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Offline derekcohen

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Long Tool Rest for Turning Spindles
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:09 AM »
I have just completed a new tool rest for my Jet mini lathe. I have been using this lathe for tool handles and spindles for tables and chairs for about 10 years. A good friend of mine, Chris Vesper (toolmaker extraordinaire) made a longer tool rest (than the original) for me, but it is still too short, and too inconvenient, for long spindles ...



As you can see, I have the extension bed, and the Jet has been all I have needed for all these years. However, now I am more serious about turning spindles for chair legs ... and at this point those who get to this point all seem to build a longer tool rest.

I tried to find another banjo to pair with the Jet one, but there is simply nothing available used, and a new one is nearly as much as the lathe cost me! So I decided to build it all.



The fence is made of Jarrah, which is very hard and heavy, and is capped with a 5/8" mild steel tube.



The Jarrah rail is tapered, and the tube is set into a hollow ...



The banjos are also Jarrah, and adjustable for height and able to slide back-and-forth. The curve under the rail is not just for aesthetics, but also enables a hand to reach inside for adjustments ...





While I was at it, I took the time to reorganise my chisels for easier access ...



Regards from Perth

Derek

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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Long Tool Rest for Turning Spindles
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 12:59 PM »
Looks good but it would be better if the steel was harder. Rather than replacing with a long piece of hardened drill rod (or just a length of cold rolled solid rod) you could make a sliding saddle (of something hard) with a smooth notch for the cutting tool's shaft. The saddle could sit on the existing steel tube or the wood. And there are much fancier options up to and including motorized.

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Long Tool Rest for Turning Spindles
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 09:16 PM »
Michael, the dent resistance is my only concern. Time will tell (I am about to turn several long stool legs), but the tube is easy to replace.

Regards from Perth

Derek