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post #1 of 6 Old 01-23-2011, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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making tool rests?

anyone got any ideas of making tool rests without a welder?
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If you had a torch set and some tie wire you could use that to weld the pieces together. Another option you have is renting a welder if you are set on making your own. Other than that it will probably be cheaper to buy one.

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-23-2011, 05:20 PM
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cut all your pieces yourself the length you want and take them to a buddy or a local welding shop and let them weld it
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-23-2011, 08:36 PM
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The only way I know how to make them without a welder is to thread them. If not done very precisely your tool rest will be tilted. I'd just find a friend who can weld and bribe him. Or you can do like I did and spend $160 on a welder from Harbour Freight and make your own. Let's see if you divide the 4 tool rests I made by $160, well I guess I could have bought them.
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Two resources:

Community college,find out what the eve. class schedual is and stop by,prof's are notoriously great guys and will probably weld it while you wait.And CC's are a great place to learn to weld.......an indespensible skill in the wood shop....and the farm...in the garage...ect,ect.

Next is see if you have a pro welding store local.Not box stores,a real honest to goodness,"we sell gas" welding joint.Stroll up in there and ask if theres a local retired welder who might teach you a few things.He'll not only weld it for you but probably show you how to do it......and will even bet he knows of some used welders you can get on the cheap!

There are alternatives to welding........but the effort and list of required tooling usually outweighs the above.BW
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Here are some non welded tool rests. However all parts a turned and threaded on metal lathes. The metal is a special low vibration steel and the brass insert is also a special metal that absorbs vibration. Vic gets his steel from a company that sells to NASA.
www.bestwoodtools.com
These are welded but they are the best tool rests on the market. Well worth paying the money for.
www.turnrobust.com
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