Tool Mule @ Woodturners Catalog??

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Forum topic by ChrisCrafts posted 09-16-2011 05:58 PM 3373 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2011 05:58 PM

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I have been checking out the Tool Mule over at Woodturners catalog. Looks like a slick little system that would take care of many of the organizational issues I have around the lathe. I know there are plenty of systems I could build that would be near or under my lathe but frankly I would rather spend my time working on projects as opposed to working on my tools. I have so much to do to get ready for the upcoming Holiday Bazaars I don’t really have time to mess around with building a better mouse trap.

So have any of my fellow turners taken a look at the Tool Mule? Any one taken the Plunge yet??

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 06:06 PM

It looks pretty cool. I had not seen it before.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 06:11 PM

Craft Supply had one set up at SWAT last month. It looked to be a pretty neat system. Didn’t look cheap or cheesy, at least to my untrained eye. It’s kind of pricey as I’m sure you’ve already checked out but I get where you’re coming from. It solves a lot of problems without taking to much time from your actual turning fun. If you get it, be sure and write up a review for us.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 06:26 PM

They have one of these at the tool outlet store I get supplies from now and then. I looked at it there while they were giving a demonstration on turning an ice cream scoop. I wasn’t much interested in the scoop, but I wanted to see what the thing was around the lathe….The item looks better then it works.

I noticed the rails are not that strong and the system has quite a bit of flex (this unit was on a full size rig – Jet 12” – it might be better on a mini or midi lathe). The price of the system was way to high for the quality that I saw. Usually, I would agree that having more time to do things in the shop makes me buy things that I could probably make a substitue for – but I only do that if the price is not that much higher then making the item….otherwise I just consider it one of my projects to build the jig or accessory.

As for my lathe – I built myself a rolling tool carrier with a shelf on the bottom for chucks, jaws, sharpening stones…etc. I also have sleeves (made from 2” and 3” pvc) that hold the tools in use so that I can grab them as needed. This only cost me $25.00 and about 4-5 hours shop time (most to sand and finish – I made mine fancy – probably would have taken less time if I used pine and painted it with latex). Leave it to a woodworker to make something fancy for a simple task.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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