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05-23-2014 05:12 PM

In mid bowl shaping yesterday my tool rest decided to break on my craftsman lathe. Talk about getting my attention…well this goes on the tube style track and I noticed there isn’t any aftermarket rests out there for this or am I missing something? I am thinking of making this into a bowl lathe and want to engineer a sturdy rest that swings out and is adjustable. Anyone else have any ideas? I would post a pic but this site is so screwy with uploads to forums.


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#1 posted 05-23-2014 05:50 PM

Just click the “img” button and go for it.

When you say tool rest are you talking about the T bar (actual tool rest) or the banjo (the part that clamps to the lathe and holds the rest)? Either can be found on ebay by the scads. If it’s the actual tool rest then you can buy aftermarket, just look for one that matches your post size. They are usually 1/2”, 5/8”, 3/4”, 7/8” (weird Craftsman size), or 1”. A 3/4” post will work just fine in place of a 7/8”. They even come in curvy shapes for bowls.

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 06:11 PM

It is the actual banjo that holds the rest. It’s made of crappy pot metal so I’m gonna draw up something and take it to the machinist.

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#3 posted 05-23-2014 06:13 PM

happened to me several years back. 12” craftsman tool rest. sucks

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 07:17 PM

I agree Kurty!

Let’s see if this works

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 07:45 PM

That’s not technically the tool rest. On other lathes that would be the “banjo”. The tool rest is the “T” shaped part, where the tool actually rests. if I’m not mistaken the tool rest pivots on that base?

You could fab a new base out of some steel and pipe if you can weld or know a welder.

Otherwise it’s time to braze that cast iron or buy a new one.

Or… my ideal recommendation would be:

Buy a new or used lathe with standard Morse tapers and spindles, not to mention a real banjo…. Jet and Nova make some that are decent.

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 07:56 PM

Thanks UD…no since in putting a band-aid on a turd! I’m gonna devise a swing away rest with adjustable arms…since its going to be a bowl lathe then no need for the rest. Trying to get it mounted up right now and then draw something up. Trying to get some pics to start an engineering spark!

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 05:19 PM

I had one welded a few weeks back. Broke 15 minutes after I started using it. I made one out of 1” square tubing seems to be doing well. Good luck.

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 05:58 PM

I was thinking of something like this
http://www.winburn.com/BowlLathe.asp

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 07:34 PM

Just buy another or if you have some skill or know someone with skill get them to make it new.I would buy a used better stronger one (preferrably with a camlock on front )Alistair

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#10 posted 05-30-2014 07:49 PM

I got the fab skills but no welder. Just looking for something to bolt to the floor with high strength. I was also gonna get another headstock shaft made just like the link I posted. I can’t afford another lathe so may as well have one to my liking. My neighbor does alot of junking so he is looking out for a motor with more horses

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#11 posted 05-30-2014 08:10 PM

Used treadmills are a good source for cheap motors and they come with speed controls.

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#12 posted 05-30-2014 08:21 PM

Noted…thanks!

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#13 posted 05-30-2014 09:40 PM

You have to preheat cast iron to have a good chance of welding it back together.

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#14 posted 05-30-2014 10:15 PM

another motor thought is to go 3phz with a VFD. The VFD will give you a world of options. Variable speed, soft start, break abilities. The 3phz / VFD setup will make it like the high priced commercial lathes on the market. Also I like the setup.

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#15 posted 05-30-2014 10:23 PM

How much would a 3ph vfd cost?

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