The tool rest evolves.... and World Series Prediction

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 10-26-2009 03:18 PM 7037 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the new lathe comes the need for a new tool rest. The Nova has a heavy duty angled tool rest vs the Jet mini lathe round tool bar. The upside down angle iron did sit flat on the Nova tool rest and it was shaking a lot. Simple solution, I attached a hose clamp to the angle iron and tool rest and it worked great. The other improvement was to fit the wood banjo directly to the ways. The set up takes 2-3 miuntes to attach but makes the 40 minutes of turning very easy from there.

The next problem was moving the lathe tools across the tool rest. The action was not smooth. Another quick fix was needed. Took a mill file, filed the top of the angle iron smooth for a minute, waxed it with Johnsons paste wax and BAM, now the tools slide across the rest like butter.

I’m starting to get the hang of the bats now. With a full size Louisville Slugger to use as a template, the bats are looking better each time.

By the way, these blanks are from Nice Ash billets for very reasonable prices.

Now that the World Series is on and my nephews I’m building these for are either in New York or Philadelphia, it shouild be easy to get some decals to decorate them. The Yankee nephews with get ALCS decals and the Phillies nephews will get the World Series Championship decals. Can you guess who I want to win the series?

Any other predictions?

Bob A Oct 26th 2009

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 10-26-2009 05:10 PM

nice if the tool isn’t what you need change it to fit.

-- gagewestern

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 07:14 PM

May I ask you one question : do you clamp/bolt the wooden “banjo” on the right to your lather bed. I would think that without clamping, the tool rest (i.e the angle iron in this case) will move when you start to cut close to the wooden banjo side.

Thanks for sharing

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 08:32 PM


Yes, I was able to obtain the metal bracket for the ways, so I’m able to move the banjo closer when I need to.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 10-26-2009 10:09 PM

Hi Bob nice solution to a problem. to improve the tool rest try or have a friend weld a shock absorber shaft on to the angle ironin your case probably 2 or3 these shafts are case hardened and you reduce the amont of ding a tool rest gets and it is easier on your hand and finger i think you know mean. Kind Regards Roger SA

PS In South Africa it is par for the course for us to always look for a home made solution as the Rand is pretty poor to the Dollar, Pound and Euro.

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#6 posted 10-27-2009 01:45 AM

Now that is ingenuity!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 10-27-2009 08:35 AM

From the title, I was worried you would getting flamed for a poor World Series prediction. Luckily you made the right choice. Who could argue with a Phillies’ repeat?! :-)

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think.

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#8 posted 10-27-2009 03:36 PM

Good stuff, great bat.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-29-2009 05:28 AM

This idea is officially stolen. Thanks for the post, that’s going to look real good on my lathe, someday. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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