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Lazy Susan Tool Holder

I end up with tools lying horizontally after turning a few bowls. Trying to find the one that I want in all the shavings can be troublesome.


To solve the problem, I took an old stool with a broken seat and turned it into a Lazy Susan tool holder. I made a 2' (60 cm) square base from ⅝" (16 mm) plywood and put a frame around it so the little objects placed on it wouldn't fall off. I then drilled two rows of holes, sized from ½" to 1" (13 mm to 25 mm) in diameter, around the outer edge. I position the tool holder close to the lathe so it is out of the way, yet within easy reach. I can turn it if needed, and now no matter how many shavings pile up, I can still see the tool handles and grab the one I want.


A few tools had the same style handle, so I color-coded some with spray paint. I also put a paper towel holder on one corner.


In addition, I took a piece of plywood and created a 1"(13 mm) square grid of  ⅜" (10 mm) dowels sticking up about 1½" (38 mm) to set items on when I need a spray-finish table. I can turn the Lazy Susan as needed for achieving the perfect spray finish.

~ Dan Burleson

Troy, MO



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