I'm new to the forum and I'm looking for a place to purchase an extra long tool rest from. I currently have a 48" Jet lathe with a 16" swing and a bed extension that I use to make martial arts wooden dummies on. To see what I'm talking about you can visit my website at http://shaolinhouse.com
No plug intended with the web address, just looking for a way to show/explain what it is that I make. Basically they are five foot long poles with a nine inch diameter and they have arms and a leg once completed. The problem that I'm having is that I can't turn the entire piece without having to constantly move my tool rest up and down the body. It would be a lot easier and quicker if I could make each pass down the entire length of the body. I've been desperately looking for a company that sells either a tool rest or some sort of rail that can run the length of my lathe. I would even have one custom made if I had a set of drawings to go off of. Does anyone know where I might locate such an item or a set of DIY plans? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sept. issue of American Woodworker magazine shows you how to make a 36 inch steady rest, pretty straight forward.
For me, Jet lathe, you will need 2 ea banjo fittings, 2 ea 5/8 bolts, (lenght to be determine), nuts and washers for 5/8 bolts. 1 inch square tubing(36 inches long), 1/2 inch steel rod (36 inches long).
Step 1. Square tubing, drill 2 ea holes at both ends to accommodate the 5/8 bolts nuts and washers. To be fitted in the banjo fitting diameter 5/8in. (.625)
Step 2. drill app. 6 holes (evenly divided) lenght of 1/2 rod (use pilot holes 1/8 dia), then locate rod inboard edge of square tubing. Need to transfer 1/8 holes to 1in. square tubing.
Step 3. Square tubing, will need to drill 6 holes #21 drill size. Now tap all 6 holes, final thread size 8/32. install c/s screws, make flush, fill + with epoxy.
Step 4. Determine the height of the steady rest, to the top of the banjo fitting, add min. of 3 inches that will go inside the banjo fitting. Cut the bolts to lenght. Ron Marietta Ga.