Turning Archive 2005
Mike Schwing from Md.
>Below is a pic of a new tool rest I received last week. It is an upgrade/replacement for a 3/4" diameter one I have from BestWoodTools that has developed a weird vibration in it after a year or so of constant use. I figure I finally sanded/filed it down to just the point where it has acquired somes strange harmonic.
I wanted a beefier rest, and totally coincidentally, Bill Grumbine pointed me to this guy at http://www.monster-wood-tool.com/ .
He made me the rest below. It is a 1" diameter round steel rest, 11" long and jointed at 4" and 7" lengths. It has a 1" diameter post for my lathe's banjo.
The rest is more than rock solid. It is absolutely fantastic, and appears to be made of a steel that is a little harder than the other one I have, it deforms nearly not at all, but is still a bit softer than the tools are (a good thing).
I don't recall the price, but it was definitley not prohibitive. The additional machined support is an added mark of quality. I will buy from this man again.
Website linked below.