I’m at the beginning of a project that has turning work out the wazoo. Eight legs that are turned, with stop-flutes, too. My lathe and its tools were my Dad’s at one time. His lathe tools hung on a wall behind the lathe – he had easy access. Where the lathe is in my shop, there are no accessible walls close by. In fact for the past five or more years, the lathe tools sat on the floor in the wall mount from my Dad’s shop.
Things needed to change, so I designed and built this simple lathe tool cart our of scrap pieces of 3/4″ plywood and a few lengths of 1-1/2″-diameter schedule 40 PVC. And I attached the box to a cheap furniture dolly to make it mobile. The best part is that the assembly is all pocket screws, and when you purchase additional tools, the rack area is easily expanded.
Here are the incredibly simple directions.
As I moved my cart around the shop, I wondered if it would be top heavy. But if it turns out to be, I’ll drop a small weight into its bottom. (Right now I have a pre-cutter that’s part of my T-124 copy lathe.) I also have considered adding a second shelf if storage becomes important.
About That Ridgid Palm Driver
When I first used the #R8224K palm driver, I was disappointed. It wouldn’t drive a drywall screw. The more I pushed, the less work was done. It was then that I realized that you don’t need to push. (Yea, I know!) All you need to do is apply enough pressure to turn on the light and follow the screw. This tool is lightweight and easy to use. At $99 for the kit (charger and 1.5 Amp-hour battery) you may think it’s expensive, but when you need a small driver to get into tight spaces, it’s money well spent. Plus, it works great in wide-open spaces, too. Get more information here.
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