Homemade Mini Lathe Tool Holder

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Homemade Mini Lathe Tool Holder
Store the mini lathe tools in a chisel rack. (lathe image by Tomasz Plawski from Fotolia.com)

A mini lathe is one of the many tools woodworkers use. They are convenient because of their versatility and smaller design. Though mini lathes are commonly used to machine small metal pieces, they are often used to work on plastic and wood parts. It is important to store the mini lathe tools to preserve them. Because some of the tools have sharp cutting edges, it is important not to store them improperly to avoid potential hazards. You can build your own chisel rack to serve as a mini lathe tool holder by using materials found at most hardware stores.

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Things you need

  • Wood saw
  • Lumber
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Nails

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  1. 1

    Determine the size and length of the chisel rack desired. Cut three pieces of lumber to the desired length with the wood saw. Sand down any rough edges.

  2. 2

    Drill several 1/4-inch holes along the length of the first piece of wood. The holes should approximately 1 to 2 inches apart. Make sure to drill enough holes for the amount of mini lathe tools being stored.

  3. 3

    Apply a small amount of wood glue to the top edge of the second piece of wood. Place the wood perpendicular to the back edge of the first piece of wood to form the chisel rack.

  4. 4

    Apply additional glue to the bottom edge of the second piece of wood. Glue this piece to the back edge of the third piece of wood so the third piece is parallel to the first.

  5. 5

    Allow the wood glue to dry. Read the label to determine the glue's drying time. The drying time will vary with each wood glue brand.

  6. 6

    Set this chisel rack on a flat surface. Insert the wood lathe pieces into the various holes to store them.

Tips and warnings

  • You can drill holes into the second piece of wood and screw the chisel rack to a wall if desired.
  • If the lathe tools are bigger than 1/4-inch, make the holes in your chisel rack larger by using a bigger drill bit.

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