View Full Version : Wood lathe tool rest?

02-23-2011, 08:57 PM
Hi, Iv been playing a bit with wood chisels on my metal lathe, turning wood and acrylic. And im wondering about making my own wood lathe tool rest, as just putting a bar in a tool holder is very sub optimal, as the QCTP gets in the way.

Mainly what im wondering, is what height should the top of the rest be at, And what shape should the top of it be? I am planing on giving it its own T nut to fit into the compound, where the QCTP normaly goes.

02-23-2011, 09:14 PM
No expert, but from what i remember, the tool rest was about 1/8th below center,, the top angle,,, i,ve seen a number of different shapes from flat to round to maybe 10-15 degrees slope.

02-23-2011, 09:38 PM
Shape:, like a V or L with point up and close to the Wood
High: Depends on the thickness of the Tools and what Tool You use.
Some times higher some times lower.

02-23-2011, 10:32 PM
When I use a wood lathe tool in my metal lathe, I slip out the QC toolpost body and put my ancient lantern type on, using the boring bar holder and a boring bar to rest the tool on. More clearance with the lantern holder, and rigid enough for the job!