Red's Lathe Stand and Turning Tool Rack

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 11-22-2014 05:05 PM 3721 views 15 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the beginnings of a “Turning Corner” in my shop. Like usual, I borrowed aspects of designs I saw on the web and put my own twist on them.

The stand is built from southern yellow pine. Really just some 2×10 joists I milled up. SYP works wonderfully with and tools. The construction is pretty much the same as the Schwarz sawhorses I've built previously. Just added the lower cabinet for storage. Also, you can see the hidden lower shelf in once pic. It’s filled with scrap steel to weigh down the stand and keep it stable.

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The Tool Rack, however, is mostly made of Ash. You can see it’s just a gravity system for them to rest. I chopped some though mortises and wedged them with some mahogany….just cause.

Build pics:


I still have a lot I want to do with this space: lighting, sandpaper rack, etc. It all take a little time and money.

And yes, turning is very addictive.

Take care ya’ll, Red

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 05:20 PM

As usual, you nailed this one (no pun intended). That doesn’t look anything like the ash I have in my garage, what was the finish?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 05:21 PM

red that my dream to be able to make those thru tenon
They really stand out looks very nice
Your leaving leaving up to decking out your shop BRK style
Nice job bud


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#3 posted 11-22-2014 07:03 PM

excellent set-up, I love the stand and the tool holders, very nice and clean!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 11-22-2014 07:56 PM

Thanks guys. I love me some organization;)

Ed, the finish is just blonde shellac. I had that wide ash board(lawl) for years….finally put it to use.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#5 posted 11-22-2014 08:10 PM


-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 08:42 PM

Nice Red,

you have a perfect spot for your lathe too!

-- Putty

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 09:06 PM

Great additions to a great shop Red…..nice work!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 11-22-2014 09:32 PM

Nice set up Red.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 11-22-2014 09:58 PM

Nice job with the through tenons, Red.

I don’t see a skew in the set of turning tools ☺

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#10 posted 11-22-2014 11:20 PM

Very nice Red.
Boy do I like that. Nice and clean. Closed box below and open chisel holder above – perfect. I really need to work on my setup.

Love the through tenon – I am to chicken to try that.
And love that you snuck in a dust port in the back. Good move.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 11-23-2014 12:38 AM

Nice set-up you got there…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#12 posted 11-23-2014 03:43 AM

Great work on both, Red. I like the a-frame style lathe stand, looks really sturdy. I need to build a lathe tool holder like that someday, great idea.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 11-23-2014 03:45 AM

Love the closed storage….
That is one idea I WILL be steal~~~, err borrowing!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 11-23-2014 12:31 PM

Very great work. Thanks for posting your project

-- Patrick's work shop

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#15 posted 11-23-2014 01:48 PM

The organization is great. Very cool setup.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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