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Forum topic by j1440 posted 01-09-2020 03:37 PM 821 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2020 03:37 PM

I plan on building a outboard tool rest. I don’t want to use set screws to hold the tool rest post because they may damage the post over time & use. Has anyone made or found a source for a devise to grip the post?
The one in my banjo is great but not something I can make at home.
At present I think I will attach the unit to the existing holes on the end of my Jet 1440 lathe bed as opposed to a floor mount. Thanks in advance for any ideas or photos you share.

-- Jim, Kingman, Az

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#1 posted 01-09-2020 03:56 PM

Years ago I built an outboard tool rest for my old Delta lathe using plumbing pipes from the hardware store. It rests on the ground. Works great!

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#2 posted 01-09-2020 04:21 PM

Can you just make an outboard rest that you can attach your banjo to? If/when I get around to building an outboard rest for my PM 90, that is my plan.

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#3 posted 01-21-2020 02:50 PM

I think its beyond the capabilities of diy. IMO the best approach is finding a banjo or outboard post that uses a clamp vs bolt and figuring out how to graft it onto your setup. Another option is a brass tipped bolt that wont indent the tool post.

Your choice to attach the outboard rest to the lathe is spot on. With out of balance pieces the tool rest will move in unison with the rest of the lathe, better maintaining cutting edge position to the CL and wood. With a stand a lone rest, the lathe and piece are orbiting around a CL, and the cutting edge changes position relative to the CL. It works but takes longer to balance the blank.

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#4 posted 01-21-2020 03:47 PM

Doesn’t the head pivot for outbound turning on that lathe? They have a tool rest extension that according to the JWL-1440VS manual that looks like it is included? You can see it in action at about 1:20 in this video. If you don’t have the extension, you can probably buy one.

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#5 posted 01-21-2020 03:54 PM

Pipe fitters use a three leg stand that has rings that look like washers on the post that wedge at an angle to hold the vertical pipe from slipping back down. Look up pipe supports from Ridge / Rigid tools or just welders pipe stands for pictures. That is in the future for my PM 90 also I have the outboard faceplate, now to make a stand. I just found a Toledo Tools stand for $50. It might be a place to start. The discs hold pretty well, the set screw handle is necessary because of the weight of the pipe.

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#6 posted 01-21-2020 07:12 PM

I have made a couple of these over the years.
you can make your own design to suit your needs.
the first one I made, it did not have the coupling at the base of the pipe
that goes into the concrete. which made it hard to store and interchange
different pipes for different applications.
with the coupling, the concrete tire can also be used for the outfeed of a table saw.

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 04:03 PM

Thanks, guys for the suggestions

-- Jim, Kingman, Az

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#8 posted 01-23-2020 11:20 PM

They probably don’t have an extension for your lathe bed. You can make one out of heavy angle iron.
This shows an extension in use (about 3:30 min); move your entire banjo to it and have all the adjustments you need.

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#9 posted 01-24-2020 12:25 AM

LOL. Who needs the tool rest, how about using a “chainsaw gouge” before 3:30 in the video.

-- 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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