Lazy Susan at the Lathe

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Project by rustfever posted 493 days ago 2152 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been stressing when I worked on the lathe. Constantly hunting for the necessary tool. So I made this Lazy Susan.
I started by laying out the tools I frequently use. I included tools such as caliper, ruler, pencils, as well as my ‘Go-To’ lathe cutting tools and CA glue bottle. After making a few measurements and sketches, I started drilling three levels of shelves. The lower level prevents the bottom of the tools slipping out of plumb. Second level supports shorter tools. The upper level support the longer tools.
Added a few ceramic magnets to hold some some small items, such as Allen wrenches, rulers, and the like. I also added an oblong magnetic dish to hold some of the small items, such as pen turning bushings.

The turn-table is a standard unit from one of the woodworking stores.
Now, I have all of my Go-To tools in one spot. If I decide to turn something different, I just move a few tools around and I am business.
This Lazy Susan is right behind me when I am at the lathe. A simple turn and all of the necessary tools are at hand.
The bottom of the Lazy Susan is about 16” x 16” x 3/4”. The table is 24”D. The rack is about 18” L x 10” W x 8” T. All of the wood is good quality ply.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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Greg D

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#1 posted 493 days ago

Good Idea!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#2 posted 493 days ago

Nice! I need to do something like this to organize.

-- Dick

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#3 posted 493 days ago

that is nice and handy for sure…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 493 days ago

Ira this is a great looking tool for keeping you tools in order and accessible.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 493 days ago

I have several of these Lazy Susan type tool holders. I’ve made a few errors in doing so. I now have one in each of the these areas:
Work Bench
Sanding station
Drilling/Screw up area

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#6 posted 493 days ago

Yep. These little racks sure do help us keep things neat and handy

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 493 days ago

You have inspired me to go and make something like this. Great idea…

-- Bob, Napa Ca.

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#8 posted 493 days ago

Awesome idea and execution.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 492 days ago

Ira—-this is soooooo SMART…very cool idea…I love this…the lazy susan is one thing—-but to add the magnets, awesome touch…very cool!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 492 days ago

Great idea!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 492 days ago

Wow! That’s a pretty good contraption to have near your lathe. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 492 days ago

Great idea! Might have to copy that.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 492 days ago

Thanks Scrappy.
Got some really, really great Western Maple Fiddleback and some suburb burl. May be down your way in Oct and will bring some with me.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#14 posted 492 days ago

Really nice tool rack. If I ever redo mine I will keep this one in mind as I like the lazy susan idea.


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

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#15 posted 492 days ago

Lazy Susan is the only way to go. Start with laying out the tools you feel you would like to have in the ‘Rack’. Then add space for about 50% more. Trust me, you will need them. If you don’t need those added tools, you will have not wasted anything. But, Trust Me, you will fill that space!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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