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Project by JimChrisawn posted 03-25-2016 08:15 PM 1183 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I had ran into a situation in my shop that I had to address. I had/have three lathes, but only one set of tools. It seemed I was spending more time going from place to place to get a tool than I was turning. Of course my wife didn’t think my first solution of buying more tools was the best solution so I decided to solve the problem. I sat down with my design book and a pile of tools, chucks, measuring tools and so forth to decide how to and what I would need (want) within easy reach when I was turning. It took a bit of time but it came together. Using some 3/4” medium grade plywood and some locking casters from Home Depot the mobile tool cart became a reality. It is the perfect solution for my situation and maybe it would be for someone else as well. I also put my sharpening station on a inexpensive rolling tool box bottom so it can move with me as well it was a cheap easy project that took very little time and works great.

-- YouTube-Rock Springs Woodturner Always remember it's better to be seen than viewed!





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#1 posted 03-25-2016 11:25 PM

Nice rack.

And it looks like you have mistaken your lathe tools for clamps… because everybody knows you can’t have too many clamps ! :-)

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#2 posted 03-25-2016 11:25 PM

Oh by the way …

WELCOPME to LJs !

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 01:56 AM


Oh by the way …

WELCOPME to LJs !

- JoeinGa


Thank you Joe! I’ve been reading some and finally decided to join. I guess I did get clamps and lathe tools messed up. lol

-- YouTube-Rock Springs Woodturner Always remember it's better to be seen than viewed!

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#4 posted 03-26-2016 06:01 AM

That is really cool. Great job. Welcome to LJs

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#5 posted 03-26-2016 02:43 PM

This is a very good idea and a well executed project. I also note that you are one of the few with more cutting tools than me.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#6 posted 03-26-2016 02:44 PM

This is a very good idea and a well executed project. I also note that you are one of the few with more cutting tools than me.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#7 posted 03-26-2016 04:23 PM

This is a very nice lathe tool caddy.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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 03-26-2016 06:37 PM



This is a very good idea and a well executed project. I also note that you are one of the few with more cutting tools than me.

- RichGreer2r


HI, my name is Jim, and I’m a toolaholic. lol
I just ordered five more lathe tools…

-- YouTube-Rock Springs Woodturner Always remember it's better to be seen than viewed!

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#9 posted 03-26-2016 06:46 PM

Nice lathe cart, you should try making some lathe tools. I made several tools to cut inside corners.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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JimChrisawn

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#10 posted 03-26-2016 09:59 PM



Nice lathe cart, you should try making some lathe tools. I made several tools to cut inside corners.

- cdbridge39

I love making tools! Several of the ones on my cart are homemade. I use Enco and Amazon to get HSS blanks. Especially the smaller detail tools. I’ve got a YouTube video on making a point tool and a round skew from 1/4” round stock. I’ve also gotten blanks from Thompson to make a few tools as well.

-- YouTube-Rock Springs Woodturner Always remember it's better to be seen than viewed!

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#11 posted 03-27-2016 04:09 PM

Very nice. Would like to hear/see more about the turning tools you’ve made.

-- 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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#12 posted 03-28-2016 11:07 PM

Thats cool, nice job

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

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#13 posted 04-06-2016 01:13 PM

Dig it. Looks like you thought of everything. Is there anything that you wish you had added or not added after using it for a while?

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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JimChrisawn

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#14 posted 04-06-2016 03:33 PM


Dig it. Looks like you thought of everything. Is there anything that you wish you had added or not added after using it for a while?

- MatthewTruax

Thank you Matthew, yes there were a couple things I have added as they were not part of the original cart. I have a good many shop made tools I use often, especially when doing small detailed projects. I actually added a shelf to the left side and hot glued a couple pieces of plastic pipe to hold the small tools. I use a couple different size handles and just change out the tools as needed.

-- YouTube-Rock Springs Woodturner Always remember it's better to be seen than viewed!

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