Turning Archive 2005
>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.