Lathe Tool Rest—Plus a Ruler

With a dry-erase marker, trace gradations right on the tool rest for specific distances for tenons, coves or beads with this lathe tool rest.

The Family Handyman

Speed up layouts for any kind of lathe project. With a dry-erase marker, trace gradations right on the tool rest for specific distances for tenons, coves or beads. Now you won’t have to hold a “story stick” to transfer layouts alongside the blank while the lathe is running. In the photo, we’re preparing a stool leg blank for tapering. Using the ruled tool rest, we cut the tenon length first, lining up the parting tool with the marked line. Then we “part” a series of cuts to establish the leg’s taper. The preliminary layout is finished in seconds, and we’re ready to taper the leg by using the indexed cuts. Thanks to faithful reader Bob Ungar for turning our turning into something that’s a lot more fun, fast and accurate.

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