Lathe tool storage.

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Project by docholladay posted 09-20-2010 04:47 AM 6117 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone that enjoys turning knows that you need your tools handy so you can make changes quickly or change to a different chisel, etc. Some gave me a piece of pegboard that they had left over and I attached it to the wall behind my lathe. I then mounted a couple of magnetic strips to hold my chisels. I then made a custom little rach to hold my drive/live centers and many of the miscellaneous items that always need to be handy. I don’t think that I will stay with the magnet strips however. It is great to hold the chisels and keep them handy. However, eventually, the chisels become magnetized. This isn’t much of a problem till you have to sharpen and the metal filings from sharpening want to stick to the tool. It is hard to get all of those filings off so that they don’t wind up as part of your project. I haven’t decided on another idea to replace the magnet to store my chisels.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 05:20 AM

Nice tool storage.

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 06:25 AM

100 % agree on the magnetizing and sharpening issue. Wish I had a good suggestion for a replacement.

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 06:33 AM

Like the idea.

How about a length of wood with notches just wide enough to keep the handles from droping through. No magnet and still handy.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 07:29 AM

By chance have you seen the video of Tim Yoder’s “Woodturning Workshop” shop tour?

Nice guy. I briefly met him at the AAW show in Hartford CT this last June.

In the video he talks about tool storage, getting tools magnetized & his racks among other things in his walk through.

Interesting tour. It gave me several ideas on changes I need to make to my shop now that I’ve got a “real” lathe. (Oneway 2436).


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 08:42 AM

I’m watching the Richard Raffan dvd now, he is really cool, and explain quite well.
Nice place you got there (I see the radio have a white cable…).
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 02:14 PM

Here’s another project that you have done and I desperately need to do the exact same thing for my lathe. I’m not sure when I will get to it but you have done a great job on this lathe tool organization and I congratulate you. BTW, I don’t like those metal tool holders either. However they do work when you’re in a hurry and you can go back and change that.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-20-2010 08:12 PM

I don´t like pegbords but in this case its look great maybee becourse its so organised :-)

I don´t know if you and others that strugel with magnitised tools know this little feller

take care

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 06:03 AM

Hi Doc, I used to have the same problem years ago, then came up with the idea of hanging my chisels, that way the cutting edges dont seem to get knocked about, simply used a 3/8 brass curtain “eye’ in the end of the handle & hung it from under a shelf on a 1/2” brass hook, everything hangs dead straight and easy to find.
Will place a couple of shots on my project page (a picture is worth a 0000’ words) escuse the mess in my w/shop yours looks sooooo clean.
cheers Pete G

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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