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post #1 of 6 Old 01-31-2011, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Shorter Jet 1014 extension

Hi,
I have a Jet 1014 mini lathe. I have it bolted to the top of one of those red rolling tool chests. This makes a great turning station with drawers for all of my tools and lots of wood.

There is another 16" to 17" of available space to the right of the lathe where I could add an extension bed, but the stock extension is much too long for that. Since I really need a slightly longer lathe, but don't have the means to completely replace this one, I'd like to try and adapt mine.

One alternative is to buy the extension bed and cut it off to a shorter length. I have never seen one, so I don't know if this is feasible or not. Can anyone advise me on this, or show a photo of the end that connects to the existing lathe bed?

Another alternative is to make something completely new. I do have a welder, but it's only good for 1/4" steel and I'm not very good at it.

I saw a photo that someone posted (somewhere "out there") where he had made a short extension out of wood. But I'm skeptical that a longer one would be stiff enough.

Thanks for any help that might be offered...

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-31-2011, 11:09 PM
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I don't know of any short extensions, but you may have a dandy place for your sharpening system.

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If the top of your tool box has a lip around it, you could raise the lathe up, and add an extension for support. Just my .02.?

Have pics?

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You have several options. You could just by a lathe extension and cut it down. You may have to add some bracing to the end if there aren't any supports nearby.
You could make it out of wood and top it with metal. Or you could simplymake it out of angle iron.
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Lathe extension

Yer askin fer trouble.
the best advice is Save your $$$ for a longer lathe.
You can purchase the extension for your lathe....but....dont modify it.

Make a larger deck for your toolbox and set lathe and extension on top of your tool box/deck. I use 3/4 CDX Plywood topped with Formica.

Dont buy a cast iron extension with the thought of cutting it down. Do you know anyone who can weld cast iron??? Didn't think so.

Making an extension??? out of wood???? silliest thing yet unless you have extensive woodworking in your background and much experience in joinery.

All in all, looks like you have two choices.
Buy the extension and make a larger table to put it on top of your toolbox

Save a few months and purchase a larger lathe....
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I have room to extend the lathe to the length of the tool cart, but I really don't want to go farther. I certainly don't want to buy a larger lathe just to turn some 22" long yacht flag poles. I do have the skill and tools to make one from wood, but I'm skeptical that wood would be sufficiently stiff. I do know someone who can weld cast iron (quite well, actually) but he's in New Mexico and I am not. I wasn't thinking of welding it, though. I was thinking of drilling/tapping holes and creating an adapter.

I took a look underneath my lathe today and I think I can do it, though it will be a bit different than I first envisioned it. Still haven't decided for sure to do it, though. I have another month or so before I need to decide. I'll figure something out. I do appreciate the ideas.

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