Lathe Rack

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Project by kenn posted 05-09-2012 05:24 AM 2013 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve needed to get organized and quit laying my sharp lathe tools on the bed, potentially dinging their edges. So I took a few hours and made this tool rack. It is made from scraps and extra pieces I had around, mostly poplar with some pine and maple. I painted it with milk paint, pumpkin, and rubbed it out with steel wool. Then a few coats of BLO and Danish Oil and I hung it up on a french cleat. The last picture shows the previous system of disorganization. I made sure I had a few extra spots for some additioal tools but I’m in real good shape already. I used some wrought head nails on the shelf, mostly because I wanted to try them out. Thanks for looking.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 07:51 AM

Nice job, Worth the time to make this to protect your tools!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 12:16 PM

Nice shelf, very functional. I like the pumpkin color milk paint

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 02:44 PM

looks great! It’s on my list. Hope to make it very similar you yours!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 03:08 PM

Good looking shelf. Look’s like it was needed too.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 11:50 PM

Now you are just making me jealous ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 05-10-2012 04:27 AM

great looking rack.

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#7 posted 05-10-2012 04:44 AM

Thanks for posting. That should work nicely! Maybe this will motivate me to make a well-needed rack for mine!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#8 posted 05-10-2012 05:02 AM

Thnaks everybody, it was a much needed project and a fun build. I hand cut the dados and joinery so it was enjoyable and good practice.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 05-10-2012 09:27 AM

very nice. I will start mine this morning. Thanks for the idea, I was thinking about this for a while now.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#10 posted 05-10-2012 01:32 PM

very nice!

-- Dave C. Wesley Chapel FL.

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#11 posted 05-11-2012 08:04 PM

Kenn, just be careful reaching over your lathe when it’s running. Although it looks like it’s more towards the tailstock. Regardless, very nice.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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