Making a lathe stand (part 1)

Last weekend I acquired a Jet 1221VS. While I’ve already played with it quite a bit, I need to build a proper stand for it before I can do any real work. Since floor space it at a premium in my shop, and I wanted the stand to be quick to build, I decided to make a trestle style stand for it.  I’m going to use 8/4 hard maple for the stand, since I have a lot of it on hand, and it’s a strong durable wood. Since I might buy a bed extension at some point in the future, I decided to keep the stand modular. Thus, the stand will be held together with bolts like a  bed is.

Thanks to mother nature keeping the temperature in my shop in the low 30’s, the only things I’ve gotten done so far is dimensioning the stock, and making the mortise template shown below. Thankfully it’s supposed to warm up over the next few days, so I should be able to make some substantial progress.


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