Organizing the shop #1: Organizing my hand tools & a new lathe

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Blog entry by roaddog posted 10-29-2017 01:47 AM 960 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop has been in a state of continual disorganization for too long. I picked up some pegboard a while back. I’m finally getting around to putting it up.

Made a little prototype chisel holder from some utility 1×4 for my Stanley Sweetheart chisels. It works well so I’ll make one out of something nicer. Still have a lot of space for the lathe chisels and other hand tools.

I’ll be picking up some maple for a bench top this week for the cabinets on this wall. Build a 3” thick top and put a woodworking vice in it. Something I’ve never had. My Ron Paulk bench is great for a lot of tasks. Hand work isn’t one of them and it’s taking up too much space in the shop so it’ll go into the work trailer soon.

After that I’ll build a mobile cart for the Harbor Freight lathe I picked up a few weeks ago. What a fun little machine. I picked up some accessories for it. It has been fun learning to turn. My attempt at a snowman with a tophat was almost successful last night. Had a catch that ruined the piece. Plenty more wood in the shop to practice on.

At some point I’ll have to get the other wall organized for my sanders, drills and other power tools. Still studying on that.

-- Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh

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#1 posted 10-31-2017 12:48 PM

What I did with my bench was I cut the maple at 1 1/2” wide and turned them on there side, I drilled holes through and ran threaded rod through. I put that on 2, 3/4” pieces of plywood and screwed those together, then I wrapped it with 3” wide maple. It works great the only problem is I can’t use a holdfast because of the plywood.

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