Turner's Easel

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Project by wlhutch posted 04-24-2011 02:47 PM 3114 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working in a small shop necessitates space conservation and tooling mobility. Since acquiring a lathe last July, the shop was adjusted to accommodate the machine along with an array of accessories. A solution to the accumulation of lathe tools required some thought. How to provide ease of use while turning and quick-out of the way- stowage. The lathe easel seemed to be a workable answer. The lower rack pivots allowing easy tool access. The loaded easel is quite stable, performs it function well and folds-up flat against the wall when not needed.

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Stephen Mines

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 03:28 PM

Very interesting, with obvious advantages. And hey! it’s decorative! And that’s kinda what turning is aobut. The tilting ‘handy shelf’ is inspired! Looking at your work I see nice things; order with freedom to think outside the round box and great detail. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 04-24-2011 03:33 PM

I like it. I too have more tools than places to put them within easy reach of my lathe. Where do you position the easel while turning?
The finial is a nice touch.
The forth horizontal tool from the bottom caught my attention. It looks like an offset hollowing gouge, but it has a flat looking shank next to the handle. Am I seeing it correctly?

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 03:38 PM

You win! That’s the best turning tool rack I’ve seen, and I thought mine was the best.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 04:28 PM

Artistic and imaginative solution to tool storage!

-- Ben in Va

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 04:43 PM

That’s the fanciest tool holder I’ve ever seen.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 04:44 PM

Very clever & well made.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 04:46 PM

That’s Very Classy! Nice.


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#8 posted 04-24-2011 06:14 PM

buty and function in one :-)
well done

thankĀ“s for sharing it

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 06:18 PM

that is cool

-- gagewestern

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 07:20 PM

That is nice

-- Vince

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#11 posted 04-24-2011 09:23 PM

Thanks for all your kind words. This tool rack was a much needed addition to the turning section of the shop.

This is my turning area, I recently built the cabinet under the ways for additional storage. The red thing at the end of the lower bed extension is a T-Rex tool caddy that active tools are placed during a project.

The tool you are asking about is the EasyWood Hollower,

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#12 posted 04-25-2011 03:54 AM

Great work,idea and design man…..

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