Lathe Rack

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Project by kenn posted 05-09-2012 05:24 AM 2872 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve needed to get organized and quit laying my sharp lathe tools on the bed, potentially dinging their edges. So I took a few hours and made this tool rack. It is made from scraps and extra pieces I had around, mostly poplar with some pine and maple. I painted it with milk paint, pumpkin, and rubbed it out with steel wool. Then a few coats of BLO and Danish Oil and I hung it up on a french cleat. The last picture shows the previous system of disorganization. I made sure I had a few extra spots for some additioal tools but I’m in real good shape already. I used some wrought head nails on the shelf, mostly because I wanted to try them out. Thanks for looking.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 07:51 AM

Nice job, Worth the time to make this to protect your tools!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 12:16 PM

Nice shelf, very functional. I like the pumpkin color milk paint

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 02:44 PM

looks great! It’s on my list. Hope to make it very similar you yours!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 03:08 PM

Good looking shelf. Look’s like it was needed too.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 11:50 PM

Now you are just making me jealous ;^)

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

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#6 posted 05-10-2012 04:27 AM

great looking rack.

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#7 posted 05-10-2012 04:44 AM

Thanks for posting. That should work nicely! Maybe this will motivate me to make a well-needed rack for mine!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#8 posted 05-10-2012 05:02 AM

Thnaks everybody, it was a much needed project and a fun build. I hand cut the dados and joinery so it was enjoyable and good practice.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 05-10-2012 09:27 AM

very nice. I will start mine this morning. Thanks for the idea, I was thinking about this for a while now.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#10 posted 05-10-2012 01:32 PM

very nice!

-- Dave C. Wesley Chapel FL.

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#11 posted 05-11-2012 08:04 PM

Kenn, just be careful reaching over your lathe when it’s running. Although it looks like it’s more towards the tailstock. Regardless, very nice.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#12 posted 11-04-2017 03:45 AM

I love, love, love the nails you used on this piece.

Btw… is that a Skewchigouge on the right end?

-- I have some idea what I'm doing.

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