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Repairing Robust Tool Rest

Dennis in Southern Oregon

The hardened steel rod on my Robust tool rest has come off twice now. The first time was for unknown reasons. The second time (after re-attaching it with garden variety epoxy cement) occurred when it fell of the lathe bed onto a half inch rubber mat over a concrete floor. Examination of the parts indicated that the latter failure was mostly fracturing of the epoxy and partly poor adhesion to the body of the tool rest. Adhesion to the rod appeared to be very good. Any thoughts on how to repair it more permanently? I could braze it on or silver solder it, but I don’t know the characteristics of the rod and am not sure if this would compromise its hardness.

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