Quick and Easy Tool Rests - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 Old 02-01-2011, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
OLD DUDE AT WORK
 
H. A. S.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: IN
Posts: 1,460
View H. A. S.'s Photo Album My Photos
Quick and Easy Tool Rests

Check out this guy's shopmade toolrests. Can it get any easier?:


http://owwm.org/viewtopic.php?p=110854#p110854

Harrison, at your service!

Last edited by H. A. S.; 03-05-2011 at 01:29 AM.
H. A. S. is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 02-01-2011, 08:10 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,021
View NCPaladin's Photo Album My Photos
He made some nice looking rests. I think I may try that.
I have seen rests made with the angle iron but never with wood inlay.
Maybe I will try to cut coves instead of the quarter round for the hand to slide against.
Thanks for posting that.
NCPaladin is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 02-01-2011, 09:34 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
I don't like the rounded over ones. I often use a tool at a lower angle and prefer to have at least a 45 degree down slope. I also tend to run my hand along the tool rest for spindle work and so tend to like the L shape by itself. He did a good job, they look very functional.
If you use one of these rests you'll buy them instead of make them. www.turnrobust.com These are fantastic tool rests. I seldom use my homemade versions anymore.
john lucas is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 Old 02-04-2011, 05:13 AM
Senior Member
 
RetiredLE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Eastern WA State
Posts: 308
View RetiredLE's Photo Album My Photos
This is an interesting thread.

I wonder if anyone has considered attaching (tack weld or braze) a V-8 engine style hardened pushrod to the top edge of a section of angle iron - thereby creating a very smooth (rounded) tool rest.



Attached is my crude artwork.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by RetiredLE; 02-04-2011 at 05:16 AM.
RetiredLE is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 02-04-2011, 08:53 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,021
View NCPaladin's Photo Album My Photos
I have seen the rod attached to the top (drill rod?). Woodcraft has one and of course Robust tools. I was thinking of making some with either 40 or 80 schedule pipe. Schedule 40 is .22" and schedule 80 is .30" in a 3-1/2 in pipe. The pipe would be split into quarters and that may be the hardest part. I did some checking prior and a 4, 8, and 12" rest would run about $35 per person for four people to have the three rest.
The way this guy did it would be easier (and cheaper) because of working with flat steel. I would try to drill a 3" hole through hardwood and rip it into quarters and epoxy onto the rest. This would give a cove for the hand to rub against. The flat would work but I just thought the curve to fit your hand might be more comfortable.
I suppose with a proper fence on a drill press a 4" length could be drilled at a time then any minor variations sanded out when section were applied to the rest. For me it would be tough to drill a 3" hole 12 inches deep.
Any more ideas?
NCPaladin is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 02-04-2011, 08:57 AM
HALL OF FAMER
 
Kenbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 8,206
View Kenbo's Photo Album My Photos
Those are really nice. I only have one tool rest and it is a large one. It quite often gets in my way while I'm trying to turn a smaller piece. I wish I had some smaller ones. This may be an idea for me.
Thanks.

There is a very fine line between a "hobby" and a "mental illness"
Kenbo is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 02-04-2011, 11:16 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1
View Turff49's Photo Album My Photos
I'll agree with John. The Robust tool rest are the best. I have several different ones made by different manufacturers and once I bought the Robust I haven't used any of them. The tool just glides across it.
Turff49 is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 02-05-2011, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
OLD DUDE AT WORK
 
H. A. S.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: IN
Posts: 1,460
View H. A. S.'s Photo Album My Photos
The Robust rests are more for the experienced turner. Definitely the better design. The rounded wood design may be better support for the beginner.

Harrison, at your service!
H. A. S. is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 02-05-2011, 05:59 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Posts: 3,257
View john lucas's Photo Album My Photos
I disagree. Support is support and the closer to the wood the better. When you have a convex shaped tool rest it is easy to tilt the tool and move the support further back from the edge.
john lucas is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 02-05-2011, 09:58 PM
Senior Member
 
sawdustfactory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Bend, WA
Posts: 4,801
View sawdustfactory's Photo Album My Photos
I agree about the Robust tool rests...better than any other I've tried. They are more expensive but IMHO are worth it. They are very smooth and very strong.
I really don't like the idea of the 1/4 round in the home made ones. There are many times that I have a finger resting against the hollow helping me keep the tool at the same depth down the length of a spindle. The rounded profile would not allow that.
sawdustfactory is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Quick and easy RAS dust box - midcent' dave Dust Collection 4 01-04-2012 08:26 PM
making tool rests? mike s Woodturning 5 01-24-2011 10:32 AM
Not as Easy as it Looks djg Woodturning 10 01-25-2010 03:49 PM
Easy to use 3d software cgh40 Design & Plans 3 11-22-2009 09:26 PM
Carve a rosette , quick and easy CharlesNeil General Woodworking Discussion 0 01-18-2009 12:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome