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    Free Standing/Outboard Tool Rest

    I'm looking for pictures of various tool rests that are either free standing or mounted on the end of the lathe. Anyone, anything. I'm simply looking for ideas right now.
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    Doug, Bill Grumbine had a really well made outboard tool rest on his old Poolewood lathe, I'll see if I can dig up some pics.....

    If it is free standing, it still needs to be tied to the lathe in some way.

    Cheers!
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    Check out this page, you can see the outboard rest in the pics......

    http://www.wonderfulwood.com/articles/bowlcoring.html

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    Doug,
    Check out this thread it looks like stuff you can get from a Borg & also looks pretty cheap to make.
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ad.php?t=13809

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    Thanks guys. I have those in my stack of stuff. I continue to look for others. There was one I saw a few years ago and cannot find. I keep hoping that someone offers it up as a suggestion. However, I'm seeing more on the net that look good and might be a bit better than what I had in mind. So keep those pics coming. They are all helping with the design process.
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    Is this all of 'em ya'll know about? I would have thought that there would be dozens of ideas out there.
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    AAW Site

    There are some on the forum at the AAW website. You'll have to search for them since I don't have links handy. Vicmarc is supposed to make a good one that attaches to the lathe. I have seen pictures and it looks good to me. I have also seen home made ones that attach to the lathe that look fairly easy to make. As Stu said, I would not use one that did not anchor to the lathe. Jet/Powermatic make a freestanding rest, but I would be hesitant to use it.
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    I get the feeling that just talking about an unattached outboard tool rest is almost heretical but I'll jump in with an idea enneyhow.
    On my list of 'to do' projects is an outboard stand, mebbe like this:
    I will have welded to a steel plate a joist screw jack. On top would be a plate, or arm, to accept the actual rest. The jack would be welded to near the front edge of the plate. The rest of the plate is what I would stand on. Seems to me (here is where the dissenters will come in) the operators weight on the plate would stabilize the unit plenty enough for good turning.
    OK, fire back. Wats wrong with this idea?

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    Mine is pretty simple but seems to work fine.
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    I happened upon this David Marks video, and he's using different approach that I've not seen before. (It's at 8:15 in the video...right at the end.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QUNTpYq3Ys
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