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Tony Ennis
06-15-2010, 10:34 PM
Made a bench for my Atlas/Craftsman. It's 19" x 72" and has a 1.25" plywood top on 2x4 joists on 8" centers. The legs are 4x4s.

Bloggy Goodness (http://tony-stormcrow.blogspot.com/2010/06/lathe-bench.html)

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Duffy
06-15-2010, 10:42 PM
That looks as if it will just about do the job! Are you going to celebrate and give it a coat of paint, (or two or three?)

RKW
06-15-2010, 10:53 PM
Not trying to change your design or give your more to consider, but what about leveling? Are you planning on adding adjustable feet so that it can be leveled or is it built perfectly level in place? ;-)

Ken_Shea
06-15-2010, 11:04 PM
What a great looking bench Tony, and built for what ever you want to put on it!

mikem
06-15-2010, 11:09 PM
How about some shelves and drawers to hold all the stuff that goes with the lathe? Some long and narrow shelves above and some drawers below would be the greatest.

Robin R
06-15-2010, 11:19 PM
You don't need adjustable feet to level it, just trim some off the legs till it's right.

polepenhollow
06-16-2010, 04:39 AM
Looks Nice and sturdy.
Add sway braces and a lower shelf and it is party ready.
K Liv

Black Forest
06-16-2010, 05:41 AM
You don't need adjustable feet to level it, just trim some off the legs till it's right.

By the time he has it level it might be a bench rather than a table!

Black Forest
06-16-2010, 05:46 AM
You don't need adjustable feet to level it, just trim some off the legs till it's right.

By the time he has it level it might be a bench rather than a table!

JoeFin
06-16-2010, 07:44 AM
Tony

The guys are right about a few shelves for tooling. Much easier just to reach down and grab the next tool bit, or drill chuck

Also might want to consider a piece of nicely stained finish plywood about 18 - 24" tall for a "Back-splash". when your threading you'll be squirting lots of WD-40 all over the work, and then when you change to a higher speed for the next op, the WD-40 goes all over the wall

ask me how I know that

I got pictures

Joe

Tony Ennis
06-16-2010, 08:53 AM
Thanks all. I'm still considering some bracing on the back side. Paint? Maybe the apron. Maybe. Shelves or shelves? Almost a certainty. I'll level the bench by inserting shims under the legs.

You can't quite see it but the bench does not go to the wall - there's a considerable gap due to the motor's placement. I'm considering adding an light duty extension to the top just to keep things from rolling onto the floor.

I'm also considering moving the motor so it's under the bench.

I need a splash guard even through the wall has a stripe already. :D