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Karda

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05-01-2021 04:08 PM

Hi, I need a curved tool rest but am not sure if this will work for me. I won’t ever hollow deeper than 5”. could I use a 7” or do I need 9”


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#1 posted 05-01-2021 05:07 PM

Making bowls is fun and making larger bowls is even more fun.
Looking at that rest, even though it says 8 inchs the post is a couple of inches in from the end. I would guess the largest reach inside of the bowl is 5 or 6 inches. I say go for it.

Another alternative is this one from Rockler.
https://www.rockler.com/rockler-bowl-turners-tool-rest
Its a little more versatile and has a couple of different curves (arcs). I think it has a narrower profile too so you can get it further into bowls and vessels without the bottom of the rest rubbing on the rim of the bowl.
Its $49.00 but Rockler has a 10% coupon/discount and free shipping on orders over $39 right now so its about $10 more than the EZ Glide but like getting two different rests.
Box rests are also great.

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#2 posted 05-01-2021 05:45 PM

that is more versatile but is it hardened

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#3 posted 05-01-2021 05:59 PM

Is the post size correct? I don’t know what lathe you have. My PM 90 uses an 1 1/8 post, so I buy rests without posts and make my own posts to fit . Plus if you get the rest with removable post, you use it if your next machine needs a larger post.

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#4 posted 05-01-2021 06:04 PM

my post is 5/8ths there will be no next lathe for me

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#5 posted 05-01-2021 07:57 PM

Famous last words…...

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#6 posted 05-01-2021 08:42 PM

The best tool rests, in my opinion, are those produced by either Robust or Advanced Lathe Tools.

Yes, they are more $$$, but they aren’t junk and are backed up by manufacturers who are also real wood turners.

-- 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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#7 posted 05-01-2021 09:02 PM

what do you think of this rest

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#8 posted 05-02-2021 12:54 AM

I have made several bowls without a curved tool rest. Just angle the tool rest inside the bowl and go for it. I made bowls larger than twelve inches and smaller than four inches.

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Karda

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#9 posted 05-02-2021 05:04 AM

angling the tool rest don’t always work

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#10 posted 05-02-2021 05:45 AM

I actually have this very tool rest. Honestly I’m not a fan, I have several different tool rests and this one is probably my least favorite. I like having a wider tool rest and this one is super thin. Off hand I’m not sure the thickness but I would guess it’s not than 3/8 thick. For me this is to thin because it means I have to use the tool rest further away from wood which causes more vibration. If I put it to close the piece my chisel just slips off and the part the tool actually sits on is round so it doesn’t provide a lot of support for the tool. If you plan to use it for hollowing I would get something with more “beef” that could better support your tool.

Bradley

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#11 posted 05-02-2021 05:57 AM

what would you recommend, I have a 5/8th post. I have never hollowed deeper than 4” can’t see my self going deeper than 5”

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#12 posted 05-02-2021 03:38 PM



what do you think of this rest

- Karda


On that same web page (lower down) is a curved head that threads onto the post which makes it reversible and the post also accepts other shaped heads. I have one and use it frequently.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#13 posted 05-02-2021 04:09 PM

thanks les that is an option and not that much more than my idea

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#14 posted 05-02-2021 11:13 PM

Here’s one that’s cast and has a replaceable post in case you want to switch lathes in the future: https://www.grizzly.com/products/shop-fox-15-1-8-s-bowl-rest-for-wood-lathes/d4804
I’m not a big bowl turner, but I have used it before and it worked for what I had to do.

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#15 posted 05-03-2021 01:34 PM

While I agree Robust and Adv Lathe Tools make the best rests, I dont think they are needed for mini/midi lathes, especially if $ is tight. I had a set of rests that I think were ez glide, but the same regardless. I had a full size lathe and used a steel tube to expand the post to 1”. I think there was an “S”, a “J”, and 2x straight of different lengths, not positive. But, they had hardened top rods – I wont have a rest that does not (except a flat box making rest).

The “J” shaped rest actually worked the best overall for various bowl shapes and sizes IMO. The curved “S” style can be useless on many bowl sizes.

I sold those with the lathe when I got a new larger lathe. I have 5 Robust rests, 3 straight and the ID and OD bowl rests. For smaller bowls, less then ~8-9”, I use a straight rest. May have to reposition it during finish cuts to get the right support but its not a big deal. A larger gouge can help also. I use a 5/8” shaft on just about any size bowl so hanging off the rest a bit is not an issue.

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