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After looking around the shop for some wall space to put a rack for my lathe tool bits, I found there wasn't any but there was a space under the lathe not being used. So I made this drawer for them.
It is made from 1/2" maple plywood and suspended on 8" full extension slides. All the joints are lock mitered and glued and it is hung under the lathe on 4 1/4-20 bolts into inserts in the wood side rails. It is 4" x 8 1/2" x 16 " wide and finished with semigloss enamel.

I also made some refrigerator magnets out of material hanging around for the great granddaughters to play with.

Cheers, Jim



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Nothing better than storing the accessories right at the tool they are used for.

Your Great Granddaughters love you.. :)
 

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can't have enough storage (drawers)
 

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harder to loose if they are stored by the tool.
 

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Nice, nice…and tidy
 

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Sweet Idea! I'd forget to shut the drawer and it would fill with chips.
 

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Good job finding a little space under the lathe for those bits. Nice and handy. I think you have enough bits to last awhile. Are those bits for metal or can they be used either way?
 

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Good job Jim, now you have room for some more tools!
 

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Good use of space Jim. I like the lighting on the top of the turquoise colored top.

Did you build that neat stand for the lathe?
 

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Well done Jim, Making very good use of space.
 

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Looking Good Jim using up all space!!
 

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Nice bit storage Jim, near by and organized!

I'm a bit shocked at seeing a metal lathe without any metal spirals or oil pools, not even in the dark nooks and crannies!

Some would consider that a virtue or a sign of OCD, myself? I just avoid any labels and let surfaces in my shop go Au-natural 8^)
 

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Thanks you all for the nice comments.

Hi Dave. these are all bit for the tool holder on the metal lathes.They are 3/8" and 5/16". The other Southbend lathe in the barn has its own set of bits. I did make a holder for 1/2" bits for the wood lathe but very seldom use it.

Hi Bruce, there is a chip tray that goes under the bed and it has the oil spots in it. I vacuumed up everything to do this mounting. It is full of aluminum chips today…and I'm using one of those bits!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Nice job Jim,

A good assortment of cutters can certainly come in handy at times. Especially those with different rads.
Do you buy the blanks with the silver soldered carbide in place, then use a green wheel to shape/sharpen as needed?

Looks very nice, clean, professional and organized!
Cheers, Gary & Christine
 

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Thanks, Gary and Christine. I did get a bunch of carbide tipped too bits with this stash and they are in the drawer of the lathe in the barn. I do have a green wheel and I sharpen all kinds of carbide cutters on it.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Excellent idea Jim!!!! Nice Fridge Magnets Too!!!!
Regards…..Cliff.
 

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Thanks, Cliff. Are you putting out the word on Bob?

Cheers, Jim
 

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Having everything handy at the place you are working at is nice! You are always thinking!
 

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Thanks , Tony!!......... Cheers, Jim
 

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Love how you are both practical and care for your tools.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 
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