Dressed Tool Rest
easy to evaluate the fact that a properly prepared tool rest plays
an important role in obtaining a smooth, clean cut as you make the
final pass on a turning.
If you're unable to glide your chisel smoothly across the length
of the tool rest without experiencing resistance, the tool rest
needs attention. Run your finger along the top surface. If this
test reveals any roughness or nicks, smooth the working surface
a mill file held lengthwise, file all nicks and rough spots. Maintain
the original profile of the tool rest or create a new curved profile.
400-grit silicon carbide paper around a 4" log block of wood and
hone the metal.
up with 600 grit paper to obtain a polished surface, then apply
a coat of furniture paste wax.
run the chisel across the tool rest and see what a difference
it makes to have a smooth work surface.
order to keep you lathe chisels from "dragging" across the tool
rest and producing nicks, file the sharp corners off the top 25%
of the end of the body of the chisel.