Lathe Tools Revolving Storage Tower

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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-14-2011 07:31 PM 23739 views 31 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, when I saw Kent Shepherd’s turning tools organized, I was inspired to do something for mine. It’s not as much eye catching, but it’s very effective.

Since my wood lathe sits in the middle of my small basement shop, I scratched my head to imagine a place where to store my tools and small accessories at arm’s reach while I’m turning.

The chisels nest in the short 2’’ plastic pipes and stand vertical against 1/4’’ earth-magnets. I can bring it on the workbench, facing the lathe, or drop it on my shop cart besides the lathe.

All process details and pictures can be found from this page of my blog.

Thanks for watching.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 08:33 PM

Hello serge

Another idea and another project and as usual well done
And Another good tutorial on your blog
Be careful with your fingers !!!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 09:22 PM

Very nice idea and well build, just a bit scared of those sharp tools facing upwards

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 09:37 PM

This is really cool. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 09:43 PM

Serge some big company needs to offer you a hefty salary to work in their RD department.

As for the sharp tools facing upwards… well that depends on placement. If this is down low then yes be careful but if this is on a shelf where you reach strait out or upwards then perfect. Depends on placement i guess.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 09:53 PM

Now thats cool, great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 09:57 PM

great work
If I had a lathe I would build one of these

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 10:43 PM

Hi Serge,
Looking good!
Yes nothing like some order.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 10:54 PM

Hey Serge,

I like this a lot. Not too sure on the on tool orientation. I need something like this for the tools I am using for the project I am working on. All my tools are on the wall. would be nice having them next to me.

Good Job.

-- Chris Ward

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#9 posted 02-14-2011 11:24 PM

I’ve been on the fence about building something like this because my tools sit behind my lathe and are very visually distracting. I agree about pointy side up being a little bit dangerous, as I cut myself enough and gave blood on a sharp skew at a famous turner’s shop because it was storer this way.

I may just have to get off my duff and build one.

-- Steven

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Shawn K.

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#10 posted 02-15-2011 03:09 AM

Excellent work, and the perfect solution to a problem I’d been fighting since re-situating my lathe. Personally I like the orientation of the tools, simply for the reason that I can recognize what the tool is by looking at the business end, rather than the handle. Instant favorite.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#11 posted 02-15-2011 06:40 AM

Very creative and practical!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Kent Shepherd

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#12 posted 02-15-2011 07:48 PM

I’m glad to know I actually influenced someone in a positive way!
You did a great job on the organizer. Of course you did, everything you do is first class.

Thanks for sharing


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#13 posted 02-16-2011 01:23 AM

Very cool! Added to favorites. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#14 posted 03-23-2011 01:06 AM

nice and handy idea thanks for sharing

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