We bought a lathe (similar to this one) a while back and it had to be sent back for repairs. With the original box long gone, I built a sturdy plywood box to hold it snugly on it’s journey….and the lathe shipping crate was born!
I initially planned to try and cobble together a cardboard box for it, but this seemed flimsy and a lot more time consuming than cutting up scrap plywood.
For once, I had a fairly simple build, making the crate big enough to enclose the lathe with a little “breathing room” for the controls and power cord. After running the plywood across the table saw I attached 3 sides to the base with screws. A lot of screws. I then set the lathe centered inside the box and attached the last side. I dropped some cardboard around the sides to snug it up and cut a long strip to fit in the keyway. The strip is attached to a couple of cross members screwed to the sides of the box. This held the lathe solid.
I glued and screwed a couple pieces of scrap to the sides for handles. The lid is held on with nails for easy removal upon reaching it’s destination.
The final package weighed in at 85.5lbs.