I hear you, Mike, especially if you have to park a vehicle in there and move everything around. This $60 metal stand was a good bargain for me, and I really like having the extension bed on the lathe permanently. I no longer have to remove the tailstock to lean across it to get inside a bowl; just slide it out of the way, and no more ‘turners elbow’ hitting the revolving tail center. Plus all the added storage room to hold working gouges laid underneath it. I did buy the PSI Steady rest. Just put it on today. I won’t use it a whole lot, but it stores on the end of the lathe, and is available. I made one tool handle on this set up so far(the one in the front of the photo), and completing it was Slick! I’m glad I did this.
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