lathe tool rack

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Project by Darell posted 12-28-2012 06:37 PM 4905 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tool rack is a work in progress. It’s made from hackberry that I got free and plywood and is assembled using a kreg jig and pocket screws. That way if I want to change something it’s easy to do. It has taken a bit of planning to figure out where I wanted things to go to be in easy reach. Turning tools on the right above a shelf for tool rests, drive and live centers and a place for the knock out bar. I added a mini gulp dc hood for dust collection when sanding. It’s movable forward and back and tilt. 4” hose runs down the back of the cabinet and around the corner to the front where I can hook my dc hose up to it. Magnetic strips hold calipers, chuck wrenches and assorted other accessories. Shelf space for my chucks and I have my light mounted so it’s convenient and it can be moved out of the way. Hooks on either end for hanging my turning smocks and face shield.

A look at the back shows the routing of the dust hose and my vacuum chuck mounting.

This shows the dust hood pulled all the way out.

I have a couple of changes in mind when I get back to turning. I need another shelf for additional tools rests, a better way to store chucks besides just laying them down and I’m trying to come up with a better dust collection installation. I like the way it works but it could be better. And I’m going to rework the plumbing on the vacuum pump.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 06:39 PM

Nice setup….VERY NICE!!

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 06:49 PM


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#3 posted 12-28-2012 06:49 PM

nice work Darell.

-- Got Wood?

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 07:11 PM

Good job Darell!

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 07:17 PM

Hello Darell

A very nice stand with a lot of good ideas

This stand will be copied a lot of times ….

I ‘m impatient to see the news evolutions

Thanks for sharing

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

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#6 posted 12-28-2012 09:49 PM

Looks like a very nice and well thought out set up. Congratulations on a job well done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 12-28-2012 11:28 PM

Looks great! I’m hopefully going to build a lathe stand for my lathe eventually. If you don’t mind, is that a vacuum pump on your lathe? If so what size CFM is it and what HP is it?

Thanks Christian

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 03:13 AM

nice job I am going to use some of your ideas

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 03:34 AM

Very cool design,good job.

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#10 posted 12-29-2012 05:49 AM

i realy like that perty neat idea

-- Punk in PA

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#11 posted 12-29-2012 07:44 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Christian, yes, that is a vacuum pump. I picked it up at SWAT from JT Turning tools. The link is below. It’s 4.2 cfm and 1/3 hp. I know a couple of guys that have this pump and they hold some pretty big pieces with it.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#12 posted 12-29-2012 01:45 PM

great “turned” out nice.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 12-29-2012 05:08 PM

Very Nice Set Up. I really like the way you set up the dust collector. I have been trying to come up with some ideas for a dust collection system at my Lathe this helps a bit.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 12-30-2012 02:28 AM

Thanks for letting me know. That helps out. I’d like to start reverse mounting bowls to turn off the bottom. I have been seeing pumps on ebay and I didn’t know what to get. I have seen all kinds of sizes, and this really helps out. Thanks


-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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