Turning Archive 2005

tool rests...newbies

Keith Tompkins
>Most tool rests, as supplied by the manufacturer, are in need of a bit of TLC, right out of the box.

Most experienced turners ease the back edge (facing the turning) with a file, then sand the surface smooth. If you run your hand across this surface on a new rest, you will find it is fairly sharp!

You would not want to get a finger or two caught between the turning and that sharp edge. Next, polish the surface that the tool rides on.....remove nicks, dings and scratches. A polished rest allows the tool to glide easier.

Then, maintain the polished surface regularly.

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