DIY - Jet Midi Lathe Stand


Call it a Jet mini or a midi, but either way, the steel stand sold as an accessory didn't impress me much.
So I built this thing. Rock solid, no vibration or sway, and other than a modicum of time, it cost very little to build. The lathe is registered to the top with hanger bolts, but not tightly, only to control vibration which might allow movement. Thick woven synthetic pads are located under each mounting boss for further vibration absorption. The bed is 3.25" thick, and 10" wide.
Further improvements include a removable tool-tray on the headstock end for chucks, jaws, tools, etc., and a sloped shelf for holding cutting tools that are awaiting use.
http://www.thevideodoc.com/Images/LatheStand01.jpg
http://www.thevideodoc.com/Images/LatheStand02.jpg
It is based upon this CAD drawing...
http://www.thevideodoc.com/Images/LatheStandP02.jpg
Being wood, it may loosen up over time, but so far it's impressively solid - even with a big, unbalanced cherry blank mounted. The 1/2" carriage bolts may be tightened to compensate for 'wear'. Blocks are glued and screwed, and the entire thing knocks down.
FWIW,
Greg G.
Greg G.
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Nice job looks very solid. Question what software did you use for the CAD 3D drawing?

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Connor Aston said:

Thanks. Old ver of Autodesk and RenderMan.
FWIW,
Greg G.
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Greg,
Awesome job. How would one go about getting some detailed plans and materials list?

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