I got tired of the limits of the toolrest that came with my mini lathe so I welded a larger one using some scrap hot rolled angle and steel rod that I had left over from other projects.
It’s only a few inches wider (8.5″ [22cm] vs. 6″ [15cm]), but it makes a big difference in being able to turn larger work. I also didn’t want to make it too big because my lathe’s banjo only has 5/8″ [16mm] shaft.
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