|Project by TheDane||posted 06-02-2015 06:38 PM||1559 views||13 times favorited||16 comments|
With a new lathe ready to move into the shop, I needed a better way to store turning tools and accessories.
My initial thought was to build a cabinet on wheels with a tool rack and drawers, but then I saw this Husky tool cabinet at Home Depot and decided to go with it and just build a ‘topper’. I have rack space for 24 tools on top, and plenty of drawer space for chucks and accessories. I used up some scraps (plywood and pine) with 3 coats of polyurethane.
The drawer interiors (like the cabinet) are black, so I decided to make vinyl drawer liners out of Chrome Diamond Plate Floor Protector from the flooring department at Menards.
The tool holder is 13 1/2” high and 8” deep.
The cutouts for the tools were done with a 1 3/4” Forstner bit with 1/4” space between them. I drilled the holes down the center-line of a 3” wide board, cleaned them up with a round-over bit on the router table, then split the board down the middle to create the top and bottom for each row of tools.
The top/back is 7 1/2” above the front/bottom. The tools sit on a ramp that is sloped at 22.5 degrees.
I used 1/2” plywood for the base, sides, and back … the cut-outs and the ramp we milled from 1/2” pine.
The joinery was done with dowels and biscuits (I like to hide my joinery when I can!).
I sanded to 320, then hit it with 3 coats of spray lacquer.
Hope this helps!
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"