Substantial, rigid and smooth-surfaced toolrests are essential pieces of kit for the discerning woodturner, which is why the UK's largest
stockist of woodturning tools
and accessories The ToolPost (http://www.toolpost.co.uk/index.html) has ensured that the best toolposts and rests available on the market today are stocked in its store.
One of the frustrations when it comes to toolrests is the
proliferation of poorly made and flimsy examples on the market. This simple woodturning
accessory can do more harm than good when poor choice of manufacturing materials renders them too soft, leaving them prone to scratching from square-cornered tools. This indenting of the toolrest edge produces notches which disrupt the smooth flow of the tool along the rest. Many low-cost toolrests are too slender in section to give adequate support to the tool and although cast-iron can be a good material from which to make a rest, many low-cost castings contain imperfections that lead to early and catastrophic breakage.
Aware of the limitations of some of the more cheaply made toolposts and rests, particularly those which are poorly cast or made from low grade steel, The ToolPost set out to find a top quality toolrest system to
stock in its Didcot store and online at www.toolpost.co.uk. The Modular Tool Rest System from Robert Sorby fits the bill, thanks to cross bars made from high grade, hardened steel which is nigh-on impossible to mark with tool edges.
This eliminates the notching problem which can spoil the enjoyment of a smooth turning experience.
The modular aspect of this system allows the turner to choose the toolpost that fits their specific woodturning lathe, choosing from stems which are
available in ½", 5/8", ¾", 1", 25mm and 30mm diameter. A crossbar is then selected which will screw on to the stem to make up the entire toolrest, with a range of different crossbars available for internal and external
bowl turning as well as various lengths of straight crossbars. There is also a box scraper platform included in the system which provides easy access and improved stability when using a scraper within the confines of a
The Modular Tool Rest System from Robert Sorby available from The ToolPost at
may be a simple piece of kit, but it can significantly improve the woodturning experience and can make an otherwise barely satisfactory lathe into something of value.