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    Lathe tool rack

    I bought a tool roll bag from LV as something temporary to keep the turning tools in but it just seems to trap all the wood chips and curlies. So I was thinking of building something more practicle. I have some ideas but thought I would ask all the turners out there what you use or have built. I have a wall behind the lathe so I have some wall space availible. Looking for more ideas that I can use in my situation.
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    I built one recently, but don't have any pics...yet. I'm headed out to the shop now to do some other stuff, but I'll snag a photo or two while I'm in there.
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    I have a lathe tool storage rack, for when I'm done turning, but while I'm turning the tools stay just under the lathe (I really need to put a spacer between the lathe stand the the bottom on my lathe) or on a nearby bench. Anything you make near the lathe, or maybe I should say TOO near the lathe is going to end up full of curlies

    I'll interested to see what you have come up with Vaughn!
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    Nothing fancy, by any means...a bit of scrap plywood and some PVC pipe. This rack just holds the tools I use the most often, and a few that are too long to store conveniently in the drawers where the rest of my turning tools are stored. (I'll post some pics shortly in the Shop Tours area to show the whole area where this tool rack is sitting, including the tool drawers.) This rack is freestanding, and so far it's just resided on the benchtop behind me when I'm standing at the lathe, but I can set it on the dropped bed at the end of my lathe if I decide I want to. The ends of the PVC are cut at 45 to give me access to drill and countersink screw holes to mount them. (I think I stole that idea from Chuck Beland.)

    Sorry for the poor pics...they are what they are.

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    This is mine, which is now full and I need to build an addition! Works great.
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    Here is a quick one I put together a couple of years ago. I want to redo it but you know how it is. I will make a new one like it and mount it on the wall next to the lathe.
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    Here's the stand I made for my Jet Mini.

    I actually moved the tool rack from the left to the right hand side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Nothing fancy, by any means...a bit of scrap plywood and some PVC pipe. This rack just hold the tools I use the most often, and a few that are too long to store conveniently in the drawers where the rest of my turning tools are stored. (I'll post some pics shortly in the Shop Tours area to show the whole area where this tool rack is sitting, including the tool drawers.) This rack is freestanding, and so far it's just resided on the benchtop behind me when I'm standing at the lathe, but I can set it on the dropped bed at the end of my lathe if I decide I want to. The ends of the PVC are cut at 45 to give me access to drill and countersink screw holes to mount them. (I think I stole that idea from Chuck Beland.)

    Sorry for the poor pics...they are what they are.

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    color me confuse but did you cut the ends at a angle of 45 degree or is 45 the outside temperature ? [NO PUN INTENDED ]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Here's the stand I made for my Jet Mini.

    I actually moved the tool rack from the left to the right hand side.


    brent, how is that rolling stand working out for the lathe. is it stable enough?

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    It works fine for me. All 4 wheels lock on it and being as how its only a mini lathe, I don't turn anything too big on it. Just pens and other small projects.

    It's got a channel underneath the lathe that directs the shavings out the back, and I did end up putting a plastic sheet over the front to keep the shavings from getting on the shelves.
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