Lathe chisel rack

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Project by blue77 posted 01-25-2016 07:20 AM 2884 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My previous way of storing my lathe tools was not Ideal (the bucket) so I figured I would spend some time and tidy things up a bit. I made the rack out of some oak pallet wood I keep around for just this kind of thing. It’s nice to be able to see everything all laid out in front of me.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 08:42 AM

That’s very nice, Blue
But, what would you do,
If you had no wall
To stick the thing to?

No. Really. All, or most of my lathe tools live in an old leather purse that hangs from the end of the lathe. I have no available wall space.

What’s wrong with the purse, as a holder?

Tools fall out. Frequently. And, I have to bend over to fetch a tool.

Wonderful idea, yours, and this

Alas, no wall space. And, my old Shopsmith admits of no such mounting.

A rolling wall, perchance?

Sorry to turn your Page into a plea for help.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 09:41 AM

Hi mark I found some ideas from people more talented than me. It should get those creative juices flowing.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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#3 posted 01-25-2016 01:23 PM

Nice looking rack and an good way to store your turning tools.

If I ever get enough turning tools to need a rack I will remember your design.

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

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#4 posted 01-25-2016 01:31 PM

It’s always easy to work when everything is well organised and on hand.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-25-2016 03:18 PM

Good set.

-- Ganchik Sasha

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#6 posted 01-25-2016 03:33 PM

Hi, nice looks like way too many tools for just a beginner, more like a lifetime, ha ha, I like turning mostly bowls and I use a 1/2 inch bowl gouge the most. Looks like you have some nice wood, I use mostly birch as that is all that grows here.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 01-25-2016 04:36 PM

That’s a nice rack and will be a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-25-2016 05:11 PM

Nice tool holders, both the wall hung and the mobile versions! Nice of you to find those for Mark (and others). Great thing about the folks on this site, their willingness to help! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 01-25-2016 05:36 PM

Well done, looks great….

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

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#10 posted 01-25-2016 05:42 PM

Blue I made something similar that’s hanging on the wall but when I get going on a project I find I’ll have 3 or 4 tools right at hand. When I’m on my big lathe I have a holder similar to the one Jim Jakosh made. When I’m on the smaller lathe I have another that either sits on the ways or on the bench behind the lathe.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 01-25-2016 06:29 PM

Hi Blue. Nice tool holder. Good to see organization. I have a wall mounted one and also built a rotary one and mounted it on the lathe so I could have the most used ones right at hand. Might be time for me to make another one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 01-26-2016 06:29 AM

Thank you for the kind words! The funny thing is I only use about 3 or 4 tool but when I find them cheap at a garage sale or on kijiji I can’t help myself.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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