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Project by Planeman40 posted 08-10-2018 07:53 PM 938 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this “suitcase for a machine shop” back in the 1970s to house my little Unimat SL 3” metal lathe and mill. At that time I had to do some traveling in business and had long nights in hotels and motels to endure. I decided to take along my little Austrian made Unimat SL metal lathe and mill and made this case to hold it and carry it. The case is made from mahogany with beech drawers. All of the drawers have box-joint corners and have a locking mechanism to keep them from sliding out when moving. There is a suitcase handle on it that helps carrying it around. The lathe area is lined with plastic counter topping and the lathe, drawers, and all other components are carefully positioned so the wooden “suitcase” can close – no easy task to figure out! This case contains all tooling and available factory accessories and, quite frankly, is petty heavy to carry. I have often wondered what some of the hotel and motel maids thought about the metal shavings on the floor. Considering that this versatile machine is both a miniature metal lathe and a milling machine, it rates as a miniature machine shop.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 08-10-2018 08:30 PM

That is just AWESOME, tool and die in a box….. Looks to be a well thought out layout, nice, very nice.

I think you aren’t alone in the traveling craft shop though, there is a guy in our club who travels, and he does woodworking with hand tools, and now a few battery powered tools. If he has it all in a suitcase, well there I think you may be by yourself.

Thanks for posting

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-11-2018 01:30 AM

Love it…

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Woodbutcher3

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#3 posted 08-11-2018 11:56 AM

This is genius! I used to carry my carving tools on planes before all the terrorism changed things.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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mikeacg

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#4 posted 08-11-2018 02:58 PM

Amazing job on the box! We had a Unimat in the Art Metals lab at UW-Stout and it was amazing! Wouldn’t mind owning if they still made them… Something to fit in between my jeweler’s lathe and my Atlas!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Planeman40

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#5 posted 08-11-2018 03:57 PM

Thanks for the nice thoughts guys! Yes, that little Unimat is a nice piece of equipment that will do very nice work within its capabilities. I even used it to make many of the wood parts of the Circus Train locomotive and some parts of its cars posted on my “projects” area of this website. Yes, you can do woodworking on a Unimat, however the wood dust gets into the lathe carriage workings and has to be cleaned out.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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mcoyfrog

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#6 posted 08-15-2018 06:26 PM

Very kewl and compact

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Planeman40

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#7 posted 08-15-2018 08:00 PM

Kewl? What is kewl?

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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NotaJock

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#8 posted 08-17-2018 03:31 AM

I do wish you had posted the pics separately so detail could be seen better
but I do think it’s a great idea and deserves applause.
Bravo.

-- Mike in SoCal

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mcoyfrog

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#9 posted 08-21-2018 02:15 PM

Well Kewl is my way of saying cool, not to be confused with cewl which would be referring to temperature instead of how amazing this post is LOL.

Hope you have a Kewl day…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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