Lathe tool rack

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Project by hairy posted 1231 days ago 2465 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been in shop upgrade mode lately. This should be a big hit around here. My design skills are primitive at best. I made a mockup out of 2×4”s, decided what I liked and didn’t, this is the result.

I’m not worried about it falling over, the base is twice as wide as the top. The legs are half lapped into the feet. The rails are held in with mortise and loose tenons.

There’s plenty of room to see and get any tool I need. They don’t bump into each other when moving the rack.

It has holes for 60 tools. The top shelf is attached with screws from underneath, the middle shelf is not attached, it will lift out. If my needs change, I can change the rack to suit.

Red oak frame, eastern red cedar shelves.

The top shelf is 35 ” x 6 ”, 39 ” up from the floor. Wipe on poly finish.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#1 posted 1231 days ago

Nice Rack Hairy ;-)

I like how you’re putting your tool rests on it too. It’s very versatile, you could also carry whatever type of centers you have too.

Nice lathe!

What’s with the clean floor?

-- Happily turning on my Robust S16LB "There is no failure except in no longer trying. "

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#2 posted 1231 days ago

Thanks Ham! There is a built in rack on each end of the lathe. I use them for centers and other tools. About the floor- too much military – when I make a mess I clean it up.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#3 posted 1231 days ago

Great design, I added it to my favs since this is something I definitely need to do. I echo Ham, nice spot for the additional rest.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 1231 days ago

Really nice design Harry. You probably did this already, but just in case…make sure you finish the inside of the holes. I discovered far too late that unfinished cedar can have an effect on metal that causes it to rust.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 1231 days ago

Very attractive and with room to grow. Like Swirt mentions, I made a rack of cedar and it stained a few of my tools. I bought little brass half caps & inserted them into the holes (then my tools didn’t fit!). I sized the caps up a notch, redrilled, and now use it for my minilathe tools. My collection of tools is, of course, not as extensive as yours.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 1231 days ago

I must be living right. I did put finish on the inside of the holes, but I didn’t know about the rust. Thanks for the tip, swirt!

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#7 posted 1231 days ago

great job with the tool tote Hairy :-) and it does looking good with the tools in it
and a niiiice Lathe too

take care


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#8 posted 1231 days ago

Around here we use cedar on the fascia of a home. most carpenters us glavanized nails but there is always a rust stain around the nail head. Plastic inserts might work too and they wouldn’t damage the cutting edge.

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#9 posted 1231 days ago

Nice looking tool rack!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1231 days ago

Great idea Hairy, dang I don’t know why I didn’t think of it. I’ve got a fishing pole rack that looks just like this. I gotta make me one, thanks for posting.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 1231 days ago

great idea.everything right there when you need it.well done.

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#12 posted 1228 days ago

Nice rack (I never tire of saying that these days).

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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