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Alan Zenreich
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Lathe tool holder/rack
Nov 26th, 2010 at 4:58pm
 
I finally got around to making some photos of my lathe tool rack.  This rig, which sits to the left of my DVR XP's headstock is my main rack.  Some of the other turning tools are stored near Lauren's lathe, so she has those close at hand.

I purchased a Harbor Freight stool and decided that I really didn't like the cushion. So I repurposed the frame and turntable mechanism into a lathe tool holder.

I added a plywood top, shelf and some casters. Then I affixed various diameters of PVC pipe to the top. So far the turntable has been working out very well for me.

I don't have any problem with the sharp bits of the tools pointing up. I approach the tools carefully, with the respect they deserve.

There's still room to add some more tubes, and I'll likely drill some holes on the bottom shelf wings for more toys, errr, tools.

I hope some folk find this useful.

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Re: Lathe tool holder/rack
Reply #1 - Nov 26th, 2010 at 6:33pm
 
Great looking setup there  smiley=beer.gif
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Reply #2 - Nov 26th, 2010 at 8:03pm
 
Awesome reuse of the stool! That's a great looking tool rack! smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #3 - Nov 26th, 2010 at 11:44pm
 
Nice rack!!!
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Reply #4 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 1:00am
 
very nice. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #5 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 4:45am
 
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Reply #6 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 6:31am
 
Awesome, great design.  Everything in one place.  Me likey!
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Reply #7 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 7:58am
 
really slick, but do you ever nick your wrist when reaching for one in the middle? I have a similar design and that was my big worry. Hasn't happened yet though.
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Re: Lathe tool holder/rack
Reply #8 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 11:49am
 
Paul,

I am very aware of the sharp bits, so no, I've never nicked myself on the exposed points.  Also there is enough jiggle room in each pipe to move tools out of the way if need be.

Generally, I'll rearrange the tools based on what's on the lathe at the moment.  I may take 3 or 4 tools that I expect to use for a piece and move them to the outside positions.  Then I swing the turntable around so those tools are closest to me, making it very convenient.
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Reply #9 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 2:51pm
 
Very cool Alan.  Great idea and well laid out.  Nice job!
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Reply #10 - Nov 27th, 2010 at 6:21pm
 
I like it!  I have one of those stools too.  Mine sits on the storage side of my basement collecting dust because I don't like the cushion part either. I don't need a tool rack, but now I will be thinking of another purpose for it.-Andy
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Reply #11 - Nov 28th, 2010 at 6:47pm
 
Great idea. Knowing that something is sharp never seemed to keep from bleeding all over the place.  bang head
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Reply #12 - Dec 2nd, 2010 at 5:40pm
 
great idea I need to make one
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Reply #13 - Jan 14th, 2011 at 8:05pm
 
I really like your idea!!  I need to do something as they all lay around in front of the lathe bed.
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Reply #14 - Jan 18th, 2011 at 6:31pm
 
Thinking about copying this for my own workshop. Thing is, the 2 stools my mother dumped in my shed, there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with them and they have a back that would need to be removed. She'd do some looking if she seen I had cut up one of her stools.  Grin
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