As said with the Doc, I have made also a small size tool rest for my wood lathe, more suitable when turning small pieces like pens, than the long 30cm rest.
Its' a piece of flat steel inserted in a slot cut at an angle in a metal tube and brazed.
Sorry my mistakes in english.
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Thanks to the bad photos, you do not see the brazing details, not sure it's so professional ...
One drawback also is with that soft tubing, the pressure screw on the side as a tendency to mark the steel and the rotation and setup became not as smooth as at the beginning.
Solid steel would be preferable (but I couldn't find something with that diameter)
That's what I did and it was OK - the problem was with the angle of the tool rest.
Hope that helps.
Thanks Ken, Yes that's a good idea to fill the tube with wood, I could also poor in hot lead.
But actually, the tube walls are thick enough, it keeps round, but the steel surface is marked and not smooth, so that it does not turn smoothly, but that's not a big issue, I file it from time to time, and that's OK.
Ideally, it would be better with some kind of surface heat treatment, but ...
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