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    Turning Tool Rack

    Ran out of room in the tool drawer for the turning tools, needed a better way to organize and store the lathe tools. Below is what I came up with.
    It's 30" long, the top row is 2" PVC 12" long. The lower rack is 1-1/2" pipe cut into 8" pieces.

    I'll accept the accolades for implementation, but the credit for the idea goes to our own Bernie......

    Bernie, Thanks for posting pics of your rack, I hope you don't mind I 'borrowed' your idea. Works great!!
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    Last edited by Tony Falotico; 11-18-2007 at 10:34 PM.

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    Nicely done, Tony. From the looks of things, you can only buy four more turning tools, then you're done. No more space for any more. (Something tells me you'd find a way to get around that problem.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Nicely done, Tony. From the looks of things, you can only buy four more turning tools, then you're done. No more space for any more. (Something tells me you'd find a way to get around that problem.)
    Don't worry Vaughn, There's lots of wall space left!

    Tony, BCE '75

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    Tony that is a good looking storage system you made. Glad to have helped and no problem on borrowing the idea.
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    Looks great, and as long as it is not tool close to the lathe, they should not fill up quickly

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Looks great, and as long as it is not tool close to the lathe, they should not fill up quickly

    Cheers!
    Took the words right out of my mouth! If you cut the bottom inch off the tubes they'll be self-cleaning.

    Nice work

    -Joe

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    I like it, Tony. I hadn't thought about using PVC, but it looks like it works out quite well. That gives me some ideas for one I'm working on for inside a cabinet I was given last week.

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    Great Job Tony!

    What size PVC did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Jordan View Post
    What size PVC did you use?
    It's 30" long, the top row is 12" long 2" PVC. The lower rack is 1-1/2" pipe cut into 8" pieces. 2" schedule 40 PVC fits into a 2 3/8" hole saw cut.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Fisher View Post
    If you cut the bottom inch off the tubes they'll be self-cleaning.
    I thought about the problem of them getting 'stuff' in them, but couldn't figure the best way. If I had 'notched' the bottom, similar to the top I could just clean 'em out with the shop vac. The tubes are screwed in and removable, So I just might go ahead and do that.

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    Looks good... My only concern is having the business ends up. I can see reaching for one tool in haste and getting cut in the process. If you go with Joe's idea and take away an inch on the bottom of the tube you would still have an easy visual as to what's what, and/or you could mark the tubes to say what it holds. I also think I might like to angle the tubes out ever so slightly to make going in and out a bit easier. I guess that's about .04 cents worth.
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