After several years of feeling restricted and frustrated trying to do all my lathe work on a cheap pen lathe I broke down and bought a 7x14 mini-lathe for metal work. It came with sets of gears to adjust the feed for threading, a bunch of hex wrenches, and a set of inside and a set of outside grab jaws for the chuck. And of course the chuck wrench. I knew that it wouldn’t be long before they were a mess. Since I wanted to get used to designing for the laser, I made a storage box for everything. The gears are designed so they are all even with the same top plane to make them easier to pull out.
The design was done in SolidWorks. I used a 0.3 mm kerf (0.012 in) split 1/3-2/3 since the laser path seems to be slightly off center of the line. I desgined all the parts and checked fit and then imported the plan view of each part into a drawing, added the text on a separate layer, and exported to PDF. The logo was added in the GFUI using Add Artwork.
The parts were cut from Proofgrade medium maple plywood.
After weeding, everything looked good. The nice part was that all the joints snapped together with only a little encouragement with the deadblow hammer.
Everything fit well. I may choose to add a lid at a later date.
The numbers next to each gear set are the number of teeth on the gear for easy reference and the chuck jaws are numbered also. The holes for the hex wrenches are a tight enough fit that they can’t be confused and there is room for two deadcenters. I don’t know if my live center will fit. That and the tailstock chuck may need another stand.
Total time start to finish was about 8 hours in the design and about 35 minutes laser time.