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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-01-2021 03:35 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking around the shop for some wall space to put a rack for my lathe tool bits, I found there wasn’t any but there was a space under the lathe not being used. So I made this drawer for them.
It is made from 1/2” maple plywood and suspended on 8” full extension slides. All the joints are lock mitered and glued and it is hung under the lathe on 4 1/4-20 bolts into inserts in the wood side rails. It is 4” x 8 1/2” x 16 ” wide and finished with semigloss enamel.

I also made some refrigerator magnets out of material hanging around for the great granddaughters to play with.

Cheers, Jim

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





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 08-01-2021 03:53 PM

Nothing better than storing the accessories right at the tool they are used for.

Your Great Granddaughters love you.. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 08-01-2021 04:34 PM

can’t have enough storage (drawers)

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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987Ron

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#3 posted 08-01-2021 05:02 PM

harder to loose if they are stored by the tool.

-- Ron

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Ivan

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#4 posted 08-01-2021 06:23 PM

Nice, nice…and tidy

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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lew

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#5 posted 08-01-2021 07:08 PM

Sweet Idea! I’d forget to shut the drawer and it would fill with chips.

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

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#6 posted 08-01-2021 07:29 PM

Good job finding a little space under the lathe for those bits. Nice and handy. I think you have enough bits to last awhile. Are those bits for metal or can they be used either way?

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

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John

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#7 posted 08-01-2021 08:19 PM

Good job Jim, now you have room for some more tools!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 08-01-2021 11:12 PM

Good use of space Jim. I like the lighting on the top of the turquoise colored top.

Did you build that neat stand for the lathe?

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 08-01-2021 11:51 PM

Great looking piece of shop furniture.

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#10 posted 08-02-2021 09:35 AM

Well done Jim, Making very good use of space.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 08-02-2021 01:01 PM

Looking Good Jim using up all space!!

-- Cal, South Carolina,USMC

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#12 posted 08-02-2021 03:27 PM

Nice bit storage Jim, near by and organized!

I’m a bit shocked at seeing a metal lathe without any metal spirals or oil pools, not even in the dark nooks and crannies!

Some would consider that a virtue or a sign of OCD, myself? I just avoid any labels and let surfaces in my shop go Au-natural 8^)

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 08-02-2021 05:12 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments.

Hi Dave. these are all bit for the tool holder on the metal lathes.They are 3/8” and 5/16”. The other Southbend lathe in the barn has its own set of bits. I did make a holder for 1/2” bits for the wood lathe but very seldom use it.

Hi Bruce, there is a chip tray that goes under the bed and it has the oil spots in it. I vacuumed up everything to do this mounting. It is full of aluminum chips today…and I’m using one of those bits!

Cheers, Jim

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

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Woodnmetal

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#14 posted 08-02-2021 05:19 PM

Nice job Jim,

A good assortment of cutters can certainly come in handy at times. Especially those with different rads.
Do you buy the blanks with the silver soldered carbide in place, then use a green wheel to shape/sharpen as needed?

Looks very nice, clean, professional and organized!
Cheers, Gary & Christine

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 08-02-2021 05:32 PM

Thanks, Gary and Christine. I did get a bunch of carbide tipped too bits with this stash and they are in the drawer of the lathe in the barn. I do have a green wheel and I sharpen all kinds of carbide cutters on it.

Cheers, Jim

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

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