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Forum topic by Rick Bailey posted 12-31-2014 02:41 AM 1083 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Bailey

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12-31-2014 02:41 AM

I would like to get a more easy on the hands tool rest for my grizzly lathe.

It has a 3/4 post and I find most rest are 1’’ post.

My banjo needs a 1 1/2 ways, and I can’t find one of them to replace mine to make a 1’’ post work.

Any help would be great.

Thanks,
Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.


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TheDane

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 02:23 PM

You don’t need to replace your banjo.

Best Wood Tools ( http://bestwoodtools.com/ ) makes a modular tool rest system that can be used with just about any banjo / post. If they don’t have what you want, Victor can make it for you. I have their 3/4” tubular steel rests with 5/8” posts.

-- 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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Nubsnstubs

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 02:29 PM

Rick, get a banjo with the 1” post hole. Remove the part that locks the banjo to your ways. Take it to someone who is a machinist, and have them make a part to the dimensions of the part from your current banjo.
I had to do that once. It’s pretty simple. Usually it’s a round hat looking piece with one hole, or a short length of steel with the same profile, with 2 holes for a U bolt….......... .Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 10:18 PM

Think Gerry gave you least expensive and best solution! They have tool rest post for several Grizzly lathes at that site.

You might also look into taking your tool rest base into a local machine shop to see if can drill out the hole that holds tool rest post to 1”. I have had better luck with the two small machine/welding shops in my area for work on my lathes.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 11:02 PM

FWIW … one reason I bought the Bet Wood Tools system is it is portable.

I am anticipating buying a bigger lathe in the future, and I will be able to use the 3 tool rests I already have on a lathe with a bigger banjo.

All I will need to do is buy the correct diameter post for the new lathe’s banjo, screw the tool rests on and I will be good to go.

-- 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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Rick Bailey

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#5 posted 01-01-2015 02:28 AM

Great advice guys.
The rest I have is not the best quality, kind of hard on the hands after about an hour.

Gerry, I checked out bestwoods web site I like what they have to offer and I will look into upgrading to one of those
nice round rest.

Jerry, I will keep that in mind if I run into a wall of what I want to do.;<)

Bill, if I have it bored out will that make it a little week at the edge of the hole?

Thanks for being here for me, I got a lot to learn.

Happy New Year Guys,

Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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Wildwood

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#6 posted 01-01-2015 02:28 PM

Rick, Gerry’s link probably the best option.

Questing of drilling out a Grizzly tool rest base has come up few times on different message boards. Lack of strength after that procedure always been an issue never resolved. Some one posted same question here last year.

In the hands of right welder perhaps cutting, drilling, welding a new coupling tapped and threaded for locking down tool rest post might be possible. Do not know because do not know Grizzly lathe model number or qualified to do that kind of work.

Bottom line will never know unless ask some on qualified to look at the item and work require whether it is feasible or worth the time & expense!

At one time people went to Delta parts and bought complete tool rest base assembly but no longer an option. You could scour E-Bay for an old Delta lathe tool rest base and take your chances. Same is true for OWM.

Good luck!

-- Bill

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