Moving a Heavy Tailstock
The tailstock on my lathe is heavy. Here is my solution for ease of installing and removing the tailstock. I purchased a three-drawer storage unit on wheels from a local home improvement center. I fabricated a tabletop of melamine-clad MDF, cut to the configuration of the bed rails of my lathe and set it on the top shelf of the storage unit, lining it up to be as close to the bed-rail height as possible. I turned dowels to fit into the bed of the lathe to accurately align the storage unit with the lathe bed. From the melamine-clad MDF, I fabricated an angled tool rack that will hold a variety of tools. The total cash outlay was about $50, and I have additional storage.
~ Ken Haines