TRASH TO TREASURE
This lathe table shows what you can do with ingenuity and some scrap iron.
SHOP OWNER: Barbara Gill
LOCATION: Urbanna, VA
This is the scrap metal stand for our Nova 3000 lathe. The aluminum tank cradle base and 8" x 14" steel bed were in the junkyard just two days ago.
Dan attached the steel box beam to the base with 1/2" bolts and blew holes in the top surface to match holes drilled in the wood plank top (not in picture).
A tractor is the best way to move a 350-lb. lathe stand. Here I am, bringing it through the door.
You can see that the steel top is like a box without ends. This is where we will put the 50-lb. blocks of iron boat ballast.
Here's the lathe on the table, all assembled and ready to go. Since this photo was taken, we've mounted the control panel on the wall behind the lathe. We have also loaded the box-beam bed with 500 lb. of pig iron, bringing the total weight of the stand to 850 lb., not including the lathe.
My first attempt at turning a bowl looks a lot better here than in hand.. . . Barbara Gill
(Editor's Note: That's a colorful piece of wood you turned there, Barbara. The bowl looks great from here!)
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