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Rockler Bowl Turner's Tool Rest

S-shaped tool rest mirrors the profile of bowls and hollow vessels, making it much easier to shape the exterior or hollow the interior.
Item #
50301
Rating:
92% of 100

Our Bowl Turner's Tool Rest features two curves—one gradual, one more angular—to mirror the profile of your bowls and turned vessels. The curves can follow the convex exterior or the concave interior for shaping and hollowing. The more angular end can tuck neatly into the opening of a narrow vessel, and round the corner for hollowing. The tool rest is made of solid stainless steel for heft and resistance to corrosion. It has a silky smooth finish that helps you glide the chisel along the rest, and provides comfort for your fingers. Compatible with most mini and midi lathes.

(1) Rockler Bowl Turner's Tool Rest
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 1.5000
Tech Spec
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Post Diameter: 5/8''
  • Working Length: 9''
  • Height: 4-1/2''
Discountable Yes
4.6 / 5.0
16 Reviews
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I like it fine. I have no concerns so far. And the price is right
October 8, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
works good
September 10, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Just what we needed
April 9, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
High quality tool.
March 30, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
Using on a Shopsmith
Bought this to use on a Shopsmith lathe, as the Rockler tool rest has a 5/8 inch shaft and the Shopsmith has a 3/4 inch tool holder I needed to purchase from McMaster Carr a Light Duty Sleeve Bushing for 5/8" Shaft Diameter, 3/4" OD, part # 6420K19. The Shopsmith tool holder hole needed to be honed a little for the bushing to fit correctly. Works great
March 4, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Bowl turners tool rest
Works great for turning deeper bowls. Great quality and workmanship.
Rockler Bowl Turners Rest
Rockler Bowl Turners Rest
March 3, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Tool rest
Works great on bowls.
February 13, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Used it on my mini lathe to turn a 7" bowl. Worked great. Wish I'd gotten it sooner.
January 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great improvment
Received as a Christmas gift just a few days ago. Turned one small salad bowl with it. Fastest I ever turned the inside of a bowl. The curved rest is faster and safer than a straight rest. Will be able to make deeper bowls now. A winner so far
January 2, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Tool Rest
Great little addition to my Nova Comet midi lathe. It fits perfectly in the tool holder and will make my bowl turning much easier.
November 27, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
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Used one at a friends shop. Works better than my straight bar.
Anita C F on Feb 23, 2020
Will work much better and safer than straight tool rest.
Rick on Feb 12, 2020
Used one at a friends shop. Works better than my straight bar.
Anita C F on Feb 23, 2020
I am a beginner bowl turner, but I have learned that a straight rest is difficult to use in shaping the inside bottom of a bowl. I'm hoping that this will improve control of the tool at the bottom and transition to the side of the bowl.
Kenneth N on Feb 22, 2020
Will work much better and safer than straight tool rest.
Rick on Feb 12, 2020
Thought it would work better than the straight rest for Bowls
Don on Feb 3, 2020
I have strait tool rests but they just don't perform well for turning bowls. This looks like it will do the job & price is reasonable.
Burt on Jan 25, 2020
Nice rest for turning bowls
James D on Jan 24, 2020
Going to start making bowls so I should get one
Larry W on Jan 3, 2020
To turn deep bowls
Larry on Dec 24, 2019
I will be making some larger bowls.
Brian D on Dec 23, 2019
My dad wanted it for making bowls and ornaments
James Gillen H on Dec 9, 2019
Convenient to have for inside turning
