View Full Version : This long weekends project

11-26-2007, 12:06 AM
Getting tired of having all my lathe doohickeys scattered everywhere I decided to make a stand to hold everything. Heres what I have done so far:


The Base a friend gave me. I think it may have been from a grinder or something. Really heave cast iron. Had a ~3ft chunk of 3-1/2" 304 stainless pipe on it. Took it off and gave it to my dad and took a piece of 3-1/2 steel pipe from him. Made a receptacle on one end to accept 1-1/4 conduit. Then weld a x-mas tree of 3/4" steel pipe on the bottom piece to hold chucks and stuff.

Used Solidworks to throw together a design to hold all my 5C collets and MT2 stuff. Then dumped that into mastercam and made paths for the mill. Milled the collet racks out of some scrap 1/2" acrylic I had laying around. 13-1/2" dia total. The bottom one holds 39 collets. I think the top one holds about 30 plus a bunch of MT2 centers, chucks, etc. Still have a bit left so I will make one more mini shelf to hold wrenches and the like.

Still need to come up with a design to hold the KDK tool holders. That will go on top of everything else.

Oh, if anyone wants the Gcode just ask. you do need about 14.5 of Y to make it though.

11-26-2007, 12:31 AM
nice project! Looks like it really saves a lot of space instead of all that tooling spread out on a bench or shelf.

11-26-2007, 12:33 AM
macona...you've solved a common problem there! I like it. Right now I have all my stuff stacked on temporary shelves til I get the machine shop side of my shop ready. What a pain!

11-26-2007, 09:18 AM
Very nice. Using clear plastic instead of wood or aluminum gives it a clean look.

The tray revolve like lazy susan?

11-26-2007, 09:32 AM
sweet! i like how it came out, quite a space saver too!

11-27-2007, 05:27 PM
Used up the rest of the plastic last night to make one more mini shelf for screwdrivers, centers, keys, etc


Couple vids of my mill cutting out the parts: