Lathe Tool Holder

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Project by RobH posted 09-27-2008 06:10 AM 13652 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all,

Just finished up this lathe tool holder the other night and just got the pictures done tonight. It is based on a design that I saw in a magazine some time ago. I changed the one on the magazine by making it a double row holder, I made it a little narrower, and I mounted it on a stand instead of on the wall. I put it on a stand because I like to pull the lathe out in the middle of the shop when I am really going to make a good mess.

The whole unit is made from construction grade pine lumber.

The first picture is the holder, then second picture is the holder a little closer up. The third picture is the holder in place behind the lathe. Finally, no more lathe tools falling off of the shopsmith tubes and landing on the sharpened edge.


-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 09-27-2008 11:39 AM

I like it! I’m in need of a new holder and this will work just fine. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 09-27-2008 01:31 PM

By the way, I have the Sketchup model for this if anyone would like it to duplicate my efforts.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 09-27-2008 01:58 PM

Nice job, Rob. I need to come up with a solution for my tools as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 09-27-2008 04:12 PM

NICE job…I love it…and NICE SHOPSMITH…didnt know you were a fellow smithy!!!!! I know what you mean about the tools bouncing a bit…below the headstock…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 09-27-2008 05:37 PM

Great looking tool rack, Rob!

Looks like another project added to my list of shop renovations.


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

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#6 posted 11-19-2011 03:57 PM

Looking at this for a future project. Wouldn’t you want the sharp ends down, resting on something like foam rubber? I can see bandaids and stitches here.

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 11:20 PM

Nice tool Rack from another ShopSmith owner (40+ yrs).
I’d like the sketch up plans.

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#8 posted 09-03-2015 03:40 PM

this is a great tool holder—I like that you can mount it on the wall like a picture frame. I would definitely like a copy of the plans.


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#9 posted 09-17-2015 04:29 PM

Very nice job, Rob. I am currently looking at building a new chisel rack to accommodate all the chisels acquired over the last year or so and this one would definitely do the job. I would like a copy of the plans if you still have them available. Thanks.


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