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OK. So here was my problem. I have to take my lathe outside to use it. My little shop just won't work with the mess. (I'm sure there are many others who have to also). That's no problem, but when you take the lathe out, that's just the start! You have to run the extension cord, get your tools and whatever your going to use. That's the problem! At first I would take out the lathe then run back and forth to my basement shop to get what I needed next. I would spend more time running back and forth then turning. Well, I thought I solved that issue when I found an old wore out shadow box in my shop. I just put all my tools in it and now one trip does it. Problem solved. Or so I thought.



As you can see it's all in there but my gosh, you have to dig and hunt for each item you need. What fun is that! Well, during a shop clean up I found the ends to a beer tote from the first beer swap that didn't make the grade. Should work just fine for a tool tote or a lathe tool tote! I set out designing it using autosketch version primitive.



With the basic design set, I began work on it. A little change here and there I was able to get my turning tools in one box. Here is what I came up with minus the tools.





The more I did the more I had to find room for more. I began adding items to the outside even. I even added a tray for holding sandpaper. Everything fits nicely and I can't wait to give it a test run. One trip and I have all my tools out with me and neatly organized. Oh, and yes, those are Kellycraft carbide turning tools. Love them. Thanks for looking and reading this long post.

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Golly, that's a pretty tote, Jeff. And it looks like all your turning stuff is corralled for the moment (must mean it's time to get more, right ;-)). Good job!
 

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Jeff, cool organizer…. You've forgot only one thing - drink holder! ))
 

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Really beautiful Jeff!
 

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Brilliant Jeff! I'll keep this in mind for my layout/measuring tote when I get around to it. Seriously great design and nice work making it sexy too :))
 

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That is a really nice tote, Jeff! Does the extension cord wrap around the handle? What are the black strips that hold the lathe tool handles on the outside?
 

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I need to make a winter tote so I can bring in glue and anything else I use in shed that will freeze ….. love them fancy tools ….. GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone! Dave, actually I need a way to sharpen my HSS tools. So a grinder is next on the list, (and a tote to hold them). :) Toros, I left room on one end opposite the extraction tool. Note to self, install dink holder. :) Jerry, thanks buddy! Ken, thanks, With the layout/ measurement tools you have, I would say you need one! Those ends were to be YOUR beer tote last year. Based on youtubes "Samari carpenter" tool tote.
It didn't quite work out. Candy, Ran out of room for the cord. The black hooks holding the tools are PVC pipe. Tony, I found tote's work for a lot of things. Even beer so they should work for glue. Thanks buddy! Thanks for looking everyone!
 

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Jeff, I see you use the same version of Auto Sketch as I do. LOL!! I really like the lathe tool and accessory tote. Nicely done!! Oh, and I really like my carbide tipped tools also.
 

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Thanks Lee! Sometimes I just have to draw it out by hand. I really like the carbides! I was able to improve my turning so much faster.
 

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Very clever- I may borrow parts of this for storage of my lathe tools.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI
 

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Nicely done Jeff! Quick and easy? Maybe for the build, but design and changes take time for me (read days). Your Auto Sketch is a few versions newer than mine ;-) Top 3 Dude!
 

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Thanks guys! Borrow away Bill, and if you need anything let me know. Duck, I pretty much could see how I wanted it to be. It was a trick to make that happen. Several changes along the way. Thanks for looking everyone!
 

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Handy tote Jeff. I like the form in the handle for the hand grip, cool design. Your tote can be used for a lot of different tools. I'll join in and say that's the auto sketch I use too, very popular one.
 

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That's a thing of beauty, Smitty. You've inspired me. My turning accoutrements have utterly taken over my entire workbench. Trouble is - the thing that's held me back from proceeding towards some solution - is that there are so many sizes and shapes. And, in order to have some wall space for racks and trays and whatnot, I'll have to improvise a wall.
 

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Nice work…something I desperatly need.
 

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Excellant idea for the small workshop and lathe tools. Those parts seem to hide and grow. I also love autosketchup and I predict it will outlast the other gizmos. This tool holder would help my Shopsmith organization for the lathe.
Please feel free to see my projects and home page also as I am in a one car garage and later in AZ will have to be a wall of the garage and looking for storage hints to help me. see my blog..Help me..photos there. Thanks Hal
 

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Brilliant!!! and you incorporated a little Greene and Greene with the cloud lift handle and curves. I recognize the maker's marks on the lathe tools as well (KelleyCrafts). Makes me consider what things I do routinely that would benefit from having a tool tote rather than having to scavenge to find tools all over the shop.
 
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