|Project by USCJeff||posted 07-20-2009 01:55 AM||6378 views||42 times favorited||18 comments|
I took some ideas from several different designs for similar rests and found this one to be very simple, but very functional. If you are going to attempt one, there are a couple things that would improve upon what I did (didn’t have the materials on hand). Many designs have used sink cutouts for their weight and density. I also saw many designs use roller blade or skate boarding wheels vs. the casters I had on hand. I think the countertop and a wheel with a true bearing would reduce the run out somewhat, but I found mine to be pretty true and within my tolerance.
The materials are standard stuff. I used MDF (doubled up for the ring). Knobs and machine bolts make the adjustments. It’s held to the lathe by tightening the rear knob which secures it from underneath.
As you can see, I had to bore some large holes for the peppermill in the making. I’ve tried without it and have had mixed results. The rest eliminates wandering and keeps the bit on the same axis as the centered piece.
TIP: Chuck one end. Use the tail to center the other end. Then adjust the rest to keep it in place.
Second TIP: The piece of junk Harbor Freight Tool Set you cna see hanging is terrible. I just started turning and wanted a feel for what tools I’d actually use. I spent the time on the Work Sharp and they still performed terrible compared to a middle of the line Benjamin’s Best set I bought . Not a HF basher, the dust collector in one of the shots was a good buy. The Jacob’s chuck on my tailstock was less than $5 there. I’ve yet to find an issue with it, but steer clear of the turning tools (planes, chisels, carving, yeah I’ve made this mistake more than once, sucker for a “deal”).
-- Jeff, South Carolina