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lumberjoe

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389 days ago

I got a new lathe by accident tonight. However it only came with a 12” toolrest. I need a 6”. The lathe has a 1” post and I am having a tough time finding a small toolrest. I know PSI sells adapters, but I’d rather not go that route if I don’t have to.

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woodworker59

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#1 posted 389 days ago

Don’t know if it will help, but I have gotten some parts for my lathe through Woodcraft.. they have a fair selection of parts. Is it a 1” diam post or is it one of the many morse tapers that are out there.. also may want to take a look at Ebay, there are lots of lathe parts and accessories on there.. Papa

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lumberjoe

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#2 posted 389 days ago

I stopped there earlier. Everything under 9” had a 5/8 post. They have some weird looking thing on their website that I can’t figure out what it is.

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 389 days ago

Can’t help you with an answer to your real question, but I’m curious how you got a lathe by accident? Did someone put a lathe in your cart at Woodcraft or Rockler while you weren’t looking? Just kidding.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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RogerInColorado

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#4 posted 389 days ago

If you can find one of any length with a 1” post, get it and just cut off what you don’t need with a hacksaw.

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ihmserv

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#5 posted 389 days ago

go to robust tools they have the best toolrests around, replaced both of the rests that came with my mini.
and have had the ones on my Powermatic for 3 years now.

http://www.turnrobust.com/Robust_Tool_Rests.html

IAN

-- woodturners keep things spinning.

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Bill7255

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#6 posted 389 days ago

I see them all the time show up on ebay. I believe most Delta’s use the 1 inch and the powermatic’s use the 1 1/8.

-- Bill R

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jap

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#7 posted 388 days ago

You can cut 3” off both ends of you 12” toolrest, and you’ll end up with a 6” toolrest!

-- Joel

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Garwood

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#8 posted 388 days ago

Check out Craft Supply in Utah. I have a 4 & 6 inch w/1” posts I purchased from them. They are a good outfit.

-- Gary

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 388 days ago

Thanks guys. I’ll check out the robust. I’d rather not chop down my tool rest, but that isn’t a bad idea either.

I had the small Harbor Freight lathe (the 10×18 one). My belt was getting really frayed so I called up the service department to get another. I bought the extended warranty, so the guy told me to simply get another lathe! I brought it into the store to exchange it half expecting a hassle, but I had a claim number. There was no hassle at all. The manager said they don’t have any in stock and won’t be getting any for 2 weeks. Rather than have me wait, she took that one back and gave me the 12” x 36” 3/4hp lathe instead. I got a lathe upgrade because a $5 wear item was going bad on my current one.

After setting it up and turning with it, I’m not sure I’d buy a mini lathe again. The extra 100lbs is really noticeable in dampening vibration. I made a plywood shelf for the steel stand and am going to throw a few hundred pounds of sand bags on that too.
I had to re-purpose my old lathe table (going to use it for the grinder and spindle sander) so I need another chisel storage solution now as well.

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Sodabowski

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#10 posted 388 days ago

Love that kind of accidents! I’d tell you to cut the extra length of the tool rest but that’s quite brutal ;)

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RetiredCoastie

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#11 posted 388 days ago

Why not buy cold rolled steel round stock that are the diameters and length you need from a metal supplier and have someone weld it up for you. In some cases it’s cheaper than buying a pre-made tool rest from a retailer.

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Kreegan

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#12 posted 388 days ago

I recently got the 9” comfort tool rest made by Robust at Woodcraft. I can’t say I’m all that happy with it. The hardened rod part is nice, but the shape of the rest itself is awkward and difficult to use for me. I much prefer the style of rest with the groove that your finger nestles into. With the Robust, there is only a bottom piece for your finger to rest against. At the very least, I’d suggest trying it out first.

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lumberjoe

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#13 posted 388 days ago

Rick, thanks for the super helpful advice. Being an executive director in a very large cutting edge IT company, search engines are definitely new to me :) I did search but the only thing I could readily find are the robust rests you linked to, and I don’t like the design of those.

Thomas, if I cut it I’ll take it down the street and do it on my buddies evolution.

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TheDane

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#14 posted 388 days ago

Robust tool rests are a little spendy, but they are worth every nickel you pay for them. Their ‘Comfort Rest’ comes with a 1” post.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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lumberjoe

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#15 posted 388 days ago

Rich, I agree and that is what I was alluding to in my last post (I didn’t see yours before posting it). The same goes with the round stock. I like the traditional style tool rest with the grooves as well as I do mostly spindle work. I can’t really find any of that style new anywhere (save for 5/8 post). Apparently they must have fallen out of favor

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