Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Best way to smooth out a tool rest?

wilbur
>I finally got my old Walker Turner lathe set up last night and tried some turning. What I quickly noticed was that sliding the tools along the tool rest was very rough. Part of this is probably due to the backs of the old turning tools I was using not being completely smooth, but it feels like the tool rest itself is kind of rough as well.

Any recommendations as to the best way to fix this up? I thought about applying a lubricant/wax to the tool rest first, and going after the rough spots with wet/dry sandpaper.

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