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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-20-2011 09:36 PM 4054 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since in my basement workshop space is always in issue, I devised and built this space saving lathe tool sharpening station.

Six tools are revolving on three Lazy Susan platforms, giving me instant access to any of them. The important aspect is that all six tools take only 58 inches long of countertop, which was my goal. And the cost for the three Lazy Susan hardware is only few dollars.

As shown, I use two wedges to prevent any platform from spinning while I’m using a tool. The angle of the wedges is very acute to prevent any damage to the spinning hardware bearings and I’ve rounded over the “handle end” edges for comfort. I like to use them at the front, but they can be inserted on any side, if need be.

I think I will use this idea of revolving stations as much as I can in my small basement workshop. To see how to built the platforms and install Lazy Susan hardware, click here.

I hope you will enjoy seeing it as I enjoy using it!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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peteg

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 09:38 PM

neat idea :)

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 09:51 PM

thank´s for sharing the idea :-)
that was a lot of grinders ,one of each gritt I gess, not bad if you use them all the time
in a commerciel shop will this set up is fast paying for it self

take care
Dennis

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cranesgonewild

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 09:54 PM

That’s a good idea. I’m all for space saving, seeing that I have a small workshop myself.
If the wedge becomes a strain on the hardware bearings over time, you can drill a hole straight down through the two platforms and put a bolt there to stop it from rotating.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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Bricofleur

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 09:59 PM

@Dennis: I’m no professional, but I learned that if I don’t spend the money on tools I will spend it elsewhere. So, why not spending on what I like the most. I rather buy tools that will last for ever than cars that will last only few years, at least here in mud and snow!

Thanks for looking guys.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Bricofleur

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 10:04 PM

@cranesgonewild: You came up with a third good option. I sometime sandwich a piece of plywood between the two layers of a lazy susan and clamp it with a large spring clamp. If you take a close look at the first picture you will see this clamp on the shelf above. As someone said, it won’t go anywhere!

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 10:32 PM

you are right Serge :-)
and I will ordre a few myself tonight I had my eyes one for a long time …lol

take care
Dennis

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mafe

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 11:08 PM

Serge, this is as always clever thought out.
I also suffer from space need, so I know how it can be a release.
What a impressive collection of sharpening machines.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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kiefer

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#8 posted 02-20-2011 11:22 PM

hi serge
you need more room!
how do you keep your place this clean ?
my shop is always dusty
but anyway great idea even for a bigger shop

thanks kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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wb8nbs

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 01:25 AM

Couldn’t you drill vertical holes in the lazy susan and drop in a pin to stop rotation?

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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Bricofleur

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 03:51 AM

@wb8nbs: Yes, but they would wobble for sure, what is not great for precise sharpening. Either the spring clamp and the wedges lock them down and this is what I was aiming for. Thanks for you comment.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 02-21-2011 04:22 AM

Well done , Serge : )

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