Lathe Tool Rack

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Project by Trackman posted 03-11-2013 01:01 AM 8857 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I felt like I needed to get organized now that I finally have a new lathe. As I was turning, I always had to stop and search for the next tool that I needed. After all of the Christmas gifts were done I took the time to make myself a tool rack.
Not wanting to spend a lot of money on material I recycled some pine from an old water bed frame that we’d had laying around for years. For a back I just went to Home Depot and bought a small piece of Hard Board. To keep each tool in its place I used rare earth magnets. Unfortunately, I’ve been busy with another project and haven’t had a chance to use the new rack yet, but I’m sure it will work just fine.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 01:22 AM

Love the concept, and wondered what held them in until I read the story.

Very neat job.

Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 01:25 AM

I like your solution for organizing your lathe tools. I have heard that the rare earth magnets can “magnetize” the steel in the tool and might might if a little “draggy” on the tool rest. I think that I’m going to build a similar rack and use everything but the magnets – I think that I will opt for some 1/4” dowels on either side of the tool. I might be wrong about the magnet, so don’t hold me to it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 01:49 AM

Good idea, did you tilt the cabinet back some so they lay at a slight angle? I read about the magnets but call me crazy I am sure I would miss and push one out of place and stab myself. (laughing) I used up 3 precious drawers to put mine in a very tight layout having had them in a simple holder next to the rack. That holder is still around but having reached under it once and got reminded how sharp they were I opted for the drawer idea.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 03:41 AM

Neat simple rack. I too wondered how you were holding them up initially. Don’t know either if the magnets would magnatize the tools. Be courious to know how it turned out.

I needed to have a place to keep my chucks and face plates so I built mine this way.

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

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 02:10 PM

Nice Job; and great design. I’m going to add you as a new buddy since I too just purchased my first lathe

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 07:22 AM

nice idea on your build,it looks perfect…thx for posting this…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 12:41 AM

I’ve been wondering how to store my lathe tools neatly w/out having them in a box or some thing because knowing how my shop ends up it will end up buried under loads of stuff, but i make this i can just mount it on the wall above the lathe. Great solution to the problem. Thanks a lot for sharing!

-- Anthony--

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 12:43 AM

Where do you buy your magnets?

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

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#9 posted 09-11-2013 12:52 AM

I got them from Woodcraft.

-- Trackman, Washington

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