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How do the rest of you store your lathe tools? I am looking for ideas and inspiration. I don't have any more wall space available, so that is not an option. I currently have them on a shelf which rests on the bottom part of my lathe, but that gets to be cumbersome, and I wind up laying my tools on my table saw that is right behind me when I am in the middle of a project. I don't like that either, because it is too easy for them to roll off. Thinking of some kind of a turntable or rack mounted to the end of my lathe, but I also don't want to block the bed in case I want to take the tail stock off and slide something else up there. Rockler has a turntable that caught my eye, but it looks flimsy, and had some less than stellar reviews, but that is the basic direction I am leaning. Ideas and pictures would be greatly appreciated.
I built this large turntable and use it regularly. I will hold a cabinet, table top, dresser, large chair, bed, a bunch of smaller items, or whatever I need to finish. While it works with a brush or rag, it's really handy with a spray gun where you can finish one side quickly, then roll on the next, or to do remaining edges. It's a sheet of 3/4" CDX plywood cut in half, plus a couple of scraps. I use 1¼ " and 1½ " black pipe that nest in each other just right. When you're at the store, test to make sure yours do. They're attached with floor flanges. You can use two different lengths of the larger pipe, and one of the smaller to get different heights (depending on whether your work is tall (desk) or shallow (table top). It comes apart easily and stacks against the wall if you need the space for something else. The red ring is just a cap that the company uses to protect the threads during shipment. It provides some lubrication, but is not really necessary. Got this idea from Michael Dresdner.
Here is a great fixture for rotating a piece while you are finishing. Simply a ball-bearing lazy susan hardware on a scrap piece of plywood. Mine's well used. Prop your piece(s) up on one of the prior stand-offs and rotate as you stain or finish. Under side Top side