Setting Up a Lathe Tool Rest

A lathe tool rest  is a woodworking implement that is used to support the cutting tool to cut furniture pieces. The lathe spins at very high speed which helps in the precise cutting process of furniture parts. If the lathe tool rest is not set up properly, the cutting tool will kick back when it came into contact with the wood. Moreover, a lathe tool rest that is not properly set up is also dangerous because the cutting tool might dislodge during the cutting process. Having said these things, it is very important to set up a lathe tool rest properly.

Step 1 - Mount The Wood That You Will Be Cutting

The first thing that you need to do is mount the wood that you will be cutting between the tailstock and headstock of the lathe tool rest. It is important that you press the wood on the headstock and tailstock to hold it properly. Tighten the lever on these parts in order to prevent wood from dislodging.

Step 2 - Adjust The Lathe Tool Rest In A Vertical And Lateral Manner

Move the lathe tool rest and adjust it in a vertical and lateral manner. Moreover, make sure that you also place the tool rest parallel with the wood. This allows you to run the tool rest properly so that you can cut the length of wood.

Step 3 - Turn The Wood

Test the proximity of the tool rest to the wood by turning the wood. While the wood turns, the corners will  usually come into contact with the lathe tool rest if it is placed too close to the wood. Adjust the lathe tool rest carefully and make sure that the wood does not come into contact with the tool rest. The problem with your wood coming into contact with the lathe is that the lathe will not spin properly and will be jammed at the base.

Step 4 - Make Sure That The Turn Screws Are Tight

Close the wood without hitting its four corners. To do this, make sure that you tighten the turn screw on the tool rest. Use a screw driver to secure the turn screw on the tool rest.

Step 5 - Turn The Lathe On

As you turn on the lathe tool rest, use a heavy turning gouge to remove the corners from the wood. The wood will spin down of the tool rest and this action usually removes the shavings from the wood. Run the wood along the lathe tool rest to removing the shavings from the wood. If this continues, the surface of the wood will be reduced.

Step 6 - Turn The Lathe Off

Turn the lathe off and make sure that the lathe tool rest is moved closer to the wood. While you cut the corners of the wood, the surface moves closer to the lathe tool rest and you should adjust the wood away from the lathe tool rest for final turning. Make sure that the tool rest should never come into contact with the wood.