Make PVC Tool Holders
I recently made a rack for my lathe tools using sections of PVC pipe.
To form the holders, I first used a chopsaw to cut several rings from 1-1⁄4-in.-dia. pipe. Then I cut through one side of each ring on the bandsaw. With a heat gun, I heated half of the PVC ring until it became soft and pliable, clamping the pliable half in my bench vise to straighten the back and make a J-shaped hook. I then drilled countersunk mounting holes in the straight portion of the hooks and fastened them in pairs to a board that mounts on the wall behind my lathe.
Next, one hook at a time, I heated the hook part of the PVC until it was soft and pliable. I then placed a lathe tool into the holder and, while wearing a leather glove, shaped the holder to fit the tool handle,…