Cart for Turning Tools

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Project by RichCMD posted 06-27-2015 07:58 PM 1186 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few months back we had remodeling done in the basement to add a half bath and greatly increase the size of my workshop. It seemed that for a long time after that, most of my time in the shop was spent setting things up and getting organized. I rebuilt my work bench, built my version of a flip top cart, and built my first wall cabinet. After that the next order of business was figuring out what to do with my turning tools.

I built this turning tool cart incorporating ideas from others here at Lumberjacks. The tool racks on top were inspired by the rack built by TheDane. The idea of a mobile cart came from hairy.

It was made mostly from left over plywood and oak lumber for the racks. I haven’t put false fronts on the drawers yet because I ran out of pieces of plywood that were big enough. While it may not be beautiful, it is certainly functional. I use the top drawer for things like calipers and the bottom drawer for chucks, face plates, and the like.

I plan to eventually add subdividers and false fronts for the drawers, but for now I am happy with it. For some time I had felt like I was spending more time working on getting the shop organized, and really was not working on the kind of projects that I wanted the shop for in the first place. Now that my turning tools are organized, I have been able to spend some time actually making things.

I still have a lot I want to do in the way of setting up shop: drawers for the workbench and flip top cart, a storage and changing station for handheld power tools, another cabinet or two, etc. However, I am happy to have reached a point where I have a choice between working on shop organization or working on actual projects.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#1 posted 06-27-2015 10:47 PM

Nice rack. I like it! And plenty of storage below is an added plus.

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#2 posted 06-28-2015 12:10 AM

Nice looking cabinet and a functional rack. Leave the false fronts till after you get some turning done.

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

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 04:53 AM

Real proffesional accessorie.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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