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Project by mjrhavoc posted 1694 days ago 1628 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-Cameron

-- Cameron





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PineInTheAsh

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#1 posted 1694 days ago

Nice job and pics Cameron.

Any dancing tool rattle from vibration?

Hope to see more of your submissions here on LJ.

Best,
Peter

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aldente

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#2 posted 1694 days ago

I noticed some buck bros. tools. What do you think of them?

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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Kindlingmaker

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#3 posted 1694 days ago

I like the idea. If the V cuts were made as U cuts and a rare earth magnet placed into each U that the iron rests in might give a bit more security when the vibrations rumble… maybe…
Thanks for the post!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1694 days ago

Looks like a good Idea, good job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mjrhavoc

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#5 posted 1693 days ago

@Peter—-I haven’t noticed any vibration issues but I have only turned small projects.

@Rodd—-I have no complaints with the Buck Bros tools. My novice turning skills have not yet required me to be picky about my turning tools so long as they are sharp. ;-)

-Cameron

-- Cameron

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paulcoyne

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#6 posted 1693 days ago

this is a great idea and would love to never here that ping again and will knock one of these together, like the idea of the magnets as well…

-- thats not a mistake... i ment that

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BTKS

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#7 posted 1693 days ago

Great recycled idea, thanks for posting. I’m always looking for a place to set turning tools while keeping them easy to exchange. Thanks again, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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scrappy

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#8 posted 1693 days ago

Great use of scraps! Wonderfull idea!

Now, where do I put the other 17 tools that I use on a regular basis? (have 24 on my bench, all different) haha

Thanks for the idea.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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

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spalted

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#9 posted 1584 days ago

Thank you for the idea. I made one last night and wonder how I ever got by without one. It’s great!

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