Lathe Storage

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Project by Doe posted 10-23-2013 04:05 PM 2046 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did you ever get your centers mixed? It sounds really bad when you put a drive center in the tailstock. That’s what happens when you think too much about what you’re going to do instead of what you are doing. I never used the tool storage holes in the Delta stand so I added a platform for the centers and tool rests. I turned a snug fit tenon on squares of pine to support the platform. The headstock bits are on the left and tailstock bits on the right. I haven’t messed up since.

When I’m turning I have my tools in a flippy lid rolling toolbox and have only the ones that I plan to use. Since I prefer stick-it-in-something storage instead of put-it-on-something, the tools I’m not using are in a drawer behind me where they’re still handy. They’d rattle around too much so I made supports by drilling holes in a strip of wood and cut it in half. Rare earth magnets keep it in place. There’s another strip of wood with magnets at the front of the drawer so the business end of the tools don’t hit metal.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 05:01 PM

This should help, we all loose sight of the task on hand thinking ahead at times…. Nice set up…

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

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 07:47 PM

Very smart Ideas , Doreen!!
I made a tool storage rack above my lathe. I had to tap about 5 holes in the top tray but the drive center, tail stock center , chuck handle, mallet and drivers for bottle stoppers and refrigerator magnets are all up on top…............Jim

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

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 02:30 AM

Very good idea Doe. I posted a lathe stand today and I’m still looking for ideas to add to it. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 10-25-2013 03:49 PM

Very Nice, I have the same lathe and stand and the holes in the crossbar are all too big for my tools. With that in mind, I like your idea and with your permission, I’m going to copy it.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#5 posted 10-25-2013 04:35 PM

That will definitely add a lot of organization to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 09:45 AM

Thanks very much for the comments.

Jim: I used to have storage above the lathe when it was against the wall. When we finished the basement, I had the lathe facing out into the room. Partly for the light and partly to be able to see when the dogs wanted out; being Border Collies, they’d just sit behind me and stare until I noticed.

thelt: feel free to copy! I’d like to see what you come up with.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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