Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
Tool post length

Guy
>I need help trying to figure something out. Does anyone know if it is safe to use a slightly shorter tool rest post than what comes stock on a lathe? I have two Woodcraft tool rests I would like to use on my new lathe but the longest post they sell is 5 inch and the post my new lathe came with is 6 inches. I've already checked locally if someone could make me one but the cost for the posts alone is more than a T-bar complete system. I don't want to use too short a post and crack my banjo. Any suggestions? Thanks a bunch folks!!! Guy

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