Where can I get a 6" toolrest with a 1" post?

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03-27-2013 02:46 AM

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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#1 posted 03-27-2013 02:49 AM

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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#2 posted 03-27-2013 02:55 AM

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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#3 posted 03-27-2013 03:07 AM

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.

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 03:11 AM

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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#5 posted 03-27-2013 03:18 AM

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.


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#6 posted 03-27-2013 08:26 AM

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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#7 posted 03-27-2013 12:17 PM

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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#8 posted 03-27-2013 12:34 PM

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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#9 posted 03-27-2013 12:53 PM

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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#10 posted 03-27-2013 03:53 PM

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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#11 posted 03-27-2013 03:58 PM

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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#12 posted 03-27-2013 04:02 PM

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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#13 posted 03-27-2013 04:03 PM

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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#14 posted 03-27-2013 04:05 PM

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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#15 posted 03-27-2013 04:07 PM

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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