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Project by ldl posted 522 days ago 3797 views 27 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original idea for this came from Gerry(TheDane) and is in another project. As I used my chucks and changed from one to another I would lay them on the lathe headstock, table to right of lathe, router table to the left of lathe or anywhere close. I didn’t have a specific place to put them. I got to looking at the tool holder and thought a shelf under it would be nice so I could have a place to store them close by. Thought about just attaching one to the bottom but didn’t like the way it would look. So I dissembled the original holder and reused the separator sections and completely rebuilt it. 4th pic shows the layout lines for the cutouts. Now I have a dedicated place for my chucks, jaws and lathe tools all in one place. I like to at least be semi-organized.

One other thing about the placement of the tool holder is I put the tools up as I use them and don’t have them laying around on the lathe bed (most of the time anyway) as I werk.

This cabinet is made from pine.

All comments appreciated.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -





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Reddog

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#1 posted 522 days ago

Nice job. I need to do something similar. I’d hate to knock my chuck off the lathe stand onto the concrete floor. I’ve done it before with a gouge.

I like the simplicity of the rack with just enough decorative touches to make it look nice.

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cosmicturner

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#2 posted 522 days ago

Nice job Dewayne looks great and a nice spot for the chucks….reddog get some rubber floor mats for your tools and your chucks and most of all for your body standing concrete floors is Hard on everything…

-- Cosmicturner

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 522 days ago

Nice set up to keep them tools safe and easy to get to… Well done.

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

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TheDane

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#4 posted 522 days ago

Nice. Wish I would have built mine more like yours!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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ldl

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#5 posted 522 days ago

Thanks guys for the comments.

Gerry it ain’t to late. Just disassemble your old one.

I’m with you Jeff on the floor mats. Got 1 1/2 in fromt of my lathe, 1 in front of my table saw and 4 in front of my assy table. I spent bout 30 yrs on concrete and believe me they really help out.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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49bill

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#6 posted 522 days ago

Dewayne, now I will just have to disassemble the one I just built and add a shelf very good idea though good job keep those lathe tools safe and handy

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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hunter71

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#7 posted 522 days ago

I CAN SEE THE LATHE IS BECOMING THE MAIN FOCUS. Turn, Turn, Turn…....

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Diggerjacks

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#8 posted 522 days ago

Hello Idl

This is a nice idea and a very great work

I like it. The shelf is a very good idea

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Woodstock

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#9 posted 521 days ago

Hi ldl,

While it looks fantastic and well built, I really don’t feel comfortable with the location.

Quote: “One other thing about the placement of the tool holder is I put the tools up as I use them and don’t have them laying around on the lathe bed (most of the time anyway) as I werk.”

I’ve seen too many others reach across the bed of a running lathe to grab something as they turned. (including myself while “in the groove” while turning.) Hate to see what a partially turned square bowl blank would do to my stomach/arm or a chunk of bark covered wood freshly mounted would do while I was reaching to swap tools.

Just make sure everything’s stopped before you reach. Other than that “nit-pick” it’s a very nice tool rack.

Look forward to see your turnings.

-Dave

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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TheDane

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#10 posted 521 days ago

Dewayne … I need to get off my heinie and build a cabinet for new SCMS. Bought a Hitachi 12” on sale at Menards … got tired of dealing with the cheapo CMS I bought about 10 years ago.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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hairy

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#11 posted 521 days ago

Nice work! You also have a nice selection of tools. If you buy tools like I do, you better get busy on another, that one looks full already.

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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Xyloid_Curt

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#12 posted 521 days ago

Very nice and convenient tool storage.

-- Xyloid Curt www.etsy.com/shop/xyloidcreations

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Bigrock

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#13 posted 521 days ago

Hi again:
Have you got a real shop now? The area does not look like the back porch.
You did a nice job on the rack. Is that a Powermatic Lath I see in the picture? It look like you are having Fun.

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ldl

1135 posts in 962 days


#14 posted 521 days ago

Thanks again for the comments.

Gerry this is my project of my setup on SCMC http://lumberjocks.com/projects/74630#comment-1490395
I also like this sys with a few changes. May build it when I build my shop. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/77257
I had a Dewalt 705 CMC before this which has been a good one just wouldn’t cut 12” boards.

Dave I had those concerns at first. Below is a pic looking straight on to my setup. All the tools I use on larger turnings are on the right and aren’t in line with the mounted blank. The smaller tools are on the left and I use them for smaller turnings. I can reach out my hand without bending and get to any tool in the cabinet. I got a big ole belly for sure but it isn’t that big (yet). Thanks for the thoughts, seriously I appreciate it.

Bill you jes like me. I just built mine and got it mounted a little over a month ago and had to take it down.

Doug it really looks that way. Had to break away and use the table saw and jigsaw on this.

Hairy I got to hold up with this for a while. Don’t have room for another or a wider one.

Monte it is a Powermatic and yes it is still my back porch. I’ve just got creative about placing tools. But I have just about maxed out now. Looks a lot diff from those first pictures.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Syd Sellers

30 posts in 522 days


#15 posted 521 days ago

Dewayne, this is a fantastic tool holder. I was faced with a similar problem but I din’t have any wall space left so this is what I came up with.http://www.the-rocky-roost.net/wood-turning-blog/tool-holder-lazy-susan.html

Check it out…

Syd

-- Syd Sellers Old woodturners never die, they just keep chipping away! http://www.rocky-roost-woodturnings.com

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