Turning Tool Holder

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Project by doubleDD posted 09-07-2013 03:27 AM 2152 views 14 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got tired of looking for my turning tools. Some over here, some over there, some in drawers. I decide to make a rotary stand for them. I cut 2 pieces of 12’’ x 12’’ laminated particleboard in a circle. Measuring to fit as many 1 1/2’’ holes in as possible evenly, I came up with 24 total. 16 on the outside and 8 in the center. I cut the holes through the top piece and half way in the bottom.
Also cutting a 1/2’’ hole in the center of each piece to insert cone nuts.
Then I made a paddle like holder with a 7’’ circle and a 11’’ arm.
I then attached a 9’’ lazy susan to the paddle and the bottom piece.
Using a piece of 3/8’‘threaded rod, I connected it all together with the installed cone nuts.
I mounted the narrow end to the top of the lathe stand and ready to go.
I found a piece of brass tubing and covered the rod in the center just for looks.
Works great and I can swivel the holder out of the way when needed.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 03:35 AM

Great little Turning Tool Holder Dave!
There is noting better than working in a shop that is organized! The less time you take to search for tool the more time you can spend on using them.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 03:41 AM

COOL lil holder…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 03:45 AM

Great idea, Dave!

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

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 03:52 AM

Now that is a nice organizing rack for your lathe tools! Nice going!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 03:52 AM

Great design—reminds me a lot of my DynaKing holder for my fly tying tools.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-07-2013 04:12 AM

Dave that’s a nice tool holder, well designed and built .
There is nothing like having you tools well organized and close on hand but not in your way . Well done and enjoy .

-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 09-07-2013 04:49 AM

Great job. Love the design.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 09-07-2013 11:35 AM

Very cool idea Dave…I am going to keep that project in mind.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 09-07-2013 11:37 AM

clever..thanks for sharing..I might just make one

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#10 posted 09-07-2013 02:14 PM

Tony, Jim, Keifer, organization in the shop is essential and sure makes life easier. I have made a lot of changes to straighten up the shop in the past as I’m sure most of us do constantly, but this one makes me proud. Thanks.

Joe, Lew, John, Monte, Dave, Michelle, thank you for the comments. I think I stood awake a couple of nights trying to figure out how to get as many tools in one place without being in the way. I tested it and it was a success from the start. I’m happy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 09-07-2013 03:01 PM

great idea – might have to borrow that

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#12 posted 09-07-2013 04:57 PM

Hello doubleDD

A good idea but for your safety it will be better to have the tools handles on the top, no ?

It’s a very nice idea to have all under the hands

Thanks for sharing

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

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#13 posted 09-07-2013 06:09 PM

Looks plenty safe for adults. Gotta be a handy rack DD.


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#14 posted 09-07-2013 06:26 PM

I like this design.
But I would prefer if the business ends were pointing down. (thats just me, i sliced my arm open on a swivel knife on my drawing table and have always been cautious of the same scenario)
I like how it pivots on the centerbolt and can be pushed to the back, or foreward.
I may borrow this idea for another lathe I’m restoring.
When I saw this, it reminded me of the one I built last year.
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Very cool, thanks for sharing.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#15 posted 09-07-2013 06:33 PM

Ken, go ahead and make one. Its great.

Digger, good issue to bring up. I thought about that for days but came to the conclusion that whenever I grab a turning tool, for some reason I always grab the blade. I got use to that so if I would drop one, the handle will hit the floor and not the blade.

Rick, thanks, it’s a very handy rack.*

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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