Lathe tool rack

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Project by ldl posted 01-11-2013 03:51 AM 11568 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last picture is how I started out making my rack. I saw it on one of the videos. After seeing the design that Thedane posted I like it better so I changed my rack like his. The rack is mounted right over the lathe on the wall and shavings would fly up and get in the tubes. Only way to empty them was blow them out. With this rack there is nothing to trap the shavings. I like it a lot better.

Rack is made from basswood.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 04:11 AM

Nice job—a great lathe deserves a great tool rack.

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 04:29 AM

Nice job on you rack … thanks for the mention!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 06:18 AM

Wonderful tool rack! Good job..

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 07:55 AM

Nice, tidy storage, all within easy reach. That’s a help for sure.

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 10:59 AM

Great storage and easy access


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#7 posted 01-11-2013 12:21 PM

Very cool, now I have something to do this weekend!

-- Larry, North Carolina,!/woodworkin

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#8 posted 01-11-2013 12:32 PM

Nice tool rack Dewayne I might have to give one of these a try, Good Job.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#9 posted 01-11-2013 01:41 PM

Nice, ez access, see what you’re grabbin rack.

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 02:58 PM

Thanks for the comments.

It sure beats piling them up on the table next to the lathe like I was doing. Very simple to make. I miscounted my tools and need two more spaces but I will have to add them later. I just won’t put my least used tools up there.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#11 posted 01-11-2013 04:34 PM

Glad to see someone else using this kind of tool holder. I have 3 in my shop for my lathe tools. (one for each lathe)

-- Richard

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#12 posted 01-12-2013 03:40 AM

very good you need any pegs at the shaft to keep the tools from sliding over?

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#13 posted 01-12-2013 04:22 AM

Doordude it is kinda hard to see in the photo but I took a 1 3/4 forsner bit and rilled a set of holes in a board. I then sawed that board in half which gave me a half a hole on each side. One side faces in toward the tools placed at about 4” to 6” up from bottom and the other I put at the largest point of my longest tool facing out. The half holes hold them straight.

Richard it is a very good system for tool storage.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#14 posted 01-12-2013 06:15 PM

Hello Idl

A very nice collection and a good work on this rack

I like this idea

Thanks for sharing

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

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#15 posted 01-13-2013 11:46 AM

I got this from Thedane but thanks for the comments.

I have just a couple of weeks ago got the better tools. The old Craftsman tools were ok for the old Craftsman tube lathe but were not long enough for the bigger projects the Powermatic allows me to do. I still use then on smaller projects though. The bowl gouges allow a much better finish on my bowls also. I’m really just learning to use the lathe and watch a lot of videos on turning.

I’m jus an ole country boy trying to have some fun in my retirement years.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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