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need recommendation for rests

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Jason Maxham, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Jason Maxham

    Jason Maxham

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    Asking here for advice and guidance before spending more money.

    I have been turning for a few weeks now and I want to do more :)

    I am thinking about getting a curved rest to finish a bowl I have started. I am using an older lathe that uses a 7/8" diameter post.

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    so far, I have found the following 2 posts that I think will work
    http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Mer...=112805&Category_Code=lathes-acc-toolrst-mtrs

    https://www.carbatec.com.au/modular-tool-rest-stem-7-8-rsb-l765-s22

    So one of those (maybe?) and then find a curved rest that will fit the post? right?
     
  2. Dwight R Rutherford

    Dwight R Rutherford

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    I’d contact Robust Tools and see if they can help. Steve Sinner is another source.
    The Carbatec link is located in Australia.
     
  3. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    Then turning world is divided on curved rests.

    1. If you use scrapers they are pretty much essential.

    2. If you work to become proficient with the gouge you won’t need or want one.

    It’s also fine to use one to make up for your gouge skills if you need too in the interim.

    What I like for hollowing larger bowls is the Robust J rest.
    This rest gives me more reach into the bowl and only has a right side so nothing to be in the way outside of the bowl.
    Also the J provide support if a scraper is needed in the bottom of the bowl.

    Check out the second video in the first post of this thread
    http://www.aawforum.org/community/index.php?threads/working-with-green-wood.11626/

    Hollowing is from 17:41-31:27 however the hollowing only works because of the trued rim, turn outside, and the trued tenon.

    It is the second part of demo when I return a dried bowl. I hollow using a straight tool rest.
    This is a small bowl 11” diameter so I don’t need the J rest.

    Also don’t try the advanced flute up cuts unless you get someone to coach you on it.
    It is and easy cut to do once you learn it but it is also sooo easy to get a catch.
    If you hold the tool tightly you will get a catch.

    Also @robo hippy makes an inside tool rest similar to the J rest shape. he may have one that would fit if you decide to go that route.
     
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  4. Mike Johnson

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    if you have access to a welder you could fabricate a tool rest any size and shape, a local weld shop could make one for you in an hour.
     
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  5. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    @Jason Maxham I just got a good look at the Robo Rest. It is and inside rest similar to the Robust J rest with a straight part and a short curved tip.
     
  6. odie

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    To my thinking, both curved and straight rests are essential.....but, it will all depend on what shapes you pursue.

    Keeping the rest close to the work means the fulcrum is enhanced to your favor.

    I tend to have a very light grip on my tools, which allows a more smooth transition over the work surface.....caution though.....must know what you can do with a tool.....and what you can't. :eek:

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  7. Perry Hilbert

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    A few weeks into the world of turning and already enticed into the theory that just one more tool will solve the mysteries of your turning world. The folks above are indeed correct, Don't get sucked into the just one more tool/accessory vortex. One turner at my club, who is a very proficient turner, has close to 300 tools. He has even made some to try. out of his own ideas, or from you tube videos showing tools not available on this continent. He keeps going back to the same few 3 or 4 tools.for 99.99999% of his turning. Of those tools, he buys the best replacements he can find when they wear down to nothing. So Beware the Vortex.
     
  8. odie

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    About that "vortex"......it does have it's advantages. I have many tools that are seldom used, so the vortex is most assuredly real! The advantage is to gain knowledge in what works for you......and, what doesn't. Then there are those times when you grab that dusty old tool from the drawer and use it in a way you hadn't thought of before......and it works! Matter of fact, this was just the case yesterday! That's another very real advantage in having all those tools handy for new uses where you probably wouldn't have spent the money to buy it now! :D

    -----odie-----
     
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  9. Dean Center

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    Sign on Cindy Drozda's booth at the Rocky Mountain Symposium:
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  10. Perry Hilbert

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    There are a very few turners that I have run into that have gone the opposite and can be described I suppose as "minimalists And use a bare minimum of tools. Saw one making small snow men at a demonstration. His only tool was a skew, even for rounding the square stock to round and parting off.
     
  11. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    I use different tool sets for Different Objects.
    These are tool lists I keep for a couple of demos I do.

    Tool list bowl demo, NE bowl demo
    ½” bowl gouge parabolic flute Ellsworth grind ( 5/8” bar)
    3/8” spindle gouge ( 3/8” bar)
    1 ¼ round nose scraper ( used rarely)
    Outside Calipers
    Spur drive
    Chuck with #2 dovetail jaws
    Reverse chuck block
    Oneway tailstock center


    Tool list seed jar demo ( split hollow form)
    ½” bowl gouge parabolic flute Ellsworth grind ( 5/8” bar)
    3/8” spindle gouge ( 3/8” bar)
    ¼” bowl gouge Michelson Grind ( 3/8” bar)
    Square nose scraper
    Pyramid tool.
    Outside calipers
    Dividers
    Chuck with #2 dovetail jaws
    Worm screw & spacer
    Rubber chuckle cup center
    Rubber chuckle tailstock center
    IOneway tailstock center


    Tool list Hollow Ball Christmas ornament demo
    SRG
    ½ spindle gouge
    3/8 spindle gouge
    ¼” round bar skew
    ½” skew
    Diamond Parting tool
    Thin kerf parting tool
    Hollowing tool
    Outside calipers
    Jacobs chuck
    3/4 Forster bit
    ½ brad point bit
    Chuck with #1 Oneway profile Jaw
    Chuck with #2 Oneway profile jaws
    Oneway tailstock center

    Tool list quick top demo
    1/2” spindle gouge
    Chuck with #2 Oneway profile jaws
     
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