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RETIRED
26th Jun 2010, 10:08 PM
As stated in this thread the tool rests on the VB72 weren't desirable.

They were pattern makers rest and not suitable for my style of turning.

Pic of old rest. Too flat across the top.140560

The bore size of the remote rest is 11/2" or 38mm.

My supplier only had 36mm solid rod, no 40mm to machine down for the posts.

I noticed that the original rests were also 36mm (maybe they had the same problem:D) so I locked one in and tried to move it. Nice and secure so 36mm it is.

The actual rest was going to be out of 75mm x 12mm flat bar as I have plenty of that for the tool rests on "Big Henry".

So with all the material it is time to start.

I wanted to make 4 rests from 100mm -400mm and settled on 100mm, 250mm, 300mm and 400mm.

400mm is the longest length on a 36mm single post that is acceptable before you get vibration at the ends.

The posts were cut at 250mm long so that the post was supported by the complete bore of the banjo at full working height.

The post is set up in the banjo ready for slotting.140555
The cutout to take the rest is cut using a 1mm (like to meet the person that invented them) disc in an angle grinder.140556
The placement of the tool rest on the post is important and one where a lot of manufacturers fall down.

The top edge must clear the banjo so that you can get it as close as you want without the timber striking the edge of the banjo that the post goes into.

To achieve this I use a square on a magnet. If you have 2 people a straight edge will do the same thing.140558

Too far back. As you can see the banjo would hit the timber and the rest would be nearly an inch from the work.140562

The rest in the right place.140557

Now it is a matter of tacking it into place.140559

With one tack square the rest to the post.140563Note the centre mark (circled).

Second tack.140561
Now weld right up. If using thinner material be careful that you don't overheat it or it will pull into a slight curve.140564

RETIRED
26th Jun 2010, 10:13 PM
A good clean up

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Check the distance of the rest from work in relation to banjo.140567140568

Success.

All rests present and accounted for.140569

Grumpy John
26th Jun 2010, 10:17 PM
, I may have some 40 - 45 rod that you can bore a 36 hole through to sleeve the bore in the banjo. Another job for the new metal lathe :D, at this it'll pay fo itself in no time :2tsup:.

RETIRED
26th Jun 2010, 10:36 PM
, I may have some 40 - 45 rod that you can bore a 36 hole through to sleeve the bore in the banjo. Another job for the new metal lathe :D, at this it'll pay fo itself in no time :2tsup:.I did think of that and will probably do it (or ask an ex fitter and turner)later on.:D

Skew ChiDAMN!!
26th Jun 2010, 11:24 PM
And not the slightest hint of a mention that it's a damned good idea to file the working edge smooth after finishing?

I'm shocked at you, . Shocked, I say! :p

RETIRED
27th Jun 2010, 12:20 AM
Saving that for a later date O night stalker.:D

jefferson
27th Jun 2010, 11:06 AM
Is that some nicely figured redgum attached to the VB 72????

RETIRED
27th Jun 2010, 12:18 PM
Yessum.

Ed Reiss
27th Jun 2010, 12:24 PM
Nicely done ...when are ya' planning on manufacturing them?:D

Tim the Timber Turner
27th Jun 2010, 12:28 PM
.

Just a bit more refinement and they will look just like

(dare I say it),

a :Vicmarc toolrest.:oo:

(stiring, stiring).:2tsup:

Cheers

Tim:):):)

Cliff Rogers
27th Jun 2010, 12:43 PM
Hey , did you ever do anything with that bit of Pink Birch you got off me about 5 years ago?

rsser
27th Jun 2010, 12:44 PM
Another refinement might have been to weld some drill rod along the top of the rest, anticipating the pounding it's going to get at the hands of an axe wielding mongrel ;-}

Tim the Timber Turner
27th Jun 2010, 02:50 PM
Hey , did you ever do anything with that bit of Pink Birch you got off me about 5 years ago?

Hey Cliff

Even I know you can't make toolrests out of pink birch.:no:

You need Ironbark mate, Ironbark.:roll:

Cheers

Tim:)

rsser
27th Jun 2010, 03:05 PM
'Spect 's saved it to turn up some handles for the camlock levers ;-}

+1 to those 1mm thick cutting wheels.

I've cut 3/8 thick HSS with them to make custom scrapers. Blues the steel but only on the surface :rolleyes:

What was the topic again? Oh yeah, how many kinds of light bulbs do turners work under? :roll:

RETIRED
27th Jun 2010, 03:54 PM
Hey , did you ever do anything with that bit of Pink Birch you got off me about 5 years ago?I made a bowl out of it as a thank you to a friend.

RETIRED
27th Jun 2010, 03:56 PM
Another refinement might have been to weld some drill rod along the top of the rest, anticipating the pounding it's going to get at the hands of an axe wielding mongrel ;-}

Have tried that and it is hard to get the dings out and keep them smooth.


Hey Cliff

Even I know you can't make toolrests out of pink birch.:no:

You need Ironbark mate, Ironbark.:roll:

Cheers

Tim:)Not pink birch but I made some temporary rests out of Tassy Oak once,

Cliff Rogers
27th Jun 2010, 04:20 PM
I made a bowl out of it as a thank you to a friend.
Goodo, I would have liked to see the result.

HarryD
27th Jun 2010, 07:40 PM
will this new series of rests be operated by VB bidirectional set up you aquired?

regards
Harryd

Allen Neighbors
28th Jun 2010, 09:16 AM
Interesting, all...

RETIRED
28th Jun 2010, 12:10 PM
will this new series of rests be operated by VB bidirectional set up you aquired?

regards
HarrydNo. The remote rest has it built in.

NeilS
28th Jun 2010, 12:17 PM
Thanks for sharing the WIP, Robo.

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