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Project by BalloonGuy posted 05-10-2013 03:57 AM 2050 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past Sunday, I decided I needed to get the lathe turning tools organized. I put together the rack in photo #1 in a couple of hours out of scrap I had left over from various home remodel projects of the last year. (Never throw out good scraps!) The only thing I needed was an $8 set of magnetic tool holders from Northern Tools. In photo #2 you can see it hanging just above the lathe, with everything in easy reach.

Knowing that I’ll be back and forth between the lathe and the grinder, I set up a grinding station next door, with a Delta variable-speed grinder and Norton 3X stones, plus a One-Way Wolverine grinding jig. Got all the gouges and skews touched up and ready to go.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 12:21 PM

Great job organizing your turning area. I really need to do something similar.

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 12:28 PM

Good set up. Tools within easy reach is always a great thing to have.


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

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 02:01 PM

Neat idea. I have mine over the lathe and it is great to just reach up and get the tool of choice. I tend to put mine up better this way by swapping out the tools. I used to leave them laying around the lathe. They can put a dent in a toe when they fall. Don’t ask me how I know.

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

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#4 posted 05-25-2013 07:00 AM

I did something similar but I didn’t think of angling the magnet bar for the longer tools. Good idea!
I found the magnets from Rockler are good for holding kitchen knives but the Harbor Freight magnetic bars are great for this (and about a third of the cost)

-- to turn or not to turn, is that really a question?

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 01:48 AM

Great tool storage! I need something like this.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 08-18-2013 05:19 PM

Very nice set-up! I’ts so very handy to have the tools so near the lathe and and a grinder right there; but I’ve read “WARNINGS” about the use of magnetic holders for tools, especially those that are sharpened often such as chisels. Appearently it is not good for the longetivety of the edges. I’m not a metalurgist but just read woodworking magazines. Maybe consider other style holding fixtures if this be true?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-18-2013 07:37 PM

Russell, it wouldn’t be hard to replace those magnets with bars, like the ones in the lower-left section. I’ll do some searching on advice regarding magnetizing cutting tools. If you come across something, let me know.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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