|Project by mjrhavoc||posted 12-02-2009 10:41 AM||1793 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
After yet again hearing the unmistakable “ping” a dropped turning tool makes to remind us of the unwritten law of nature which affects dropped turning tools and buttered toast in the same fashion, I decided it was time to build a proper tool holder.
The original idea came from master woodturner Palmer Sharpless (Could there be a more apropos surname for this project?) to me via Ernie Conover’s “The Lathe Book”.
The sled seems especially useful when turning small projects as half of the lathe bed is unused. As you can (hopefully) tell by the pictures, it slides into the upside down “T” of the lathe bed to keep it secure. I built it from a piece of leftover pine shelving in about 30 minutes. It was a rather quick and dirty build with residual pencil marks etc. but it was built in the spirit of function over form. Hopefully this will be of some service to my fellow woodworkers or at least prevent a few “pings”. I welcome your questions/comments.