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Lathe Tool Caddy

Ever set down your tool on the lathe bed only to have it roll off? I did, that is, until I put together a tool caddy to keep tools temporarily close at hand. The caddy fits over the bed and can be moved so as not to interfere with the work or tailstock. It’s designed using ¾" (20mm) plywood but any wood  can be used.

Originally, my caddy would hold four tools, but I soon realized that I could add other features.


Several holes in the middle hold drive centers. I added a magnet from a computer hard drive to hold small metal parts like Allen wrenches. A hole drilled in the edge holds a pencil. All those little parts that seem to end up in the shavings now have a place while I work. The size and shape can be adjusted to fit almost any lathe and the features are limited only by the turner’s imagination.

~ Ray Kallman, Virginia Beach, VA



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