After struggling to find a safe and convenient place to set my turning tools while working at the lathe, I designed sliding tray.

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After struggling to find a safe and convenient place to set my turning tools while working at the lathe, I designed sliding tray. It puts the tools within easy reach no matter if there's a small bowl blank or long spindle on the lathe.

To build it, bolt a wood extension to the lathe's tail end. Mount full-extension drawer slides to the extension and a wood tray. Size the parts so the tray slides clear of the lathe bed. Position the slides so the tray glides about 14 " above the bed.
—Jeff Baenen, Kenosha, Wis.