''SUPER SIMPLE''- Lathe Tool, and Chisel Holders

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Project by jeffwedekind posted 03-04-2014 09:33 PM 2892 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been teaching myself a little basic turning lately, and decided I needed a proper place to put my lathe tools. (The cardboard box I kept them in was definitely cramping my style).

I decided while I was at it I could whip one up for some bench chisels as well, (I get in a little shop organizational mood every spring)... So here they are in all their simple glory.

I first drilled some stepped holes every 2 inches (if I remember correctly). For the chisel rack, I also used a counter sink as well to allow the conical shape of my Marples chisels to seat well. On the lathe tool holder, I drilled the upper/larger hole, to fit the base of the handle, and the lower/smaller hole to fit the ferule somewhat tightly. The goal being that when the tool was placed in the holder it would seat itself and not flop around or lay askew.

In addition, the chisel holder has a notch cut out of each hole sized to the narrowest part of the tang to allow me to lift the chisel up and out, but locking the chisel in place when placed in the rack.

The ”bow tie” inlay is simply for decoration and to cover up a small gouge that was in the wood. (Totally superfluous, but I wanted the practice).

Over-all I’m pretty pleased with both the form and function of each. I had considered many of the much fancier ( albeit, very cool) options I found on LJ’s ,but ultimately I decided WHY, and opted for SUPER SIMPLE!

Thanks for looking,

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 01:26 AM

Nicely done. I have to make one of those for my tools.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 03:21 AM

You did a fine job Jeff and made yourself a feel good addition to your shop.
That bowtie would look good on the chisel racks I just love little touches like that .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 10:23 AM

nicely done

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 07:18 PM

Hello Jeff

Yes super simple but super effective

It’s all we all want

Nice work

Thanks for sharing

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

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#5 posted 03-07-2014 05:48 PM

Thanks guys.

Kiefer, I too like the little touches on even the mundane things like racks and jigs that are posted here so often. I’m constantly thinking I’ll do the extra mile on such projects, but alas, I tend to end on the simple design. I wanted the practice, and there was a blemish I hated, so…..

I surprised myself. I learned a new skill and it looks cool. Maybe I’ll turn a new leaf and venture into more of these ’‘extras’’

Thanks again,

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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