Modifying tool rest for Proxxon DB250

Jimsky

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Hello mates. While preparing for making masts, spars, and bowsprit for Charles Royal Yacht I quickly realize that the tool rest for my Proxxon lathe - is too short. I have read multiple reviews when people complaining about it, but don't actually realized until trying for myself. At first, I thought to make a brand new one, but fail to find a metal shop nearby, Nothing to do, I made a decision to modify (extend) existing one with a steel rod. Below is the result. The pictures worth a thousand words. However, should you have any questions please let me know and I will explain.

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Happy Modelling!!
 

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WOW JIM , this one I will make, but first I have to buy a lathe
It's the next on my wish list, soon I think when I'm going to make a mast for Blandford.

I attach some pictures of some marine equipment that you will probably like.
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Thanks Jim, got tired of frogs and giraffes, had to try something new, maritime artifacts have accumulated over the years as I also work on
old wooden boats in reality too, add some picture of the boat I have now.
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Very Nice modification Jim This is the kind of stuff I love seeing. MAKE IT WORK mentality, Nothing is Impossible. I always tell folks who say "I cant" that your an American right? operative word CAN, AmeriCAN. Please folks in other countries this isn't a dig or a statement that Americans are capable of anything or even better then anyone else, its just how I like to put things to folks who say "I Cant" in this country.
I also made a few tools for myself, but I bought some as well for doing this small scale stuff tooling from amazon in the cheap section will suffice but just keep in mind you get what you pay for with some things INO carbide tooling is overkill for this hobby but carbide will last a very long time and when its dull you turn the insert to a sharp side once all sides are used up you just replace the cutter head. below is a link to the tool I bought from Amazon. This set is by no means the only set to buy its just the least expensive with getting all 3 cutter types so look around if you have funds to buy better by all means do so. I have used this set dozens of times and they have worked well and all still sharp on the first cutting surface so they are working for me. I have a large set of HSS tools I bought also for much bigger stuff but I have turned pens with large tools so it can be done.
and the replacement cutting heads
I suggest carbide for one reason and that is that not everyone has a slow speed grinder which is a must for sharpening to prevent overheating and ruining the temper of the metal you also have to know tool grind angles and use angles and you have to be able to grind those angles pretty well to get a nice sharp tool. I have jigs that permit perfect grind angles on all wood lathe tools as well as a slow speed grinder. Wood turning is easy but can be dangerous if you get a catch of the tool into the wood this is usually the result of improper tool angles. carbide tool go straight in no matter what so no need to know angles.
Best of luck if you need any info I'm happy to answer any questions and in fact I may make a post for wood turning and its tooling as well as being safe so we keep our eyes and fingers where God put them
 
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