Lathe Tool Rack

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-19-2015 06:23 PM 2369 views 2 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love organizational projects and I like to have my own. So, when I got this new lathe I started using it and had to go looking for all the stuff that used to be handy on my old one. It was in drawers now. So I stopped everything and started designing a rack and a couple tables to sit on the ways for frequently used tools.
The head can be positioned anywhere on the bed so I moved it in about 8” to give enough room for a sander table. Then I bolted the frame for the rack onto the bed and started designing from there. I wanted everything I had before and a few other additions.

It is made from maple plywood with an angle iron frame in back, The shelf that sits on the head has a tray routed into it for some gages I use often. The rack has dedicated holes and pegs to hold the tools I use the most.
The tray for the sander has a T channel under it so it won’t tip over. The other sliding tool tray just has a tongue that fits in the bed to slide back and forth. I made that so the gouges and other tools have a place to safely sit so they don’t fall on the floor.

It is finishes with clear plastic spray.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 06:35 PM

That’s quite a Tool rack… Looks good… Will make it easier for you…

Way to go!


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

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 06:39 PM

You are the man! Everything right at your finger tips! Great time saver and by the way… you new lathe is the bomb!! Keep up the good work and Happy holidays to you and yours!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 06:41 PM

Great tool rack.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 07:53 PM

Now I know how you get so much done in the shop Jim , basically you’re toooo dammed organised & don’t spend enough time looking for gear like the most of us ::: )))
Nice set up mate, hope you enjoy that new toy
cheers bud

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

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#5 posted 12-19-2015 08:27 PM

Great organizational aids—nicely thought out, designed and made.

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

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 08:35 PM

Jim The Jeanius

-- Mark

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 09:55 PM

Nice job on the rack Jim.
Here’s my rough & ready chisel rack but it is convenient.


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 12-20-2015 12:32 AM

Nothing handier than a good tool rack, nice job.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#9 posted 12-20-2015 12:39 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments!

Hi Pete, I hate to waste time looking for stuff That said, I have a surprise for my wife when she gets home. I hated to look for baking pans etc. under the corner cabinet because it is so dark under there.I always had to run and get a flashlight ( wasted time!!)So, while she is gone to Az., I put a transformer and LED lights on the top and bottom shelves with a trigger switch on the door. I can’t wait until the first time she goes in there hunting!!!!!!!!!! Don’t tell her, anyone!!

Hi Tony. I have a roll around rack for the chisels and gouges but I don’t keep it too close to the lathe because it would get buried in chips. So I just take the ones I need for the job and sit them on that table now. You have a nice handy setup there!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 12-20-2015 12:51 AM

That is awesome and well thought out. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 12-20-2015 01:11 AM

Jim. That is really neat rack and tool tray. How do you keep it so clean. I didn’t see a vacuum system setup. Great work setup though.

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#12 posted 12-20-2015 01:20 AM

Nice add-ons.

What do you think of the galaxi? I just saw the literature on it and am really curious about it. Any general review/comments?

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#13 posted 12-20-2015 01:35 AM

Well thought out and very practical!

-- 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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#14 posted 12-20-2015 01:53 AM

Great add ons Jim,must be a bugger being tidy and knowing where everything is. Not only will your wife be surprised with the lights mate but what about that new lathe? Santa couldn’t just have left it. Enjoy the Christmas, New Year season. Glad you liked our new National Anthem about those free loading foreigners.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#15 posted 12-20-2015 02:22 AM

Nice Lathe, great idea on the storage , so handy

-- Norman

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