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Clamp Rack and Mobile Wood Turning Tool Cabinet


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I recently inherited a lot of tools from my grandfather and mentor who passed away in October. I made a clamp rack shown hanging on the wall to store all of my clamps and gave myself some room to add more later. The rack is of my own design, though I browsed the internet for inspiration and cherry-picked some design features that suited my needs. The shelves on the rack were an added storage bonus for things I use often (glue and Ryobi mini driver).

The clamp rack project inspired me to finally do something with the five trays full of small exotic wood turning scraps a friend of mine had given me a few years back. The trays had belonged to my friends grandfather who passed away a few years ago. When I received the trays I planned to not only use the wood scraps for small turning projects, but to also use the trays to create a storage cabinet and buffing/grinding station. Finally, several years later, I did just that. I was pretty pleased that the end product turned out almost exactly as I had sketched it several years ago. I now have a mobile storage cabinet that will hold my turning tools nearby while I am working on my lathe along with my grinder for sharpening my tools and buffer to polish the finished projects. I am looking forward to getting some projects done on the lathe. As my grandfather always said, the wood will tell you what it wants to be, and I am looking forward to seeing what some of my stockpile decides it wants to be.

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Clamp Rack and Mobile Wood Turning Tool Cabinet

by spsweigart
Jan 26, 2015

I recently inherited a lot of tools from my grandfather and mentor who passed away in October. I made a clamp rack shown hanging on the wall to store all of my clamps and gave myself some room to add more later. The rack is of my own design, though I browsed the internet for inspiration and cherry-picked some design features that suited my needs. The shelves on the rack were an added storage bonus for things I use often (glue and Ryobi mini driver). The clamp rack project inspired me to finally do something with the five trays full of small exotic wood turning scraps a friend of mine had given me a few years back. The trays had belonged to my friends grandfather who passed away a few years ago. When I received the trays I planned to not only use the wood scraps for small turning projects, but to also use the trays to create a storage cabinet and buffing/grinding station. Finally, several years later, I did just that. I was pretty pleased that the end product turned out almost exactly as I had sketched it several years ago. I now have a mobile storage cabinet that will hold my turning tools nearby while I am working on my lathe along with my grinder for sharpening my tools and buffer to polish the finished projects. I am looking forward to getting some projects done on the lathe. As my grandfather always said, the wood will tell you what it wants to be, and I am looking forward to seeing what some of my stockpile decides it wants to be.