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  1. I know you're joking but I did actually look into the addition. I don't have enough distance to the property line to make it work. I might be able to find a spot on the wall, but even that space is pretty much gone. I've got two man doors, a garage door, and a large window that all eat up a lot of the wall space. My wife also insists on having some household stuff in there too, although she gave up on the car well before I started woodworking. Really, the grinder isn't all that heavy (it's only a 6") so the most sensible thing is to lift it out when I need it. I tend to set up the garage for different operations (heavy table saw use, using the planer, etc) and I expect turning will be no different. If I didn't do this, I'm not sure I could even do much woodworking in the space unless I became a mostly hand tool user.
  2. That's probably the right approach. I'm honestly not sure yet how much I'll just the lathe, so I may change my thoughts after I've had it for a bit. I also need to finish this up in the next few days so I can take care of a couple of small Christmas presents. The only other work I really need to do on this is to build the upper drawer and add the drawer fronts & handles. After that I have a couple of pen kits to try.
  3. I expect that if I went ahead, I'd have latches of some kind to secure it to the stand in the stored position. Ideally I'd also have an eye hook to transfer the weight to under the bed, but that won't be reachable because the stand is closed in for dust reasons. I can add some more weight to the bottom if it's unsteady at all, although with the splayed legs it seems pretty solid.
  4. So here's my rough thoughts on the grinder raising. I realize there aren't attachment details and so on here, but assume there's some kind of heavy duty hinge (gate hinge or similar) attaching the back of the grinder platform to the lathe stand. The support underneath could either be just a stick that get put in place, or a telescoping/folding support. Here's the "up" position. The grinder fits entirely within that space, and clears by an inch or two going through rotating up or down. The piece behind it becomes the door over the opening when it's down, and I figure it can't hurt with containing dust. And of course, this is it in the down position. The one thing I'm not crazy about is putting the weight hanging off that one spot under the lathe. I'm also not sure it it''ll want to vibrate when the lathe is going. Anyway, I'm not quite ready to jump into doing it, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any brilliant additions or changes to it. It should get the grinder up to working height, and might give me a spot to mount tool rests in front (although they might need to fold up). It does mean I'm storing it upside down, and putting all of its weight hanging on a single spot. I looked at building something closer to the mixer lifts, but that seems like a much more involved project than just using a couple of big hinges.
  5. I agree with you on using the grinder. I've got a workmate that is in theory temporary work surface in my shop, and in practice is usually always out and holding either project parts or a temporary tool setup. I'll see if I can draw what I'm thinking in sketch up, since I'll have to do that anyway to check if it works. If I don't, I'll likely just bolt it to a board with handles that I can slide out and put on the work mate (or maybe on the ways of the lathe...?).
  6. Thanks Kev. Someone had suggested it before so I looked into it a bit. The space I have under the lathe (about 13 1/2" high and 12" deep) is too small for any of the mixer lifts I looked up. Most of them seem to want a depth of 18", which makes sense since that matches up with the mixers. I think I looked at 3 different ones and they were all similar specs.
  7. I've got the internal partitions installed, and the drawer slides are in. There's not a lot of extra clearance around the motor, but it fits in there just fine. The existing tools I have for the lathe fit in the smaller top drawer along with the accessories, leaving the bottom drawer for future purchases. I haven't decided if I'll put in the top drawer to the right of the motor or not. It might work just as well to have a door on it. I'm still not sure what's the best idea for the grinder. I came up with a way to have it swing up to working height, but it requires its weight to be suspended upside down on a hinge when not in use. For now I might just defer doing anything beyond the open cubby. Now I just need to figure out how to do a 3" high angled rip cut to make the drawer fronts. This is when I really wish I had a band saw. Right now I'm thinking I'll go as high as I can with the table saw and then finish with a hand saw and plane.
  8. A couple of things that I'd put high on the list when looking: Brushless units are going to be lighter, perform better, and last longer. They will be slightly more expensive up front, but I think it's worth it. The drill and impact driver sets are relatively inexpensive these days, so unless you're pretty cost sensitive it's definitely the way to go. There's lots of sets that will get you a charger, two batteries, and the two tools. Make sure they don't only have one battery in the set - that would get old really quickly. If you have a preferred brand (Bosch) I don't see any reason why that's an issue. Most of the major power tool brands have a line of decent cordless tools, whether you go Dewalt, Bosch, Makita, or Milwaukee.
  9. I've got the Ridgid. While it's been a good saw, it's not in the same class as the true cabinet saws. If you have the budget and room, I think one of the grizzlies would be a better choice.
  10. I've proceeded into making drawers, and I'm figuring it out as I go. There will be two wide drawers that are each about 2 1/4" deep inside, with a divider above. To the right of the motor will probably be one more deeper drawer. I put together the wide drawers tonight. Just glue and pin nails for now, but I'll come back and reinforce each corner with a couple dowels. I'll add angled fronts out of hardwood later to clean up the look. The right side of the setup block is where the vertical divider ends up. I'll likely just use 1/2" ply for it, since it's not supporting much. There's just enough room for the motor (a few inches clearance) with this configuration. Hopefully I won't regret it later when I'm changing the belt position.
  11. That's a cool idea. I'm not sure if it will fit, but definitely worth looking into. EDIT: unfortunately, looks like it won't fit. The ones I looked at require at least 18" of height, and I only have 13.5". But maybe I can MacGyver something...
  12. I appreciate you putting some thought into this. My total turning experience at this point is about 3 hours, so I'm sure whatever I do there will be some cursing about it later. The grinder is way less than ideal there, but I was thinking of making it easy to pull out and clamp to a higher surface. I'm aware of the mess from it, although I thought maybe using it enclosed would help contain it. Whatever I do will still be a lot better than what I have for it now. I've seen the PVC tool storage on some other stands. I might still do that, no matter what I do underneath. I do want a spot for them to be stored away, since I have frequent visits from my small daughters in the garage. My youngest especially has a knack for grabbing whatever is dangerous.
  13. I just looked at it again. If I made the bottom drawer span across the motor portion and the middle, it would be 25 1/4" inside, assuming I left 16" for the grinder. That would be plenty for my current tools, and allow for some larger ones later. I can probably still have a couple narrower drawers above for face plates, etc.
  14. Yes, the original plan was to place the grinder on the shelf underneath at the right side. If I was going to do a quick touch up, I could do that without moving it, or I could lift it out onto another surface if I was going to do a lot of grinding. I haven't got anywhere else for it to be permanently. Right now it's living in a box on the shelf, which is kind of useless. I thought about trying to use brackets that would lift it out and up, but that seems like it would be complicated. I realize that lots of tools are quite long for the lathe. I might try to make at least one drawer that's big enough for longer tools, but my main concern right now is accommodating what I have. I also want room for a chuck, the face plate, etc to live with the lathe.
  15. I now have wheels! I have all the plywood in the picture attached, so the basic structure is there. I bolted through the plywood and stand for anything load bearing, and the rest is screwed through the metal and into wood. The casters are awesome - the lathe moves in any direction, and it's very easy to push around. I'm not sure how to space out the drawers. There's about 44" between the stand uprights. I was going to put the grinder on the right side which needs at least 15", and the motor on the left needs at least 10". I was going to use 3/4" ply for the dividers, so I would be left with a maximum of 17 1/2", so the interior of any drawer would be about 15 1/2" max, likely less. Since the lathe chisels are over 16" long, that doesn't work. I'm contemplating doing one wide drawer at the bottom that would be around 24" inside. That should allow for the current lathe tools and possibly some future ones. But that means I can't go with the simple construction I was thinking.