Counterweights for Lathes

Lathes shake, rattle and roll, especially when you’re starting a turning and roughing out unbalanced stock.

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Lathes shake, rattle and roll, especially when you’re starting a turning and roughing out unbalanced stock. That’s why just about any wood turner has a tube of playground sand on the shelf below for stability. But Serge Duclos had a better idea. He filled old gallon jugs with playground sand. They don’t take up as much room, they can do double duty as doorstops, and they never leak. Best of all, you’ll have heavy weights on hand for glue-ups and other odd jobs.

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