View Full Version : Lathe Chisel Support

08-13-2006, 02:10 PM
I use a 10” heavy South Bend lathe in my shop, primarily for metal and some plastic turning, as the need arises.
I am in the middle of a project that requires some slender wooden handles to be turned, with some decretive portions along the axis. I am currently using turning chisels designed for wood turning, and they work very well, except the tool support I am using is cobbled-up R. Goldberg and not very satisfactory.
Does anyone have a design for a nice turning tool support, for wood turning, with turning chisels on a metal lathe? If so please share.


Tin Falcon
08-13-2006, 02:41 PM
Why not find a piece if angle iron the right dimention to put your tool near center hieght then get or make a T nut to fit the slot on the lathe . Or just use a regular tooll in the tool holder and turn the cranks. I made a set of brass candle stick this way and made the curves free hand by eye. People asked if I used a CNC.

Frank Ford
08-13-2006, 05:50 PM
I made this one from a piece of cold rolled - I just take off the toolpost and stick it on the compound:


Here's more about it:


Mike Burdick
08-13-2006, 07:00 PM
What setup do you use for your boring bars?

Stick a bar in the holder and let it only hang out the distance needed to rest the chisel on. This will minimize the vibration. Move the carriage as needed.