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    Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    I have gotten into the habit of saving anything for which I can possibly imagine a use in the future.This is partly because I see the waste, and partly because I can many times save money by repurposing.
    I had a toolblock rack that I made several years ago mounted on my lathe. I noticed that the steel dovetails were putting fine scratches in the blocks from the vibration when it was running.I also found a deal on 4 more blocks, and wanted to enlarge my storage rack to accommodate them when they show up.
    I decided that the new rack should have dovetails made from plastic so as to eliminate wear and minimize the vibration.I had intended making them out of delrin, or UHMW until I priced what I needed(almost $40 and that was for rems).
    I was walking through my woodshop, and noticed some remnants of the composite trim boards I had saved when I built the new deck 3 years ago.As luck would have it, they were already the right thickness and ripped to width. All I had to do was set the saw up at 30 degrees and cut to length.
    I angled the mount slightly so that any liquids would drain back into the catch pan, and to make it easier to slide the blocks on and off the dovetails.It works great!!

    Before I get flamed for having the rack on the back of the lathe where I have to reach over the workpiece, I always shut down before changing tooling.

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Nice.

    I have the same type quick change. I'll have to keep your idea in mind.
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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Kudos to you. I'm the same way, don't throw anything out.

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    My poor son and grandson feel sorry for them but o well. They will have to deal with my things.

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Nice job, I like the idea! My tool holds reside behind the lathe as well.
    12v battery, jumper cables, and a 6013.
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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    That's pretty slick. Mine sit on a small table behind me. I really need to build something similar.

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Thanks. I used to have them sitting on the top of the rolling toolbox that stores all my other lathe tooling.I found it awkward to have to turn around at every tool change, thus the rack on the back.

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Very clever

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Junkie, who makes your ball turning tool?
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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by teachagmech View Post
    Junkie, who makes your ball turning tool?
    You mean radius tool I think he made it. Looks like one in the home made tools thread from a couple years ago.

    Tool junkie , your ball turning tool is cool. Do you have more pics ?

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    i just took 500# of scrap to metal recycler , got enough for a steak dinner , Scrap $140 ton .
    gxbxc

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by Insaneride View Post
    You mean radius tool I think he made it. Looks like one in the home made tools thread from a couple years ago.

    Tool junkie , your ball turning tool is cool. Do you have more pics ?
    Yeah that is the one I put in the "Home made tools thread".

    I still have to make the attachments for it to let me cut smaller radii(concave & convex).Maybe I 'll have time over the winter.

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    Re: Why I don't throw anything away anymore.

    Good use of some otherwise scrap Trex.
    Nice radius tool!

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