Roger on Dec 3, 2019
Xmas gift
Candy B on Nov 29, 2019
I am a wood turner and this will help making bowls
Tom E on Oct 21, 2019
style and price meets my needs.
Deborah L on Oct 20, 2019
For more ease in turning bowls
Linda H on Sep 24, 2019
Wanted this for turning bowls
Dan on Jun 11, 2019
turing bowls!
Jeff T on May 10, 2019
bowl turning
T A on Apr 19, 2019
Needed tool post for bowl
Michael F on Mar 27, 2019
Needed a bowl turner's tool rest and this seemed to have a good design.
Mike C on Mar 24, 2019
need it
Debra H on Mar 12, 2019
recommendation of sales person Frank
Dave W on Feb 26, 2019
Hopefully, it's ability to reach into a bowl's interior safely.
Ralph327 on Feb 21, 2019
Shape for turning inside of bowls easier.
Tom P on Feb 21, 2019
I chose this to upgrade my lathes strait tool rest. I'm hoping it will be useful in shaping curved profiles.
clint h on Feb 15, 2019
It will fit my mini lathe
AL B on Feb 8, 2019
shape + sale Price
JOE F on Feb 8, 2019
Good reviews on Rockler site.
Diane B on Feb 7, 2019
looks well made and starting to turn bowls.
davarazzo on Feb 6, 2019
This will add versatility to my lathe and make it easier for turning bowl exteriors and interiors.
Stephen L on Jan 16, 2019
I have a 1961 Craftman wood turning lathe. Hard to find a tool rest with a 5/8" post.
R S on Jan 15, 2019
It is hard to find a 5/8 inch post and bar. Hope this one works.<br />Smitty
Elwyn S on Jan 4, 2019
I don't have one
Teryy D on Jan 1, 2019
I dont have a rest long enough for some of the bowls i make
Frank on Dec 21, 2018
Bowl turning on mini lathe.
Brian A on Dec 14, 2018
Its perfect for bowl turning on a mini-lathe.
Mark T on Dec 13, 2018
for bowl turning
Thomas J on Nov 26, 2018
Husband has on his Christmas list.
Suzanne B on Nov 23, 2018
This looks really handy.
Deborah D on Nov 21, 2018
It’s just right
Jolinda S on Nov 17, 2018
been looking for one for a while in the past very pleased with rockler and there products
yogi on Nov 17, 2018
Fits my Jet
David J on Nov 8, 2018
round tool rest and shape will assist in turning bowls.
John P on Sep 11, 2018
Son-in-law has a wood lathe and has started making wooden bowls. Hopefully this tool rest will fit his lathe and be a good addition to his existing tools.
Richard W on Mar 1, 2018
For bowl turning
Judith V on Feb 24, 2018
To enhance my bowl turning.
John B on Feb 24, 2018
Needed something to increase my reach and support tools for hollowing out bowls.
JOHN Y on Feb 15, 2018
To help with bowl turning
Chuck J on Jan 29, 2018
to better control the tools when turning bowls
Mark Z on Dec 22, 2017
I purchased this because it extends deeper into a bowl to provide a safer tool resting situation.
Steven K on Dec 8, 2017
I am a beginner bowl turner, but I have learned that a straight rest is difficult to use in shaping the inside bottom of a bowl. I'm hoping that this will improve control of the tool at the bottom and transition to the side of the bowl.
Kenneth N on Feb 22, 2020
Thought it would work better than the straight rest for Bowls
Don on Feb 3, 2020
what is the diameter of the post on Rockler Bowl Turner's Tool Rest
Item #: 50301?
Michael H on Dec 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I believe that it is 5/8" in diameter.
will this fit a jet mid size lathe?
mary s on Feb 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Just measure the tool post size. This rest has a 5/8” post. Your fine on my Delta midi.
What is the diameter of he tool rest bar (not the post)?
AdeLobel L on Aug 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Slightly less than 5/8 in, exactly same as the post.
Can I get this with a 3/4" post ?
Dwight R on Nov 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: As far as I know the bowl turners tool rest is only made with the 5/8" post. I don't know if there are adaptors available for your need of a 3/4" post. Perhaps an internet search would help you.
Will this fit a Laguna REVO 18-36 lathe?
joseph on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Laguna lists the Revo 18/36 with a 1" tool rest Post, this post is 5/8".
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