LATHE STAND AND TOOL STORAGE IN ONE UNIT
This tool chest makes use of an otherwise wasted space.
SHOP OWNER: Chris Knob
LOCATION: Wallingford, PA
As the owner of a budget lathe with an open sheet metal stand, I've always been frustrated by both the lack of heft and the wasted space such a stand inflicts on my small shop. I decided to add storage and weight to the lathe by building a chest of drawers as a stand. Another requirement was being able to work within the same footprint and not take up any more floor space.
Although I built the chest on the cheap, it is very solid. The wood is some worse than worse eastern white pine from the local home center, which they sold as "shelf stock" at $2.50 for a 12" x 48" board.
The ends of the cabinet are frame and panel construction. The top is 5/4 #2 eastern white pine that I had lying around. The drawers feature simple butt joint construction, nailed with brads, with a ½" plywood bottom glued in. I used full extension epoxy coated budget slides from Woodworkers Supply, that when purchased in bulk, cost just a bit over $1.00 per drawer. For the finish, I brushed on three coats of an oil-based poly.
I don't know how much this case weighs fully loaded, but the level of vibration I experienced when I turned a kitchen table leg from 16/4 stock was much less. Another plus to this project is I can finally organize my sanding materials and my nicer hand tools in a space where they are protected from dust and damage.. . . Chris Knob
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