My lathe bench I’m making from salvaged steel is progressing well.
Design parameters are:
– must provide support to my 10×22 desktop lathe with milling attachment.
– must be able to be disassembled for transport with the top functioning as a transport pallet for the lathe with lifting points
– must allow lathe bed twist to be shimmed or otherwise adjusted out
– must provide solid support on uneven ground
– must be fun to build!
The main element is a 150mm I-beam, the legs are bolted 100mm x8mm angle. It has a support finger for the foot of the milling attachment.
I had hoped to get away without cross braces due to the large dimensions of the main elements, but alas it was not to be, it flopped around like a wet noodle before adding the braces.
The feet are M22 nuts welded on with bolts threaded in to provide leveling.
My current table is made from Mdf and 25×50 rhs and when I try to adjust out lathe bed twist it just makes a wave in the Mdf top. This should be a big improvment.
Next step on this is to weld bracing to tie the flanges of the I-beam together so that the lathe can’t flop about the webbing plate an to stiffen the top against twist moments.
Pic is attached.
Edit: oh sorry I can’t upload the pic from my phone because I don’t have a way to shrink it to below 1Megabyte
Edit 2: Image uploaded