Friday, April 10, 2009

Lathe Storage

Martha was at it again this past week and turned her attention to the mess beneath my lathe.

I'm fascinated with old tool chests that have sliding trays so I decided to build a simple plywood and pine version of one.

The two trays are sized so that they completely bypass one another which allows me to reach for a tool in either one at the same time. They are also removable and can sit on top of the box while the lathe is in use. Beneath these trays are three open bins.

I used spacer blocks in positioning the runners that support the trays to ensure that they ran parallel to one another.

Two handles were added to the top so the lid would slide without racking.

The handles themselves are a simple design made with a moulding plane and block plane. I first plowed a groove to create a track in which the moulding plane could more easily be navigated.

A rat tail file was used to produce the concave recess on the ends of the handles and a sandpaper-wrapped dowel was used to clean up the profile.

It's a super simple storage box, or if you think like my partner, a 19th c. coffin. That's what she says it looks like. meh.

On another note: sorry
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will said...

I'm a bit confused ... is that a modern electric lathe in your workshop? I figured you had a foot treadle one.

Bob Tinsley said...

Nice coff. . . . uh, box!

Ethan said...

I take it you like your Veritas plow plane, then? You seem to be getting some good use out of it, anyway!

Hey, if you ever want to send Martha over to my place for a while, I could put her to work with some drywall!

Alternately, if she wants to start on some tool storage while I drywall, that would be acceptable, as well.

Kari Hultman said...

Bill, a treadle lathe requires more coordination and stamina than I possess.

Thanks Bob! heh heh

Ethan, I suspect that Martha has left the building.
But yes, I love my veritas plough plane. It's been getting a workout lately.

Anonymous said...

How is the lower tray removable? Is it a bit smaller than the upper one?

Kari Hultman said...

Anon, yes, that's exactly right--the lower tray is a little smaller in width than the top one.

Woodbloke said...

Kari - nice...far too organised though. All my turning tools are held on the wall on a magnetic strip. Happy Easter by the way...hope you've had plenty of choc! - Rob

Bob Easton said...

Nice job on the storage box Martha, erm, Kari.

Martha is welcome here too, to do the organization chores so I can have more time in the shop.


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Kari Hultman said...

Rob, I've seen some of your wall of tools and it's very well organized. ; )

Bpb, Blogger—maybe since it's a free service—doesn't address known problems very quickly. Blogger profile view counts have been stuck for a month, for instance. I guess I can't complain, since I'm not paying anything to have this blog. Ah well....

Anonymous said...

Hi Kari,
could you explain me who is Martha?


Kari Hultman said...

Paolo, I apologize for the confusion. I'm referring to Martha Stewart, who has a TV show and magazine that focus on ways to become more organized and make your home more attractive and livable.

TJIC from SmartFlix said...

I just googled for "under lathe storage" (I've got a "mustard monster" - a Powermatic, and there's a huge amount of space down by my knees and toes going to waste.

This entry is one of the top hits... and I can see why!

I've read about old tool chests with sliding tills, but have been uncertain how much I'd like one.

How do you find that it performs?

I think I intend to keep all of my turning tools on a rack to the left of the lathe that I made (I use small rare earth magnets cyano-acrylated into the wood to keep things secure), but I want to store other lathe related goodies down below (bowl coring jigs, etc.).

Have you been using the storage long enough to say if it works well for you?

Kari Hultman said...

TJIC, I have used this box enough to know that I like it. One thing though--you don't want the box so tall that it's hard to see what's inside once the lid is removed. Also, because of their length, the sliding tills on mine make it difficult to get to the things in the middle of the three bins underneath them. If I had to do it again, I would have only two bins beneath the sliding tills.

I recently added another box that sits beneath the lathe storage box. There was about 7" clearance from the bottom of the lathe storage to the floor, so plenty of room for more storage.

Matilda Nelson said...

That lathe storage looks fantastic! You really did spend your time on making that one. I love how it looks, neat and simple. Good work!