Turning Tool Holder

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Project by OSU55 posted 01-18-2014 05:06 PM 3298 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a place to put my turning tools, but hanging something on the wall wasn’t a good option. My lathe (HF 34706) is on a mobile base and gets moved around vs a dedicated space. I finally came up with this lathe mounted holder that protects the tool tips and people. It’s mounted so that nothing protrudes outside of the base footprint, but it is possible to catch a handle, possibly damaging a tool but not the person.

It’s a simple wood box design, with recessed ends. Pieces of PVC pipe extending through the box and about 1” from each end. PVC couplers were cut in half and glued to each end. The pipe size (1”) won’t let the handles pass through, but even though I smoothed the cut ends the tool handles get marks. Probably as mush to do with the low grade finish on the handles as anything, but it doesn’t hurt functionality. My roughing gouges needed larger pipe, so I followed the same PVC approach but mounted them to the side with brackets. Colored round sticky dots from wally world were used to ID the tools – color coded by type and labeled with the size. Keeps the tools right there at the bench and protects the tips.

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 05:18 PM

Very nice. I have the same lathe. I’ll have to do something like this as well.

-- - chevybowtieguy

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#2 posted 01-18-2014 05:19 PM

That’s pretty slick. I like the way it’s angled for ease of reach. Does it get in the way for getting around the lathe to get inside a bowl?


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#3 posted 01-18-2014 05:29 PM

Nice implementation of shop organization & efficiency!!!

I have a JET 1442, that I have yet to use….
Gotta have sharp tools prior to turning!!!

I just finished building my sharpening station.
Gouges & parting tool are now shaped & sharpened.
Need to finish up my skew & scrapers….
Then create some storage!!!

Thanks for the perfectly timed post!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 01-18-2014 07:14 PM

Nice, I have been working on something similar.

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#5 posted 01-18-2014 10:57 PM

I can’t comment on it getting in the way of bowl turning as I haven’t done any. It is mounted on the tailstock end to get it out of the way. For large bowls, the head on this lathe turns to the side or completely 180° outboard and I don’t think it will be in the way.

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 12:51 PM

Very nice idea. I was going to do something like that on my new lathe bench but vertical. Having it on an angle like that makes sense, thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 04:41 AM

I have a Jet 1221 vs that I set on my work bench and have been trying to come up with a way to hold the tools. It won’t be the same but you have given me a great idea of how to make it work thanks.
Great project!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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