Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bucks County, PA
Mounting Stand Ideas for Lathe?
I haven't done any turning for years but want to make some spindles for some Hitchcock style furniture. I hadn't planned to buy a lathe but a guy had a 23 year-old Buffalo brand (Taiwan) on CL for $75 with a dozen Craftsman HSS chisels. It was literally ten minutes away. Anyway, I now own a cheap lathe with no stand. It's 3/4 hp, 14x39" with four speeds and it runs. I don't have any purpose for it but to turn some spindle legs so hopefully it will be good enough.
Anyway, I have to mount this thing. The bed consists of a couple of 2"x2" steel tubes which aren't the most flex-free design. I'm wondering what to bolt the bed to in order to stiffen this thing up. It's 8" deep and 58" long. Would a length of 2x10" do it or do I need something more solid? Ideas for the rest of the stand would be welcome, too. I figured 2x4's.