have always been one to tinker around to find a way to make things easier
and more efficient in my work. Since I carve so many sticks a year I find
myself spending a lot of time at my stick carving bench. I began looking at
ways to lay out my tools so that they would be in easy reach for me and
thereby speed up the total carving process.
My mother had this old "lazy susan" that she was going to put out at a yard
sale, that is, until I spied it and a little light bulb went off in my head.
First I cut a piece 3/4 inch plywood in a 12 inch octagon shape for the top.
I then cut four 2" X 5 1/4" pieces and four 2" X 3 1/4" pieces of 1/4 inch
plywood. In the smaller pieces of 1/4 inch plywood I drilled two 1" diameter
holes, in the larger pieces I drilled three. I then attached these pieces of
1/4 inch plywood to the top with 1inch drywall screws, alternating the
larger and smaller pieces, being careful to make sure the holes weren't
obstructed by the top plate.
I glued the top plate I just made to the top of the lazy susan. To complete
the tool holder I cut and glued rubber shelf liner to the space in between
the drilled out tool mounts so that I could lay some extra tools on it
without marring the edges of the tools.
I now have a very handy revolving tool holder that I can easily reach. I
probably have a grand total of $5 in the whole thing, and that includes the
$1 I paid to my mom for the original lazy susan. I have been using this
tool holder for many years and it has more than paid for itself.