$3.00 Poorman's Wood Lathe Tool Holder

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 06-25-2011 03:57 AM 6633 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got tired of losing my lathe tools on the floor and whatever. My wife wanted to buy me one of the expenstive lathe tool holders, but at 40-60 bucks, could not justify doing it. So I just made one. The walnut was free, scrap wood, and I paid $3 for a paint roller, the cheapest one that I could find for the handle metal. The tool holder lathed down to 9 1/2 inches wide, and started out with a 2 inch thick board. And yes I see the white at the edge, it is some wood expoxy that I filled in a knot hole that blew past my head when turning. Wear your face shields!

I bored a tight hole for the metal from the pain roller in the underside, and bored holes for my small and larger lathe tools. Some required slotted grooves where the lathe tool metal was wider than the wooden handle, Drilled them out and sabre sawed them out, not pretty but works! Traced the lathe table end to anouther smaller block of walnut, and cut it so that it would slide back and forth. Bored that block for the metal also. I measured the metal so that my tools would not hit the lathe table. This tool caddy turns easy, so make sure that you measure all your tools. I first had it straight, but later one bent it about 3 inches down to angle the caddy so that the sharp tools were pointed to the back side, safer that way. Anyway $3 for the paint roller, and it works just about as good. Now I have a clean work space with my tools all accounted for, well at least until I turn again…... Thanks for looking!


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 04:25 AM

nice job man

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 04:49 AM

Great idea and well done. Just got my new little lathe on Wednesday so as soon as my tools arrive (or if I stop being lazy and just grind a couple from some old files) I’ll be turning too! Think I’ll do something like this to hold them.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 04:53 AM

Nicely done, beats the tool box and drawer I have all my lathe tools in.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 06:15 AM

Great ideas here…thanks for sharing them with us : )

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 11:38 AM

Very cool! I am going to show my partner Keith this! He loved being organized (and saving money!!! )

Thanks for sharing!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 06-25-2011 05:57 PM

Efficient and cheap-great idea!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 06-30-2011 06:12 AM

This is a great idea.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#8 posted 10-27-2011 12:31 AM

Great idea. I think though it should be mounted to your table so that you can get the tail stock on and off easier.

just a thought.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 02-10-2012 03:33 AM

Now THAT is a great idea!

-- Bob A in NJ

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