Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sometimes in Oregon, sometimes in California, sometimes in Ursa Major
Shorter Jet 1014 extension
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...