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Toolrest Spacers

The toolrest on my Stubby lathe needs adjustment to get it to the correct height. For most of my turning I need to adjust it ½" (13 mm) up from the bottom position. To make it easier to set up, I made spacers out of an old cutting board my wife “donated.” It just happens to be ½" thick.
After clamping the board to the drill press table, I cut a 1" (25 mm) hole with a saw-tooth bit and then cut the ring loose with a circle cutter (sometimes called a fly cutter), set to cut a 2" (50 mm) disk. These spacers are ready to use with no sanding and are a loose press fit onto the toolrest post. When I install the toolrest with the spacer, the height is automatically correct, no guesswork involved. It took ten minutes to make the two spacers, and my setup will be much easier from now on. If your toolrest is a different diameter, drill the center hole accordingly.

~ David Christmas
Victoria, BC



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