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    DIY Tool Rest

    I love my 9" Comfort Rest, it is REALLY nice



    but I often find it too large for some things, I'd love to get the 6" and the 4" but they cost a bit $53 and $49 respectively and shipping is not cheap as they are heavy, plus I'd live to have one like..... today

    I had some 1" round stock and I have some heavy flatbar so spark up the new TIG welder!

    I also had some 8mm drill rod that I welded on the top edge for smooth sliding.


    I'm still working on the TIG welding, as you can see, not so pretty, but I think for a tool rest it will hold.


    Yeah the welding is a bit rough, but I'll get better the more I do.
    I can crank that new TIG welder up to 250 Amps and really weld some thick stuff, here I was at about 200Amps and I had to move fast or melt stuff too much!


    That is all the welding done, now I just need to clean it up a bit.


    Cleaned up and ready for it's maiden voyage!

    I sure do love having my own tools etc on hand!
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    Nice and stout! Looks comfy too.
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    Ahh! I wish I had half your talent. Looks good from here.
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    Looks good, I always wanted to get that type for my lathe, but always find somewhere else for the money to go.
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    Sweet!! It looks like that will get the job done.

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    I have made a few as well.
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    I dunno Stu you're beads are still better than mine, and they look like they at least have good penetration so they ought to get the job done anyway. At least we all get some good grinding practice

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Quiram View Post
    I have made a few as well.
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    Just a couple apparently

    What are you using for the curved part?

    Appears you are epoxying the rub rail on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Quiram View Post
    I have made a few as well.
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    Nicely done Sir!

    Like Ryan said, what do you use for the bent part? I was thinking of some thick walled pipe that I could cut with my air plasma arc, but as I look at your tool rests and at the Robust rests, it does not look like a piece of pipe, more like a flat bar that was bent in a press?

    Cheers!
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    Stuart I have a couple Robust tool rest and I was looking at how they were made. It looks like the rod for the tool rest is spot welded then something like maybe JB Weld is used for the rest of the weld. They work great, I do a lot of bowls and like the curved one for the inside of bowls. Yours welds look fine to me, mine look like chicken poop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Belknap View Post
    Stuart I have a couple Robust tool rest and I was looking at how they were made. It looks like the rod for the tool rest is spot welded then something like maybe JB Weld is used for the rest of the weld. They work great, I do a lot of bowls and like the curved one for the inside of bowls. Yours welds look fine to me, mine look like chicken poop.

    Thanks Fred, but my welds still leave a lot to be desired, I'm sure they are strong enough for the application, but they are not great.

    Here is what great welding looks like....


    Welds by ZTFab
    His welds are often described as weld porn...... in the best possible way

    I decided that the rest I made was too flat, so I made another one.


    I only TIG welded the back side of the drill rod onto the rest this time, I might fill the gap on the front side with JB Weld, just for aesthetics.


    Here it is all sanded and ready to go.


    A grinder and paint make a welder what he ain't.....



    The first one is at a 45 degree angle the second is at 30 degrees, I think it's better at the higher angle.

    Cheers!
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