I have one of these lathes:
that I'm pretty happy with. On heavier cuts and parting I get vibration
and I was wondering if an improvement to the stand might help. I have
the lathe sitting on of these:
Since this bench is only bolted-together sheet metal, it can really get
buzzing sometimes. Now that my TIG welding has progressed a bit, I was
thinking I could build a bench from 1.5" square tubing, but I was
wondering what would be best for a top. A steel plate would be cool but
I have to be able to lift a 2 ft x 4 ft piece so I think that's out for
anything thicker than 1/4". It also would not be cheap. Then I was
thinking that 3/4" MDF bolted to a steel tubing frame might be "deader"
than a 1/4" plate and may be better for damping. Any ideas out there?
- posted 15 years ago