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Forum topic by Sam posted 06-10-2016 03:37 PM 1437 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2016 03:37 PM

Hello All,
I was looking for recommendations on possible turning tool storage. I am leaning towards a rolling tool chest and wondered if any of you used one? I am looking for one to possibly roll under my lathe when i am done turning for the day to help save limited space in my garage/shop. I have a Powermatic 4224B, floor to underside of bed rails is 24.25” and width is 50.25”, im not concerned about depth.
Your suggestions and feed back are appreciated.


-- "There is no such thing as a bad tool. Just tools we don't use often."-David Ellsworth "Clearly, Mr. Ellsworth hasn't experienced the joys of some of Harbor Freights finest"-John Sanford

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#1 posted 06-10-2016 06:44 PM

It would be easy to build a 2-drawer chest to fit under the lathe. I like not having anything at my feet, feel like I can maneuver around better. So I opted for a spinner that stands right next to the lathe, You can see it here …

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#2 posted 06-10-2016 07:24 PM

I have a wall behind my lathe so I bought 4 of these Harbor Freight 18” magnetic tool strips

which are on sale for $4 a piece right now, to make a 6 foot long strip. I hang the tools tip up on that strip with a small shelf under the ends of the handles of some of the heavier ones. I like the tip up method because it makes it easier to find what I’m looking for.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#3 posted 06-11-2016 02:18 PM

This holds most of my stuff, tools, centers, tool rests, handled allen wrenches, awls and hand tools used at my lathe.

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#4 posted 06-11-2016 02:23 PM

I built a ‘topper’ for an inexpensive steel tool cabinet …

I use pieces of transparent hose on the sharps to protect both me and the business ends of the tools.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-14-2016 11:25 PM

I wanted my chisels to be close at hand, but out of the way. I don’t like having to lean over the lathe to retrieve my tools as it just seems like asking for trouble. There is a small gap between my headstock and the metal cabinet to the left of it. I decided to build a pull-out for the chisels and it turned out pretty well. I made a very short video of it and here’s the link:

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#6 posted 06-14-2016 11:29 PM

Muchísimas gubias je

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#7 posted 06-16-2016 11:59 AM

Here is one mounted to the lathe close at hand. Business end goes into the holder to keep anyone from cutting themselves on a sharp edge.

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#8 posted 06-16-2016 07:13 PM

This holds most of my stuff, tools, centers, tool rests, handled allen wrenches, awls and hand tools used at my lathe.

- hairy

Do I spy a Robust Sweet 16 in the background? Very nice lathe

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