Wood Turning Room organizers

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-27-2014 03:51 PM 3268 views 8 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The shop at the high school has just been renovated with a new polished concrete floor, painted walls and a new dust collection system. All the equipment has been moved back in and all the lathes are in this little cove. And the tools are in one pile for lack of a regular place to put them. After about 4 days of looking for stuff, I made up these 4 organizers so they have a place to put them all.

They are maple with lots of holes and everything mounted and drilled at 10 degrees so they lean back into the wall. I will be making a couple or racks for the big Jet lathes so they can keep their pertinent tools right there at the lathes.

They are finished with clear lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

Here are some of the guys at work!:

And sometimes things don’t work out as planned. He was cleaning up the outer edge after doing the inside and the vibration broke the piece right along the grain

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 04:01 PM

You do good work sir! The broken bowl almost looks like it split along a glue line considering how straight it (the break) appears.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 04:38 PM

Jim all of this looks great and I don’t want to sound like ‘one of those guys’ but the kid with the hoodie is living life on the edge. The string ties for his hoodie, I don’t think I need say anymore.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 10-27-2014 05:06 PM

Very nice of you to help out our future woodworkers! Nice organization and will no doubt help the students in their learning experiences.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 05:58 PM

Looks like you have made a good improvement…

A nice young Crew to work with… Happy even when they Break a piece! :)

The only thing that stands out, in my mind, is the Cutting Tools… still look helter-skelter…
Maybe a rack with the Handles Downward would keep them nice & straight, just leaning into place, making them easier to get as well, might be a better approach… (???)

Looks like you’re having FUN teaching those kids… I know that there is a LOT of satisfaction derived from Teaching & watching your students develop into something better than from when they started…

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 06:59 PM

Great looking crew, and good work by you. But I have to agree with jumbojack. Each of those ropes around the students necks are just accidents waiting to happen.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#6 posted 10-27-2014 07:05 PM

You’re teaching them well Jim, keep things tidy & the best way to do that is to have a place for everything, looks like a real happy bunch of guys havin a ball. Well done mate
cheers Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 07:31 PM

Good one Jim. I like that dust collection pipe there on the wall. I know that’s some stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 10-27-2014 07:34 PM

That’s what I like to see. Giving back to the guys out there who are beginning their turning journey. You can always stop by and build a few racks for a whole bunch of my stuff all over the place. Lol Your a good man Jim, glad your part of our community.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 10-27-2014 10:18 PM

Nice to see some new blood in the woodworking world!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 10-27-2014 10:39 PM

Thanks guys. I have fun but I have to get up early for that first class. It is like being back at work then!!

Hi John. That is straight grain maple We might be able to save it with glue. Between classes I finished a walnut bowl that a student blew the bottom out. I sanded it flat and glued on a piece of maple and now it is a two tone bowl. He was absent today to see it!

Hi Jack. Thanks for the comment. I just saw that guy with the hood strings and the guy with the ID tag hanging down. They have a rule for no loose items like that and I missed it today with these guys. I called the shop teacher on that one because I won’t be there tomorrow. We have to reinforce that. Good catch. I don’t want any of them to get hurt!!

Hi Joe it is fun. We started the class with a wire burning demo. Lots of smoke- they liked that!
The tools on the wall look a little helter skelter but actually they are in one of the wall racks for them. The holes are not big enough so they don’t hang straight. You can’t see them but I made two racks for along side the bench with bigger holes and they hang straight. I did not want them points up in case someone should fall on them. We are improving things there every day!! I have found that since we have a place for things, they put it all away during the clean up period every day!!.

Hi Mike. This “new blood” is really taking to turning!. I’m bringing in some tree slices so they can turn some green wood too. That is just pure fun.. with the long strings flying through the air!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 10-28-2014 12:39 AM

Thanks for sharing Jim! I’ve been looking for something like this to improve my organization of chucks and accessories.

One thing that stood out to me in the photos was the two individuals that are wearing name tags.. Yikes, that could have been ugly. I”d be sure jewelry and necklaces (name tags) are removed and that long hair is pulled back out of the way. Too many people are injured or killed from things getting caught in a lathe.

Not at all trying to diminish from your fun or awesome storage project!




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#12 posted 10-28-2014 02:35 AM

Those arte really handy Jim, Hmmmm?, maybe that’s what I need for my chucks and other accessories, Chisels are done but not the other stuff.
Thanks for the idea Buddy.
Isn’t it great working with our young folk.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#13 posted 10-28-2014 04:43 AM

Nice and usefull – just what they realy need!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-28-2014 10:20 AM

Most school systems have closed their doors on a wood shop to cut costs and I think it is a crying shame. The only wood class at the High school is carpentry. And that is fine but kids need to start small making coffee tables and things small not build a pole barn that takes all school year. I loved wood shop when I was in high school. It might keep more kids in school. Nice work Jim, You ARE making a difference!

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#15 posted 10-28-2014 11:54 AM

I agree with jumbojack about the strings hanging down from the sweatshirt. Could wrap around the headstock, and none of us want that. Gotta love the Spartans, though. Go, Spartans!

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