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Forum topic by mike02719 posted 03-07-2019 11:44 PM 924 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2019 11:44 PM

My new lathe finally came in. I bought a Laguna 1836 back in January and it got here last week. UPS showed up with one person that was very helpful. He had a power tailgate on the truck and a hydraulic pallet jack with small wheels. He is not allowed to back his truck in my driveway, so he unloaded it in the street and pushed that bad boy up the driveway and into the garage. This in itself was lucky because it fell between two snowstorms, either of which would have negated movement of the pallet jack. This beast weighs in at over 500 lbs. It is the size of a coffin. Mounted on a wood pallet in a heavy cardboard box was a Styrofoam coffin about 6’ long by 2.5’. A good friend helped me assemble it. Assembly took about three hours and was very well described in the manual . Now I am left with a mountain of Styrofoam, a mess of plastic wrap, and a sore back. My question thus far is about the tool rest. A 12” is included, but I have seen on my first projects is I will need a 6” rest. Laguna doesn’t show one available that I can find. Does any LJ’s out there have experience getting a four or six inch tool rest with a one inch shaft that will work with the 1836? Is a source available to buy additional equipment for the 1836? I would appreciate any information out there.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 03-08-2019 12:04 AM

Congratulation. Now the fun begins.

Besides the diameter and with you also need to check for is the length of the shaft to make sure it fits you lathe.
There are some that sell modular shaft sets with a threaded end so you can mount a variety of heads, including various lengths, curves and S shaped for inside and outside curves. A curved one I use is threaded through and mounts from either side for both inside and outside curves. Nova makes a whole set.

Another good variety is at :

If you have a Wood Craft store near by they also carry an assortment.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-09-2019 06:48 PM

Do Laguna lathes use 1” or 25 mm diameter tool rest posts? There is a difference…

Robust, which sells tool rests to fit different lathes, mentions that “Grizzly, Laguna and similar imported lathes” take 25 mm tool rest posts, which are available by special order.


-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#3 posted 03-10-2019 01:44 PM

I suggest getting a robust toolrest. You simply pick those of the same length as your OEM Laguna rest (end of post to top of rest) with the same diameter post.

Eventually you may want different sizes and types.

I have the Best Tools rest system with a few different bars. The rest point is a little further back with these due to the big round bar. It’s still quite good quality and I like the offsets and box rest. But a 4 and 9” Robust are on my wishlist.

-- tel

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#4 posted 03-10-2019 04:24 PM

I cheaped out and got a Woodtek bowl tool rest from Woodworkers Supply and wish I hadn’t. It works ok but the finish is pretty crude. Another option I am considering for a shorter one for my 1836 are the Nova Modular tool rests. You buy a post that fits your banjo and the tops are interchangeable.

Not sure if this is a good price or not but it looks like the Nova tool rests are on sale at Woodworkers Supply now.

BTW, my Laguna tool rest is exactly 1”

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 03-10-2019 04:54 PM

“Toolrest Post Size: 1”

One thing the Robust Tool Rests gets right is the hardened top edge. Both the cast rest that came with the lathe, and also the mild steel rest that I made get dings in the surface easily, especially if you use a rectangular tool like a scraper. I have to periodically resurface the top edge, which I’d rather not do.

-- Barry,

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#6 posted 03-10-2019 05:57 PM

I highly recommend the Robust tool rests. Primarily because of the small hardened bar on top of each one, but they are are also heavy duty. They also work well ergonomically with room for your hand while holding the tool to the rest. Robo Hippy has some unique rests, I think they are all curved for bowl use, worth looking at. Tried the large dia type rests, dont like how they move the actual tool contact point out from the work. Cast iron rests, which your lathe probably has, arent worth a newbie using – you will constantly ding it up and have to file the top.

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#7 posted 03-10-2019 06:30 PM

I agree with those that mentioned the Robust tool rests. They are made in Barneveld Wisconsin and are heavy duty and built to last. They also come with a lifetime warranty. If anything goes wrong with them you can mail them back where they will either be repaired or replaced. Be sure to check to make sure you order the correct post length.

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#8 posted 03-10-2019 09:53 PM

The standard Laguna rest has a hardened bar on the top as well. It is a good rest. It is just a little large when turning something small.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 03-10-2019 11:01 PM

There are two tool rest manufacturers that (IMHO) are at the top of the heap …

Robust ... high quality, well-engineered, and backed by a terrific guarantee.

Advanced Lathe Tools ... another well-designed and engineered product.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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