Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing how I built a mobile stand for my lathe. I originally wanted to build a lathe stand that was perfect for my height but somewhere along the lines I butchered the math. (No worries, I’ll just use a platform to make up the difference.) The design of my lathe stand was inspired by one of the lathe stands I spotted in @onionwood’s shop. @onionwood is an incredibly talented woodturner and instructor. I highly recommend you take a moment to check out her Instagram page and see her work.
Now, let’s get started!
I finished my lathe stand. Yay! 🙌 The design for this stand was inspired by one of the lathe stands built by @onionwood. 😊 (and if you haven’t checked out @onionwood’s profile you should 😍) I’ll add a few hooks and tool storage to it soon. 👍 . Maybe when I’m ready to upgrade my lathe I’ll build a version 2 with the correct math. 🤣 . #lathestand #mobilelathestand #diy #dowoodworking #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #woodcraft #woodturning #woodturner #lathe #harborfreight #centralmachinery #harborfreightlathe #kregjig #diyhalloffame #pocketholes #garage #garageshop
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Tools and Supplies
The following items are some of the tools and supplies that I gathered to build my mobile lathe stand.
- 2x4x8 (2)
- 2x6x8 (1)
- Wood glue
- 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
- 3″ swivel caster wheels with brakes (4)
- Screws (12) and washers (12) for the caster wheels
- 2×4 – 29″ (3) Bottom Shelf
- 2×4 – 24″ (2) Leg Base
- 2×4 – 12″ (2) Leg Top
- 2×4 – 29 1/2″ (4) Legs with 12 degree bevel
- 2×6 – 29″ (2) Top Shelf
- 2×6 – 13″ with 12 degree miter short point to short point (2) Leg braces
- 2×6 – 32 3/4″ (1) Main Brace
I had a ton of 2×4 and 2×6 scraps, and I was able to build my stand without a lumber trip. (Scrap wood projects FTW!)
You should adjust these measurements to suit your height (or use a platform to increase your height). Measure the length from your elbow to the ground. This is the height at which your lathe’s center to be.
How to Build a Mobile Lathe Stand
Step 1: Cut all the boards to size
Follow the cut list and cut the 2×4 and 2×6 boards down to final size.
Now, in hindsight I also wished I took the time to ensure my boards were square with my jointer and planer. I skipped this step because I was lazy and I reasoned this shortcut was acceptable because this is a shop project. When I began to assemble the base, I regretted the decision. However, in the end (and with the help of many clamps) it all worked out.
Step 2: Drill pocket holes
With a pocket hole jig drill pocket holes into:
- Each end of the bottom shelf boards
- Each end of the top shelf boards
- Each end of the table legs
- Each end of the leg braces
Step 3: Assemble the legs
Grab the table legs, leg base and leg top to assemble the legs of the mobile stand. The assembled leg should look like a trapezoid.
- Screw the table legs on top the table leg base (2×4 – 24″)
- Screw the table legs underneath the table leg top (2×4 – 12″)
Step 4: Attach the top shelf supports
Join the top shelf supports (2×6 – 29″) to the table legs.
Step 5: Attach the bottom shelf supports.
Join the bottom shelf supports (2×4 – 29″) to the table legs.
Step 6: Attach the leg braces
Join the leg braces (2×6 – 13″) to the table legs.
Step 7: Attach the main brace
Attach the main brace (2×6 – 32 3/4″) to the two leg braces.
Step 8: Install the caster wheels
Drill pilot holes for the caster wheel screws and install one caster in each corner of the mobile lathe stand with screws and matching washers.
Step 9: Drill holes for the lathe’s feet (optional)
Move the lathe to the stand and trace an outline of the lathe’s feet. Remove the lathe from the stand and drill holes with a Forstner bit about an 1/8″ deep for each foot. This is an optional step but I think it will prevent the lathe from sliding around on top of the stand.
Step 10: Enjoy!
Install hooks and other accessories and enjoy having a lathe on wheels!
DIY Mobile Lathe Stand