Machined top edge allows for smooth tool movement. Woodtek® tool rests for wood lathes provide an economical accessory for brand name lathes: One year parts and workmanship warranty. Imported.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was surprised at the size of the Woodtek Bowl turning tool rest. (830151) I was concerned that it would be too light and flimsy, but that is not the case. I have used it on a few bowls now and it works as I had hoped. It fits into the bowl once it is opened a bit. I generally use the Super Nova Bowl chuck on the left end and a live point on the right side until I have opened the bowl about a quarter of the way and have a very balanced bowl blank. It is then very well centered and solid. I use the bowl turning rest at this point and it works great. Before this point I use a small straight tool rest. This tool rest probably deserves a 5 star rating, but I had to sand the top of the rest to get it machined to my liking and I had to cut the rest post down about an inch to fit into my rest holder. I cut the length of the post, not the diameter. The diameter is the standard one inch. I'm sure there are lathes that this would not have to be done, but mine is probably 40 years old...
When doing wood turning, and need to get closer to work, need a curved tool rest to help you accomplish this. This rest works ok.
The shape of this tool rest is pretty good and the weight/strength appeared to be very good but it is made of soft steel. When I received it, the top (where the tool rides) was not smooth or even. I filed it flat and smooth. It cuts very easily which made me suspicious.
I was doing a bowl and had a catch (I hate that) and the tool dented the top of the tool rest. I had to file it again and still have a small crease in the tool rest. Maybe I am working my tools too hard but I have to file the top of this rest more than any other rest I have.
I recommend looking at other options before this tool rest.
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