Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Curved tool rests

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    North Carolina Foothills

    Curved tool rests

    Any thoughts on curved tool rests

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    I use them all the time on bowls and hollow forms. Just makes it easier and you can get it closer to the piece you are turning which in turn gives you more stable tool control. I have the Oneway internal and external curved rests and love them. I had my local welder make me two for my Rikon midi for $12 each.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    I just got the Oneway internal and external tool rests, special delivery to Japan yet

    I've been laid up with a bum leg, so I've not tried them out, but they look very well built, which is to be expected from Oneway.

    << Linky pics

    I've been struggling with straight rests, especially on the inside of some of my bowls, I'm sure there are lots of guys out there that can make that final cut on the inside smooth as silk, but I'm not there yet, with the straight rest. Getting the really consistent cut is something that takes a lot of practice, everything has to move in concert, with a straight rest, you also have to adjust for the changing difference in the distance from the tip of the tool cutting the wood to the support on the tool rest, it changes as you move down the rest on the straight tool rest, on a curved rest, you have much less of a change as you move down the rest, this eliminates one more variable from the equation, making is easier to get a nice consistent cut. Or at least that is my take on it.

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Tokiwadai, Japan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    I've got a set of three adjustable curved rests (the second item on this page). The curves are useful, especially for final light scraper cleanup work. (If I'm roughing out a bowl, I'll use the straight cast iron rest that came with my lathe.) I do notice a bit of vibration in the adjustable ones if I try to extend the rest too far or work too close to the cantilevered end. The vibration is from the bar flexing, not the adjustable joint. I think any similar round bar that long - straight or curved - is going to have some flex. (I guess it forces me to keep the cuts light, as they should be at that point.) I think the rectangular bar on the Oneway is a better idea, and although the radius isn't changeable, there's more usable space on the rest itself since there's no adjusting part in the middle.

    I've also got the cast iron curved bowl rest from Powermatic, but so far I've not found many things it made easier. It just hasn't been comfortable for me to use. The curves don't seem to fit any of the shapes I've made.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Remlik, Virginia
    Because of poor quality control issues I rarely suggest Delta but their curved tool rest (bought at least 6 years ago) has served me well. I am able to move it so I can always be close to the work. I have several other curved rests but usually go for the Delta.

Similar Threads

  1. Lathe Tool Rests need some help here
    By Rob Keeble in forum Turning Tool Questions and Show & Tell
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 05-09-2016, 08:25 AM
  2. S curved Tool Rest
    By Dan Mosley in forum Turning Tool Questions and Show & Tell
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-17-2010, 08:59 PM
  3. Curved-Lid Tool Box
    By Gayl Beals in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-06-2008, 01:26 AM
  4. New Curved Tool Rests
    By Vaughn McMillan in forum Turning Tool Questions and Show & Tell
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-28-2008, 02:54 PM
  5. New Tool Rests (Gloat)
    By Steve Schlumpf in forum Turning Tool Questions and Show & Tell
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-12-2007, 02:51 PM


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts