This step by step diy woodworking project is about lathe stand plans. I have designed this lathe stand cabinet so you can store the tool in a professional manner, as well as its accessories. This stand features a storage shelf and two front doors, so you can keep the chisels and the other accessories safe from dust and other chips. However, remember you need to adjust the size of the stand to suit your needs.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Lathe Stand Plans
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- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 33 1/2″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 15″ long FRAME
- C – 2 pieces – 11″x29 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 29 1/2″x36″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 18″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18″x33″ long SHELVES
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18″x33″ long FLOOR
- F – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 36″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/2″ long TRIMS
- G – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 18 3/4″x36″ long TABLETOP
- H – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 15 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 17 1/4″ long, 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 10 3/4″x17 3/4″ long 2xDOORS
- 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 4’x4′
- 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 4′
- 3 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 6′
- 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 6′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- door knob
- hinges, latch
Building a lathe stand cabinet plans
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the lathe stand. Mark the cut lines on the legs and then get the job done with a circular saw. Make 1 1/2″ deep parallel cuts inside the marked area and then use a chisel to remove the excess material. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the 2×4 supports to the slots and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure the supports into place tightly.
Afterwards, you need to assemble the frame of the lathe stand. Therefore, cut the supports from 2×4 lumber and then secure them to the legs, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting, before inserting the 2 1/2″ screws. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood floor to the bottom of the frame. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and then insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 6″ along the framing, to lock it into place tightly.
Next, you need to fit the 3/4″ plywood panels to the sides of the lathe stand. Align the edges flush and then use 1 5/8″ screws to lock them to the frame of the stand. Alternatively, you can also use 1 1/4″ pocket screws to secure the panels to the legs. Add glue to the joints.
Fit the 1×2 cleats to the cabinet, so you can install a shelf.
Cut the shelf from 3/4′ plywood and then secure it to the cleats with nails.
Fit 1×3 and 1×4 trims to the front of the lathe stand cabinet. Cut the trims at the right dimensions and then secure them into place with 1 1/2″ brad nails.
Cut the tabletop from 3/4″ plywood and then fit it to the top of the stand. Align the edges flush and insert 1 1/2″ brad nails and glue to secure it into place tightly.
Fit 1/4″ plywood to the back of the lathe stand cabinet. Align the edges flush and then insert brad nails or staples to lock it into place.
Build the door frame from 1×3 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical slats and then insert 1 1/4″ screws into the perpendicular components. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.
Use a router to make 1/4″x1/4″ rabbets to the interior of the door frame.
Fit the 1/4″ plywood panels to the door frame, as shown in the diagram.
Center the doors to the opening, making sure you leave around 1/8″ around the edges. Use hinges to lock the doors to the frame of the cabinet. Moreover, install a latch so you keep the doors locked, as well as door pulls.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and let it dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper and apply a few coats of paint or stain.
Remember that you need to adjust the size of the lathe stand cabinet to suit your needs. Moreover, you can add drawers or remove the middle shelf according to your needs. Also, if you plan on moving the stand from one location to the other, install caster wheels to the bottom .
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