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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 05-16-2015 09:30 PM 1165 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JoeinGa

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05-16-2015 09:30 PM

My new Grizzly lathe came with what they call a “basket”. It’s supposed to mount UNDER the lathe, but as far as I’m concerned it mounts too high, making it difficult to get anything in or out of it. It actually sits higher than this pic shows.
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So …. what to do with what seems to be a useless accessory? Took me a little bit of cogitating but I finally came up with a use for it. On my other lathe stand I had made a holder for the tools.
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It hung on the stand right under the lathe with some brackets I made. Unfortunately this holder wont work with the Grizzly’s legs being the way they are. So I came up with the idea of using the basket as a rack for a tool holder. Couple scraps of oak, drilled 40 holes, some glue and a couple coats of Tung oil. Here’s what I did…
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At first I had the basket mounted so it was almost level with the lathe bed, but soon realized it puts the tool handles in the way of the tailstock handle. So I lowered the basket in the frame and it clears fine now.
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And as you can see, I made plenty of “extra” holes, so there’s room to grow.
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Thanks for looking. Comments, critiques, etc …

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#1 posted 05-16-2015 09:34 PM

Brilliant Joe, but it makes me a little nervous seeing all those shiny, sharp things pointy side up… You sure don’t want to trip anywhere close to that.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#2 posted 05-16-2015 09:55 PM

I know Jerry. Good reminder.
When I made the first rack I made them fit “pointy side” DOWN … but I found that I was pulling 3 or 4 tools up every time to get the one I wanted. So I changed the rack to hold them this way and I’m super careful when reaching for a tool.

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#3 posted 05-17-2015 12:51 AM

Pretty slick idea, Joe!

So, are you liking your new toy? Have fun with it!

-- 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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#4 posted 05-17-2015 02:46 AM

Joe, I like it. It looks better than original equipment. Good thinking. I see those cool looking lathe handles you made. Goes great with the wood holder.

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

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#5 posted 05-17-2015 04:58 AM

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#6 posted 05-19-2015 05:15 PM

Well done joe! I have one of those “roll around” version of this, but the tools can fall through if they are small… and I am always running into it….this is well done.
Mike

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#7 posted 05-19-2015 07:46 PM

Thanks all! I have about 12 of the HSS tools, now all I need to do is figure out how to do a better job of keeping them SHARP ! :-)

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#8 posted 05-20-2015 12:05 PM

Cool idea.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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