Makeshift tool rest.

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Forum topic by Rick_M posted 08-17-2013 04:39 AM 1113 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2013 04:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe trick tool rest

Hardly worth posting but sometimes a simple solution works well. My only tool rest is 9” and too long for short turnings so I mounted a piece of plywood to a black pipe and flange that I normally use to hold a table for disc sanding and wouldn’t ya know, it works better than my normal tool rest. Keep in mind I’m using carbide tools so flat is good. Now I’m thinking of picking up a couple more flanges and mounting different lengths of scrap ipe to use all the time. Beats paying $40 a pop for steel tool rests.


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#1 posted 08-17-2013 08:27 AM


-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 03:50 AM

Rick, I have to say I have thought about making a tool rest out of pipe but never got there. Looks like you would get good stability with the flange. As long as it works, great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 04:35 PM

Great idea, will keep it in my to do file.

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#4 posted 08-18-2013 07:07 PM

Well it’s a vintage lathe, replacement tool rests in various sizes would cost more than it’s worth. If this were my ‘forever lathe’ then maybe it would be worth it but someday it’d be nice to upgrade and I don’t want to pour money into this one.


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