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Just Another Ugly Little Lathe Tool Caddy

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Project by Lazyman posted 03-02-2017 10:11 PM 754 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are probably dozens of different designs for these and I borrowed from several of them. I have accumulated a pile of lathe tools (last picture) and they usually wind up in a pile and get buried by chips as I go. I don’t use all of these but since I typically use my outfeed/assembly table for my midi lathe while turning, I needed an easy way to keep them organized while turning and move them out of the way while I am not turning. This was just some salvaged pine from an old bunk bed that I found on someones trash pile. I needed an excuse to try using the Milescraft Dovetail Template master and this fit the bill so I decided to join it using dovetails.

The PVC is cut at an angle and open on the bottom so that chips do not accumulate in them while turning. I probably should have used a different piece that didn’t have that ugly knot on it for the flat rack I added for keeping centers handy. That piece is not glued on so I can always swap it out if I find I need a different configuration of holes on it.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 03-02-2017 11:45 PM

Nice idea, you can see which one you need at a glance. may be a bit dangerous but there is nothing wrong with just being more careful.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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jeffswildwood

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#2 posted 03-03-2017 12:20 AM

This looks like it would work out real nice. Good use of PVC pipes.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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Blake Haskins

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#3 posted 03-03-2017 12:46 AM

I don’t think I would consider this ugly at all

-- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRuWi7P7eIcNOckoxBI-ZRA

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Rick M

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#4 posted 03-03-2017 03:39 AM

I like the concept

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 03-03-2017 03:49 AM



Nice idea, you can see which one you need at a glance. may be a bit dangerous but there is nothing wrong with just being more careful.

- bushmaster

You do have to be careful when you carry it because the sharp points can be a little close to the jugular.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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OnhillWW

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#6 posted 03-03-2017 03:01 PM

Like all the best design – form follows function – nice job.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 03-03-2017 04:45 PM

That’s not ugly to me. It’s very practical and seems to also be very efficient. It’s a wonderful space saver. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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HokieKen

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#8 posted 03-03-2017 04:52 PM

Nice work Nathan. I desperately need something to hold my lathe tools too. If I can ever decide on a design a build a stand, I’ll work on the holder :-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Lazyman

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#9 posted 03-03-2017 05:22 PM

Thanks. This holder definitely makes turning less frustrating trying to find tools that have gotten buried in the chips. I was originally thinking about just putting them in a row like most people do but it either has to be attached to something or wide enough that it won’t fall down. Plus I would end up reaching over the lathe to get at tools with my setup so this allows me to put it at the end and be able to reach everything easily.

This one can hold about 24 tools depending upon the sizes plus all of the MT centers that the shelf can hold on the front with a foot print of about 16” x 10”, including the 1.5” overhang of the shelf in the front. The small foot print make sit fairly easy to find a place to put them when not turning. Only thing I would change so far is that I might make it an inch or two taller but even the giant bowl gouge works just fine. I also thought about making square dividers instead of the PVC but I opted for the PVC because of the configuration flexibility that they provide. They can be easily removed and swapped out if I find a need.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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jeff

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#10 posted 03-04-2017 05:59 AM

Nice to a have place for your lathe tools-I like it.I use a rack with pvc to store my parting tools.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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