Organzing Lathe Tools

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Project by Matt Vredenburg posted 09-08-2009 06:03 AM 2457 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been turning more lately and have been using a table to store my unused tools. After having to resharpen a few tools after rolling off a table, I decided to step back and do something about the storage problem.

I picked up some scrap plywood that was laying around my shop (seem to have lots of it right now) and build quick and dirty storage unit for my lathe tool, supplies and turning blanks. It’s 60 inches wide and 90 inches tall (had to hack off the top since it was too tall for my shop doors to clear – need to follow that measure twice rule before building something like this). Hope you enjoy!

-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 06:13 AM

Very nice set up. Plenty of room for tools and suplies. Nice group of blanks just waiting to become something special.

Thanks for the idea.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 10:38 AM

That’s a very nice set-up Matt. I have something similar, but you have turning blanks storage too. A good idea.

I do have one idea for you though. I too have weighted my lathe with sandbags, but instead of leaving it open, I covered the front, sides and top below the ways with plywood. I drilled holes in the legs and attached the panels front, back, top and sides with sheet metal screws.

This makes cleaning up easier and also gave me a handy place to hang some measuring tools and stuff. Even better, it gave me a safe place to lay my turning tools on top under the ways while I am working. Maybe a good way to use all that extra plywood you have. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 11:53 AM

Looks really good.
nice lathe too

just remember to be carefull when leaning over the lathe to grab a tool

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 12:43 PM

Good idea for storage. Be careful, I see Scrappy already has his eye on your turning blanks.

-- John @

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 01:48 PM

Matt, What a great set up, exactly what I need, as a matter of fact, my lathe is the same size as well, thanks for the post and idea, I believe I’ll throw one together myself. Have the same problems with tools rolling off onto the floor, which is realy frustrating, especially when you just sharpened them…LOL. Thanks again.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 03:08 PM

Great idea Matt. Keeping the tools organized is important when turning.

I know of a turner (I wont mention any names) that has nicked a tool tip or two in my (I mean his) day rolling off of the lathe.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 03:26 PM

I have the same problem with my turnning toold.. looks good.may steal the ideal.

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 03:29 PM

Basically the same setup I use. You might want to consider replacing the lower plywood rack with a wire shelf to help drop the curlies down or they will pile up. If not, maybe angling the block they sit in towards you will help? If you decide to leave it as-is, you can usually blow them clean with a compressor…

(air is indispensible to the turner!)

-- Steven

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 04:03 PM

good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 03-16-2010 11:23 PM

This just showed up again on the home page. Nice job, good lathe setup.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 07-06-2013 10:18 PM

Looks good Matt. very fuctional…good Job..

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#12 posted 07-06-2013 10:20 PM

Is that sand in those bags? Cant tell if its sand. Looks like the have sand in them, but not sure if it’s really sand… Oh wait, they do say sand on them.

-- John, NNY,

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