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#1 posted 04-03-2010 04:08 PM

Steve, Little Machine Shop sells a rest that bolts into the tool post of the mini lathe. I bought it and didn’t like it much, so I just built a really clumsy tool rest. I cut a straight piece of wood with a bolt through the middle threaded onto a piece of flat stock to catch on the underside of the ways. I then bolted a piece of wood on top of that with a slot and a wingnut, so the top board could move towards the work or away, and mounted the LMS toolpost to that with a screw to allow be to change the height of the rest. In all it is pretty clumsy, but I only use it to turn tool handles, and rarely use it, so I didn’t spend much time on it.

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