I have been re-organizing storage in my shop now that I retired and have the time to do this. This ER32 collet rack is a stainless-steel pepper roaster rack from Home Depot store. You can find it in the barbecue section. Sometime in August 2016 at HMT we saw another article about a ER32 collet rack made from one of these racks (see http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/collet-rack-49589 by hardtail69 ). I bought one of these on sale for $7 and planned to use it but never started the project until now. The pepper roaster hole sizes are 1.135” in diameter and a good fit for the ER32 collets.
On each side of the rack I added ¾” thick wooden triangular-shaped parts to elevate the rack for a better view. These are elevated 7” which is about as high as needed without the collets falling out (I know because the collets fell-out when elevated to 8”). Each collet has its own unique size labelled-identification (these were made with 1/8” wide labels from a P-touch Labeler). Adding the labels makes it easier to find and return the correct collet sizes because over time the factory-etched labels on the front of the collet can wear-off due to use. There is plenty of room for storing more metric-sized collets.
Thank you for looking.
Last edited by Paul Jones; 03-12-2019 at 02:16 PM.
Nice looking job Paul
I retired 11 months ago myself and I'm reorganizing as you are, got a couple cabinets to build yet but I'm getting there.
Great looking job
Paul Jones (03-12-2019)
Lately, most of my HMT postings have been the easy ones about tool storage rather than any specialized tools like the ones you make. It is so nice to now go into the shop when things are better organized and cleaner. Now my big challenge is isolating the very dusty wood shop area from the clean machine shop. I am considering using some form of clear PVC or vinyl strip-curtains to isolate the wood shop dust from the machine shop but still have easy access.
Very nice Paul but we should warn our talented community to be careful. Anybody considering this rack should read my post #6 in the original post by Hardtail. Hardtail’s post was more than 3 years ago. I bought my rack 2.5 years after his posting and by that time the hole diameters had changed considerably! Check carefully because the current item may not work as Hardtail had intended. Also, a great idea by Frans S was contributed in that OP.
Paul Jones (03-13-2019)
Thank you for the caution. I remember the discussion thread about the pepper rack hole diameters. I suspect the hole diameters have changed. I bought my stainless steel pepper rack about one week after Hardtail’s post but never built the ER32 rack until this week. The new rack dimensions from Home Depot probably have changed since 2016. The best approach is to bring an ER32 collet into the big box store and double check if the current pepper roaster hole dimensions will fit ER32 collet.
I like building my tool racks out of wood whenever possible (my preference is oak, mahogany, teak, or cherry) because the wood seems to protect the precision surfaces better than metal. Here are some old examples I published at HMT ( http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/w...4984#post19349 ). In the case of collet racks it is not necessary to create a special tapered hole. Just use two or three step hole diameters using Forstner bits to accommodate the collet tapers. Drill the largest top diameter first and then use the larger Forstner bit pilot hole to locate the next smaller diameter and work on down.
Thank you for the feedback.
Last edited by Paul Jones; 03-15-2019 at 08:02 AM. Reason: spelling error
Paul Jones (03-15-2019)
Does anyone have the current dimensions? My thought is that the trays could do duty for a number of things by the use of bushings. You would only need to have holes large enough for say ER’s of various sizes, R8, Morse Taper and other what have yous. That could turn storage solutions into making simple bushings of various sizes. Instead of fabricating a bunch of panels.
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