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Thread: Lathe tool storage

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    North Central Texas - DFW

    Lathe tool storage

    I'm trying to get my shop a little more organized rather than just piles of stuff everywhere. So I though I would tackle getting the lathe tools organized. I have a really shortage of wall space in the shop and so I came up with this idea. It is build out of left overs from other projects.

    The storage box fits on the end of the lathe. It doesn't seem like it will get in the way too much there.
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    Opens like a book to allow storage of the lathe tools, and other lathe tools.
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    A close up of the storage shelf.
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    The second part opens with more storage.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    Mike, I am impressed. Nice work. Looks like you are much more organized than me.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great job Mike. I like it and probably for me would put it on the wall as bending over for me is a chore.
    Bernie W.

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  4. #4
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    Sep 2007
    Brookhaven, Ms
    Neat idea and design Mike. Very well organized.

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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Jan 2007
    That is VERY nice Mike!


  6. #6
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Great idea, and nicely done. I've been scheming of ways to get my stuff a bit better organized, too. I may have to steal some of your ideas.
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    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Well done, I agree that getting a place for everything, and having everything in it's place is really good for efficiency.

    Nice design and execution!
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Mike, that is sweet!!! Like another said, my back doesn't do the repeated bending without a lot of complaint, but that is one sweet setup that I may pilpher ideas from and hang on a wall.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    San Antonio, Texas
    Mike it's already been said, but nice cabinet. Very functional. Now all I have to do is figure out where to hang one if I built it.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    North Central Texas - DFW

    I don't know about the "more organized" comment. You just didn't see pictures of the rest of the shop.

    Bernie, Jonathan,

    I do agree with not wanting to bend down every time I change to a different tool. I really have a shortage of wall space to mount this on otherwise it would be on a wall. As a result, my plan is to make a holder to hold the tools that I'm using on the specific project that would keep them in close reach. Time will tell on what I come up with in that regard. What doesn't show in the picture is that my router table is right behind where I stand when I'm turning. Currently, I turn around and keep the tools that I'm using on the router table top.


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