Workshop Improvements #3: Lathe Sharpening/Storage Center

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Blog entry by ChrisCrafts posted 09-17-2011 08:45 PM 1314 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a desire for more storage and organization around my lathe. My current solution is to use every possible vertical surface for all my lathe related accessories. As you might imagine this is, well, not the best system. Mainly because it clutters up my shop and I spend my time trying to figure out what I did with this or that item. I have looked at some of the commercially available items and they are just too costly.

So here is the design I think I am going to go with. I made a few different drafts of this and so far this is the best I can come up with. I would put my grinder and Oneway Wolverine system on top of the cabinet. Then I would put my Lathe Tools in the holes around the top for easy access. There are several drawers to store the remaining items. I am not a Pro Sketchup artist so I am sure there are several improvements that can be made to the design. Feel free to make to suggest any changes, just try your best not to be a jerk about it.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 09-17-2011 09:42 PM

You might think about leaving the side open/openable where the lathe tools are stored. that way when something falls into one of the holes, it’s easy to get. At least that’s how it always happens to me. Especially with set screws, they just jump out and dive into totally inaccessable places. : )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 09-17-2011 09:50 PM

How deep is the cabinet? You will need room behind the grinder to store the wolverine jigs when not in use. Otherwise they will stick out into your shop all the time.When I made this, I got around that by elevating the tool behind the grinder. The jig slides under the sander.

How about an overhang on the sides, to see the tool. Or, are you planning for the tools to be inside the cabinet, and the handle sticking out? Leave some room between the lathe tools, and plan now for when you get more later. Here's what I did.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#3 posted 09-17-2011 10:33 PM

Nice Idea! I have a similar cabinet for my sharpening stuff, only.

I have my lathe mounted on a long cabinet that has drawers. I am constantly forgetting to fully close them and they fill with chips/shavings.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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