Rate my meatball lathe stand

As I posted a while ago, I have this Atlas 10x24 that came on a firewood bench.
I cut that up with the ol' chainsaw and built this:
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The legs are from an ancient FE Reed that that someone junked. Main planks are
antique close-grained pine 2x12s. Bolted together, it weighs about 180 pounds
and is as solid as a rock. Won't budge an inch if given s swift kick.
I'm just curious if I overlooked anything in particular in this fine example of
hack carpentry.
GTO(John)
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GTO69RA4
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Way cool, John! That sucker should stand the test of time with no sweat.
Harold
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Harold & Susan Vordos
Looks pretty good to me. Only question I have is how you are going to control chips and coolant from splattering everywhere?
Other than that..finest kind.
Gunner
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Gunner
Hey John,
Looks very nice. My only negative is rather in the form of a suggestion, and that is to counter-bore for the bolt-heads and washers to below flush with the table top. Especially if you intend to put on a chip tray. Even if you do a chip tray, it won't require any more than two or four of the "bolts" to hold it in place, and in fact should use much smaller screws or the lathe hold-down bolts anyway.
And I assume that the open space will be for a drawer. I have one on mine that is really handy.
Take care.
Brian Lawson, Bothwell, Ontario. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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Brian Lawson
On 04 Oct 2004 03:34:51 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (GTO69RA4) calmly ranted:
Erm, _PAINT_? Strip and paint those legs, prime and paint (or clean and lacquer) the new top.
Looks sturdy! Good job.
P.S: Kicking solid cast iron is a good way to lose toes, John.
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Larry Jaques
I probably would have made a trip to Home Cheepo and sprung for some carriage bolts, and whacked 'em in if need be so they were flush with the top.
Otherwise, as they say down Maine, "Pretty is as pretty does."
Jeff
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Jeff Wisnia
That's a valid suggestion, but I've had enough fun getting chips and crap out of counter-sunk bolt holes. As far as a chip tray, I sort of got used to using smaller lathes like this on open stands. Sweep, sweep, sweep. Might add one if something pretty turns up.
GTO(John)
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GTO69RA4
I figure I'll attack those legs sooner or later, but they look better in person. Something about spending more time with the wire brush...
All the wood as shown in the photo was surface planed, sanded, and slathered librally with varnish. Still need to work on my woodworking technique.
GTO(John)
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GTO69RA4
I'd give it a 8.65 and a third. lg no neat sig line
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larry g
How about MY lathe table?
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(1x4 white oak glued and nailed, plus 3/4" plywood top, 2 x 4' overall. And yeah, I need to reinforce the legs.)
Tim
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