|Project by SPHinTampa||posted 10-26-2011 12:16 AM||2851 views||9 times favorited||5 comments|
As you can see from my shop picture (see shot #4), I am cramped into one bay of a three car garage. Since I keep purchasing tools, I have resorted to rolling carts that I can pull in and out of the second car port.
This project is my turning tools cart. I have a Rikon midi lathe, a slow speed 8” grinder and can-am router lathe on a single, 72” x 24” cart. I also mounted the Wolverine sharpening system with the grinder … these things make sharpening almost idiot proof. Since these tools don’t get used as often as some of my other toys, I can easily roll this into a corner until they are needed. To make the cabinet portable, I used double tire locking swivel casters, good for 220 lbs each. I was a little worried that the cart would not be stable enough for the lathe and I would get chatter but it works fine for spindle work. If I ever graduate to bowl turning and I need more weight, I will use cement bags in the two side compartments.
This was constructed from left over 3/4” big box apple ply (hate the stuff) using pocket screws and biscuits for joinery. I used a 1/4” sheet of peg board for back of the cabinet. The tool holder under the lathe was added after the first use. This a a very convenient feature that I should have installed from the beginning.
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