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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 08-09-2009 11:45 PM 1322 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2009 11:45 PM

My mini lathe came with the standard 6” tool rest. I’ve added an extension bed am often working with pieces well over 6”. I sometimes and working in a tighter space than 6” as well. The obvious solution was to modify the 6” with a longer range, or to completely build a large tool rest to fit the stock hardware. I haven’t seen this done after a quick search here and elsewhere. While rests aren’t terribly expensive, Scrap stock is free. Anyone see a negative here? Surprised not to see a post of one with all the other mods posted numerous times. The base wouldn’t be touch to make with the right size dowel. The real question is if the rest would be sturdy and vibration free. I’m think a dense straight grained wood or some type of wood/iron combo. Let me know if you’ve made it work.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 12:05 AM

My old tool rest was getting pretty nicked up, & I’d grind it smooth, but it didn’t take long for it to

get beat up again. I bought one of these, & I really like it.

They also have other type they make.

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 12:14 AM

I took my tool rest to a welding shop, explained what I wanted- in this case a shorter rest and a couple of “S” shaped rests for inside and outside bowl turning. They measured the round post and welded up what I needed for a couple of bucks.

One draw back. My lathe used a 1” post and I had them make the horizontal part 1/2” diameter. This means you can’t get the horizontal portion ant closer than about 1/4” to the work or the vertical post will rub the turning. In hindsight, I should have had them weld the horizontal piece flush with the outside of the post instead of centered on the post.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 01:00 AM

I’ve seen a lot of tool rests that are home made, none out of wood. I don’t think any type of wood is that sturdy to take the abuse that a tool rest does. this site ( ) has a system where you purchase a tool post and a T-bar of what ever length you need and all you do is swap the T-bar out when you need a different size. A simple way to have multiple tool rests but still only really have one.

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