions. These will be the uprights of the stand.

  4. 4

    Attach a 32-inch long 3x3 post to the bottom of one of the uprights to act as a foot with a drill, bolts and nuts. Bottom is the flat end of the upright, not the uneven. The upright should have the 9-inch length running along the foot.

  5. 5

    Make a foot for the other upright in the same way.

  6. 6

    Stand the two uprights so they are parallel to each other, with the feet on the outside to the right and left.

  7. 7

    Lay a 65-inch long 3x3 so it resting on the closer pieces of the upright pushed up against the raised middle portion.

  8. 8

    Place another 3x3 of 65 inches on the back part of the uprights so that they are pushed up against the middle piece from the back.

  9. 9

    Drill through the front, back and upright pieces on both ends.

  10. 10

    Insert a carriage bolt through each of the holes and secure them with a hex nut.

Tips and warnings

  • You can adjust the lengths of the uprights for a taller or shorter stand.
  • Use good quality wood to make sure it stands up to the motion and weight of the lathe.

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