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Project by builtinbkyn posted 08-06-2017 12:34 AM 977 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made a quick and dirty little project today. Since it seems that turning requires it’s own set of tools and accessories, they need their own storage solution. So I searched out what had been done before rather the reinvent the wheel. I found this nice solution to storing the turning tools I currently own with room for a few more ;) and some storage for accessories such as chucks, jaws and the like.

I don’t know if Mickey and Jed are LJs, but thanks for making your web site and posting the project with detailed instructions and dimensions. Though I modified the design to suit my needs, the general layout provided helped the process go much quicker.

I found that these little shop projects and the swap projects are great for someone like myself who is still learning the finer points of the craft. They help build confidence and provide an opportunity to practice and improve different skills so they can then be applied to some finer projects down the road.

This one could have been accomplished using different joinery, but I really just wanted to get the tools out of the bin below the lathe and it completed in one day. I used some 3/4” poplar and 4/4 pine that I had on hand. It’s glued and screwed and without finish and will more than likely stay that way. Unfortunately it took a tumble and has a few scars to show for it, but it’s a shop fixture and not fine furniture :)

I thought about using a dado stack for this, but then how would that help me get better? :)

Oh it needs to be mounted on the wall by the lathe, but that’s for another day.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)





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John

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#1 posted 08-06-2017 01:47 AM

Looks good Bill. Nice to have a safe spot for those sharp tools.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 08-06-2017 02:14 AM

Thanks John. Say, I love those garlic cellars you made. I’ll have to try my hand at one. I usually store garlic in the spice cabinet in a bowl, but it would be nice to reclaim that space. You’ll notice I now have room for a bowl gouge or two ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 08-06-2017 02:29 AM

Mighty Fine, something I need to do.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 08-06-2017 02:47 AM

Thanks oldrivers. I told myself the same thing for a while and today I decided I was going to do something about it :)

For anyone thinking about make a rack using the plan from the link above, I found that a 1 5/8” Forstner bit worked just fine. That plan called for 1 3/4” holes to be cut. For some reason I never realized that the Porter Cable set I have does not include a 1 3/4” bit. Odd, but true. It skips over that to 2”. Also, since the Easy Wood carbide tools have a smaller diameter handle, I stepped those holes down to 1 1/2”. So if you have the same PC bit set, don’t worry about making the holes 1 3/4” unless you have much larger chisels.

I have to say Mickey and Jed worked out the vertical spacing perfectly to allow the handles to sit on the rack just right. The bottom support is pitched at 26 degrees. I had wondered about this, but it actually works well, keeping the tools snug to the coved supports.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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Deanoside

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#5 posted 08-06-2017 03:01 AM

Looks good I’ve been thinking of differentholders for my lathe tools as well food job

-- A learning man is Alive a learned man is dead

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#6 posted 08-06-2017 03:05 AM

Hey Bill, nice rack…..for a guy! ;-)

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#7 posted 08-06-2017 04:43 AM

Really nice. I like this a lot.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#8 posted 08-06-2017 08:43 AM

Looks great Bill :) I’m in the process of remodelling my workshop and this looks just the ticket :) Thanks for sharing.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 08-06-2017 11:45 AM

Nice set up Bill. Thats some smooth saw and chisel work too!

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

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#10 posted 08-06-2017 01:03 PM

Thanks for sharing a great idea Bill.

I’ve see that bottom slanted support used in a fishing rod rack.

If there are any fishermen out there, this is a good idea.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#11 posted 08-06-2017 01:15 PM

You did an nice job on this lathe tool rack. Congratulations.

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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#12 posted 08-06-2017 02:05 PM

Great project.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 08-06-2017 03:22 PM

Love it Bill! I wish it would work for my space but I need something under my stand (when I build it). If I had table space I would copy you and Dave though ;-)

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

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builtinbkyn

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#14 posted 08-06-2017 03:57 PM

Thanks everyone. I wish I could take credit for the design, but it was inspired by other’s work :)

Shop projects are fun. It improves our working space and makes things more efficient. It also sometimes gives us an opportunity to try things that can be put into practice down the road. This one didn’t have much of that the way I intended to approach it, but still, making something always presents some challenges, even if they’re small ones.

I completed the latest swap project and didn’t want to start something I have in mind that I know will take some time; something that would be considered finished furniture, which I have yet to turn out – because I won’t have much shop time over the next few weeks. But I did want to be in the shop and put that time to good use on something practical and useful. I have a short list – well it’s getting shorter lol – of some shop improvements and this was high on the list. The tools were in the wire bin in the Jet stand and I hated that. It was always filled with shavings and dust because the tools were there. I gave myself the 3 or 4 hours I knew I had, to just get it done! :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#15 posted 08-06-2017 05:26 PM

I like it. That would be handy on the wall next to my lathe.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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