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Offline BillG

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A piece of shop furniture
« on: August 10, 2012, 02:08 PM »
Today is rearrange the shop day to shoehorn things in a little better for a couple of jobs coming up.  While moving this piece from one side to the other, I took a couple of pictures to post, since it is primarily held together with dominoes.  This is my travel and demonstration lathe.  It also gets used for small turnings which do better at high speeds, higher than my big lathe will turn.

This is the second stand for this machine, as I wore the first one out with travel and banging around in the truck, plus one big heavy job it was never really meant to do.  This stand is all curly maple, except for the panels on the box that houses the motor and controller.  Those panels are birch veneer plywood painted brown.  Dominoes hold everything together, with the exception of the stretcher between the legs.  I started out with dominoes there too, but caught one of the legs on something while transporting it, and cracked the joint.  So, now it is held together with screws and dominoes.   :-\

The stand comes apart into three pieces for transport without any tools - the legs, the motor box, and the top.  The top has cleats which index it on the motor box, and the box is held to the legs with sash locks.  They are not the best solution, but it is what I came up with at the time.  If anyone has a suggestion that might work better, I would be glad to entertain it.  Gravity helps keep everything in place. 

The square hole in the end is for access to the motor.  By loosening the knob on the brass plate, the motor can be moved up and down to tension the belt and change the speed from one step pulley to another.  The speed can also be varied by adjusting the knob on the controller box. 

Thanks for taking a look, and if anyone has any questions, I will be glad to try and answer them. 

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: A piece of shop furniture
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2012, 02:59 PM »
Now there is a piece of shop furniture that is really furniture !   Nice.


Offline BillG

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Re: A piece of shop furniture
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 08:41 AM »
Thanks Seth.  It gets a lot of hard knocks about, so I don't know how long it will stay looking good, but for now it is holding up (so to speak).