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Over the past month, my shop had gotten even more chaotic than usual. I've had jury duty, and when I did get some shop-time, I wasn't taking the time to clean up afterwards.

During my turning spree this spring and early summer, I had acquired a lot of lathe tools I didn't have any place for. So when I did finally get a little time, I decided to build a rack to hold them. A chunk of 1×12, a piece of 1×8, and a bunch of 1×4 pieces, some glue and some screws, and it's done.

Holes in top of is are thanks to my new forstner bits and a little bit of chisel work for the really big scraper (a 40mm wide round) and I now have a nice home for the new lathe tools and a bit of expansion room, even. And then I added a new chunk of cleat to the wall to hold the tools at a better level for reaching when I'm working at the lathe.

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you're way ahead of my storage system. I see yours have names, mine are a round one, a pointy one, a flat one and a couple duplicates
 

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You done big Dave that will be handy.
 

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this is my setup,i just used pvc pipe screwed under the upper cabinet.works great for me.
 

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Fast and efficient, work well done, good job.
 

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Great job, can never have enough organization in the shop. Always evolving.
 

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Thanks, Dick! The names written on the wood with a sharpie were more so I didn't drill the wrong holes through the boards. There was also a pencil mark with the diameter each hole needed to be until I removed that with the drill.

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Thanks, Pottz, I thought about something like that, but I have a ton of pine offcuts from building the bookcases, and a lot of them get used as shop furniture. Plus, having it on a cleat means I can move it around the shop if I decide to rearrange.

Thanks, Tom! I think the total project took almost two weeks, but drilling the holes in the horizontal boards, and dovetailing the uprights to the horizontal boards was one weekend, and gluing and screwing on the cleats and spacers was the next weekend. Maybe three or four hours if you just count the time working. I even accidentally made one of the joints a "sliding dumbass" rather than a dovetail, but the mistake was just on the pins on the upright, so once I cut the brace off and put it on the other side, all was well.

Thanks, Eric!
 

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Glad you are back in the shop Dave, our tool rack looks handy.
 

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this is a very nice rack i like the idea of being able to move it GREAT JOB :<))))
 

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Nice way to organize them, Dave. You can see the tips that way!!

cheers, Jim
 

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Thanks, Tony! Having everything on cleats sure makes it easy to change my mind about where stuff belongs.

Thanks, Jim! Yeah, I kinda liked them even higher, but then it became a chore to get the longer ones out of the rack. Plus now I have space above them for layout tools and calipers and such.
 

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Clever build Dave. Like Jim J said you can identify the the tips.

I have a feeling you made some of those handles.
 

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One can never be too organized in the shed; everything with a place and everything in its own place.
It's just a good work practice!
 

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Thanks, Peter! And they take up less space on the workbench this way, too! ;-)
 

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I should probably do something like this for myself. If I can ever find the time. Great job !!! Mel
 

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Dave that's great progress when you build a lathe tool holder. Now you won't be looking for tools all the time. Nice job. I built a rotary holder years ago and love it.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/89232
 

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Thanks, Mel. It didn't take very much time, other than waiting for glue to dry. Dovetail the uprights into the horizontals, cut some diagonal braces, drill holes in the horizontals, glue things together, then glue and screw on a cleat and spacers on the bottom of the uprights.

Dave, I thought about putting them sharp end up, but I'm enough of a klutz that I'm pretty sure that would be too stabby for me.
 

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Hi Dave. Nice rack for a good set of tools!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Thanks, Jim! I still need to get the grinder bench built so I can sharpen them more easily, but one thing at a time…
 
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