Tuesday, May 28, 2019

How to make a DIY woodturning tool rack

Tools and materials I propose:

I have made another turning tool rack in the past but over the years I have accumulated many more tools. So it was time to make a new rack to fit them all.

I made this new rack, using entirely reclaimed free lumber I had in the shop. 

First of all I cut some boards to size, using my circular saw and a speed square. I then cleaned their edges using a hand plane. 

I glued the boards to make a panel. I used dowels to keep the boards from moving around while glue up. I first drilled the holes and then used the center pins to locate the locations of the matching holes.

I didn’t have so long clamps, so I I used band clamps to glue the panel. 

Next I planed the board perpendicular to the grain to remove material fast. I then planed parallel to the grain to smooth the panel. But this pine had to many knots. This caused a lot of tear out throughout the planing process. So I moved on to sanding. I also filled the gaps using a mixture of epoxy and sawdust.

I then used my circular saw and a guide rail to trim my panel to size. 

On the bottom of my rack, I glued and screwed two boards in order to make a shelve. I predrilled pilot holes, counter sunked them and then added the screws. 

I then created tools rests for all my turning gouges. I had to make individual rests for each one. This is because turning tools are really different with each other. Some are smaller, some longer and they also vary in shapes. To make the rests, I used the bandsaw, my belt sander, my rotary tool and forstner bits. I glued and nailed these rests in place. 

I then created a smaller shelve for some chisel type tools. I glued this on the board with dowels. 

For the tool rest I created earlier, I also made a small front bar to keep the tools from falling forward. I used the belt sander to round over the bars so they work nicely.

To prevent the long gouges from moving left or right, I used the bandsaw to create some blocks. The blocks are square pieces with a triangular cut out piece. I secured them in place with a couple of nails. 

Next I made a small shelve for my thread chasers and the knife parting tool. I glued and screwed it in place. 

The rest of the tools were pretty easy to hang using hangers and nails. 

Then I used my table saw to cut two support pieces for the back. I then glued and screwed them in place. 

Finally I secured the tool board on my wall Using two upat and two screws.

At this point the project was done.

Having your tools nicely organized, saves you time and effort. So for me this tool board was worth the trouble.

Anyway, I hope you liked this one, because that was it.

See you soon with a new project video. 

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