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Project by TheDane posted 06-02-2015 06:38 PM 1703 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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Details:

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!"





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moke

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#1 posted 06-02-2015 06:41 PM

very nice!!! We can always depend on you to be innovative…
Mike

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 06:58 PM

Looks great Gerry.

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#3 posted 06-02-2015 07:02 PM

Great build!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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#4 posted 06-02-2015 09:53 PM

Nice, sometimes it just makes sense to buy it instead of making it from scratch. Although it is kinda fun. LOL Nice set up for some great work which is sure to come.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 06-02-2015 10:21 PM

Nice Rack, Gerry!

I’m not a Turner, but that looks COOL and SAFE.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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WoodNSawdust

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#6 posted 06-02-2015 11:02 PM

Good rack for holding your tools. I could not tell from the pictures is the back row raised higher than the front?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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TheDane

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#7 posted 06-03-2015 12:13 AM

I could not tell from the pictures is the back row raised higher than the front?

Yes … about 1.625 inches. The tool handles rest on a ramp that is tilted 22.5 degrees.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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scott0317

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#8 posted 06-03-2015 04:32 AM

Gerry
What lathe are you bringing home. Love the tool station, may copy it.

-- I've almost got all the tools I need, almost.

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#9 posted 06-03-2015 12:10 PM

Great build!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 06-03-2015 01:29 PM

I’m stealing this one, Gerry!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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TheDane

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#11 posted 06-03-2015 01:47 PM

What lathe are you bringing home.

It’s already here … just waiting for some electrical work in the shop. It is a NOVA DVR 2024 with a swing-away bed extension …

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 06-03-2015 03:26 PM

What a neat project. This one is going into my “will build for sure” box. Good job

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#13 posted 06-03-2015 05:43 PM

I’m jealous…. your turning tool rack is so much nicer than my 1×4 with a bunch of holes drilled through it. Lathe is nicer too! Can’t wait to see some lathe projects.

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#14 posted 06-03-2015 07:42 PM

Good rack. Makes locating the tool quick.
I made something similar but put the tools in sharp end down to avoid a possible accident.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#15 posted 06-03-2015 08:31 PM

Looks good. Very nice job

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