Server Racks, Homemade Lathe tools and other stuff

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 01-23-2012 07:03 AM 2987 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my office we had this particle board shelf unit that held a computer, printer fax machine paper and some other heavy items. As you can see the weight had it’s tole I ended up building a new custom shelf unit to replace this a long time ago we just never threw this out. Instead I decided to bring it home and use it as a computer cart for in the shop. It already had wheels I just need to make it sturdy.

I added about 6 screws in the top, and a few on the sides this pulled everything together nice and tight. It’s pretty sturdy now, at least sturdy enough to hold my computer that’s in the shop. I also moved my rack that holds my safety goggles, and ear protection it seemed to make more sense here since I can take them off sit down and watch some streaming netflix or browse lumber jocks.

Addng a computer out to the work shop has really made things better, I can take a lot of breaks sit down watch some star trek streamed from netflix, or listen to music or radio etc.. I also loaded sketchup so i can access my models in the garage. It has made a huge improvement to the time I spend in the shop.

I’m working on a small server rack since the comercial one we have is huge, metal and can’t really find a place to put it or get it into my house all that easily. I decided I’d build a small one to hold our rack mounted firewall, switch and our servers etc.. the cool thing is comercial server rack came with these little metal clips with a nut in them.

The clip just snaps into a square hole on the comercial server rack, I made some tests with a thin peice of scrap oak I had and it worked out great, I made a cabinet carcas out of plywood that I’ll end up screwing or glueing these strips of oak too that I can snap on the metal clips to screw in the rack mountable server equipment.

Yesterday I made some small feet for the server rack, I tapered the edge just to dress it up, it will keep it off the floor and I think make the whole thing looks nicer. Using painters tape as a clamp to hold it together during glue up.

So I saw these easy wood tools, the turning tools that use a carbide tip to cut with instead of a traditional steel gouge or what not. To me this sounds awesome and then I saw the price. Granted the price is pretty much in line with other high end turning tools but I dunno it just seems high to me. I ended up picking up 1 of the carbide replacement blades for 15$ at woodcraft and wanted to see if I can drill a hole in some steel rod and mount the blade to it.

Well, that didn’t work out so well. I had a steel rod I bought from lowes, I ground a flat edge on it using my worksharp (I know now the best but it worked) and tried to drill a hole in it so I can use a screw tap to create some threads. Well that didn’t work, the drill bits I have (the wood craft sets that are like 100 or so bits that go on sale for 40$ every so often) .. well I broke 2 bits trying to drill into it .. the bit was just too small, too cheap and the steel was too tough.

I had an aluminum rod in my shop so I wanted to just see of my concept would work even though I know aluminum would not be good for a shaft of a lathe tool. I was able to grind a flat surface easily enough and drilled the hole. Then I tried to use a screw tap to thread the hole and the darn thing snapped inside the hole!

I’ll be returning that kobalt thread tapping thing to lowes this week, a little mad about that.

Speaking of broken the blade on my paint scraper that I use to clean off glue squeeze out broke in half. I pretty much only use it to scrap off glue, but I guess it had enough and just broke. So I need to remember to get a replacement blade.

I just keep a small container of the rocker blade and bit cleaner solution handy whenever I use a drill bit or router bit I wait for it to cool if it’s warm then I drop it in the container for 5-10 minutes and pull it out and wipe it down. This keeps the bits nice and clean and it makes it less of a hassle to clean em later.

Every now and again it’ll look a little gross with sawdust and grime and whatever is floating around in there and it’s time to clean it out.

Just pour it through a paint filter into a cup and the paint filter will catch all the sawdust and such.

Then poor the solution back into the container and it’s ready to clean more drill bits.

That’s it for me this weekend, I have a floating shelf idea I want to try and I still need to work on my saw cart I don’t know why I keep putting that off.


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#1 posted 01-23-2012 07:24 AM

Jeremy cool project I especially like the idea of keeping the bit cleaner in a small container like that
I am going to give that try

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 06:34 PM

Good tips, and ideas.
A little jealous about a computer in the shop.
Gotta work on that…..:)
Now get out there and finish that saw cart!

-- Eric, central Florida

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