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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 1735 days ago 2185 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Baseball bats are up next for Christmas presents. After realizing a 12” tool rest requires lots of lateral adjustments, I starting thinking how to “extend” the bar.
I bought a 36” long piece of angle iron, turned it corner side up and rested it on my 12” round tool rest. Then cut a 90 degree point on a piece of walnut scrap to support the other end. Then cut a dado in another piece to support the holder and to have a section to clamp onto the bench.

This helps make longer smoother tapers while minimizing adjustment time and maximizing turning time.

A simple holding fixture for the Louisville Slugger as a template is also very handy for this project.

Viola! Low cost and effective toolrest that saves a ton of time.

Bob Oct 11,2009

(With help from Troy and Jim)

-- Bob A in NJ





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stefang

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#1 posted 1735 days ago

Good idea, can you move it inward as the workpiece get smaller in diameter? This is not a subliminal criticism, as it seems to be working really well for you, I just wondered.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 1735 days ago

Now that’s using your noodle!! I like it!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Roper

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#3 posted 1735 days ago

i love that idea, there is nothing more frustrating then doing a spindle that is longer then your tool rest. i am also wondering if it is on a pivot of some kind so you can move it in as the handle gets smaller?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 1735 days ago

I was also wondering if it is adjustable in / out , up / down ? I haven’t done much turning , so I am wondering how you chose the height . Any info is most helpful . Thank you

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 1735 days ago

Stefang

Yes, I can adjust closer as the diameter gets smaller by moving the banjo.

Dusty,

Height is set at center line, can’t adjust this way but don’t need to.

-- Bob A in NJ

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Mike

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#6 posted 1735 days ago

Great idea.

-- Mike, VT

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cabinetmaster

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#7 posted 1735 days ago

Bob, what a great idea. I was thinking the other day that I need to get a longer tool rest myself. Your idea there may just work for me too when I am turning table legs and not having to reset the tool rest so often. A Big Thanks for this post.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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hairy

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#8 posted 1735 days ago

Good thinking, Bob!

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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rosewood

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#9 posted 1735 days ago

nice smart idea,

Rosewood,

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StevenAntonucci

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#10 posted 1735 days ago

Hey Bob-

Similar to what I did, but probably much faster to get done. I assume it’s stiff enough, but if not, you can probably make the same thing with a piece of black pipe.

-- Steven

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 1735 days ago

Hey Bob,

Looks like a great solution.

How’s the arm? Glad to see you’re in the shop.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 1735 days ago

Cool idea well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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brunob

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#13 posted 1735 days ago

I might try that. Moving the short tool rest is frustrating.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Dusty56

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#14 posted 1734 days ago

Thanks for the feedback : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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scottb

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#15 posted 1721 days ago

more proof that the simplest ideas are often the best.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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