Treadle Lathe Build #5: Rebuilding the tool rest

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Blog entry by brianl posted 11-28-2011 06:50 AM 3848 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After I finished building the initial tool rest (according to St. Roy’s plans) I was not one hundred percent happy with it. It wasn’t very adjustable and was a pain when it did. So, I took a look at modern commercial tool rests and tried to come up with my own alternative.

When I looked at this, I saw a series of problems:
  1. It was hard to move and reposition.
  2. It lacked height adjustment.
  3. The tool rest wasn’t able to rotate (for work on hollow vessels).

So, I designed a tool rest that was adjustable on all fronts. The bottom flange has grooves that slide along the tracks. The bottom knob tightens the position of the rest base. The rest itself can be moved up and down and rotated by the knob on the front.

Ok, now onto getting this thing completed…

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 07:59 AM

Looking good! Very interested in Roy’s Treadle Lathe, this is great stuff. Thanks for posting!

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 03:56 PM

That’s pretty cool. The treadle lathe (as opposed to the springpole) is really growing on me.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 11-15-2012 12:55 AM

Did you finish? No turned project entries so did it turn out alright?

-- Rick M,

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