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Forum topic by csifishguy posted 11-23-2015 01:48 AM 590 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2015 01:48 AM

I have been turning pens on my ridgid lathe and the tool rest is far away from the pen is there another way to help this? A different tool rest or something else

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 04:34 AM

Really need more info to be able to help.

Which Ridgid Lathe?
What is holding the tool rest too far from teh pen?
Is the tool rest itself too long, and the headstock and/or tailstock holding it too far from the work?
Does the banjo not go close enough to the spindle center?

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 12:31 PM

Can’t you loosen the banjo and slide it closer?

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 12:46 PM

Sorry guys it a 1200, I guess its the banjo you cant move it very close to the pen, its about 5” from it and I was wondering if they make a rest that will go in closer, now yes I can turn my rest but then it only gives me about an inch that’s actually close to the pen

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 01:07 PM

Maybe an offset toolrest? Here’s one I made … mine is “S” shaped, but you could probably find one that is “L” shaped

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 01:20 PM

Does your lathe look like this?

The tightening lever in the red is what you need to open to slide the tool rest closer to the spindle center. Sorry if you knew that already. I got this picture from the manual for your lathe, seen here:

You should definitely not be turning with your tool rest 5 inches away from the work. That is quite unsafe I think and can’t be good for your work. If you’re still unsure, please post some pictures of your setup and we can help you. Best of luck!

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 07:10 PM

Yeah the banjo doesn’t just go in and out, it swings left and right. You’ll notice as you swing that it moves closer to the workpiece.


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#7 posted 11-23-2015 07:20 PM

Well, until the OP clarifies.. it’s all just a guess :) However, on small stuff, like pens, it is entirely possible to have the headstock/tailstock prevent the tool rest from being pushed close enough to the work piece. In that event, an offset tool rest like Joe showed, or a smaller tool rest is the solution.


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#8 posted 11-23-2015 07:41 PM

If the problem is that the tool rest is too long to fit between the head/tail stocks and turning pens is all you do on your lathe, you could take a grinder to it and cut it down to fit.

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#9 posted 11-23-2015 10:21 PM

I had the same problem with my Delta Midi. Tool rest was too long and hit the headstock and tailstock. Get, or make, a 3”- 4” tool rest and that should get you closer to the pen. I made one out of a 1” diameter, grade 8 bolt I picked up a Tractor Supply. IIRC my tool post is 5/8” and I got a 5/8” bolt, cut it off and mounted it onto the 1” bolt. Works good.

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