After several years of making lots of shavings and dust
with a small, underpowered lathe, I decided I deserved
an upgrade. My new lathe has big capacity, ample power and
electronic variable speed—important features that my old lathe
lacked. Only one thing was missing: an on-board storage cabinet
for all of my turning tools and accessories.
My new lathe has cast iron legs with brackets that were perfect
for adding such a cabinet. I chose this design because it also
includes a ballast box that holds up to 150 lbs. of sand. Adding
ballast to dampen vibration and lower a lathe’s center of gravity
is always a good practice, especially if you plan to turn large diameter
bowls as I do. Actually, you could opt to build only the
ballast box. The tool box simply nests on top of it.
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