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Run your finger along the edge of Rockler's premium Lathe Tool Rests, and you'll know instantly what a pleasure they are to use. That's because each tool rest is capped with a 5/16" round stainless steel bar, providing a silky smooth surface for your turning tools to glide across, and a comfortable contour for your fingers to slide in as you work. The rests are available in three sizes, so you can pick the one most suited to your work. Short rests allow you to sneak in closer, even if other parts of the workpiece are wider, while longer rests provide more sliding surface without having to readjust. 5/8" diameter mounting post fits most mini and midi lathes.

(1) Rockler Lathe Tool Rests
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Weight 1.7600
Tech Spec
  • 5/8" diameter mounting post fits most mini and midi lathes
  • 5/16" round stainless steel tool rest
  • Cast steel body with black epoxy finish
  • Integrated mounting post (not threaded) so it won't loosen with vibration or impact
  • 3 sizes: 4", 6" and 10" long
Type Tool Rest
4.2 / 5.0
199 Reviews
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Teh shape allows you to keep your fingers safely away
These 5/8" post tool rests are very nice as long as you realize that they are too small to use on lathes that require 1" posts, like the full size Jet lathes that Rockler sells online. There is a 5/8" to 1" adapter for that, but it will not lock against the 5/8" post within it, so you will need to drill a hole into the upper side of the adapter and tap it for threading in a set screw, which is a lot of work. If you use your lathe a lot and have more than one 5/8" post tool rest, you will want an adapter for each tool rest. If you don't already have the tools to do that, consider getting lathe tool rests with 1" posts elsewhere because Rockler only sells tool rests with 5/8" posts.
January 6, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
it fits
was missing on lathe now complete
January 1, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I like the rounded edge, makes for a much smother cut.
November 3, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
very nice tool rest . It works much better then the stock one
October 28, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent tool rests!!! Much better than I expected!!!
Works far FAR better than originals that came with the lathe!!!!!!! The original tool rests were not smooth, while these new Rockler tests are smoother and far less bumpy when moving the tool across them!!! 5 Stars becuz that’s the highest rating available!!!!!
September 2, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great replacement
Grabbed this to replace the one that came with my lathe. Very sturdy and very smooth surface makes turning a breeze.
July 11, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Nicely made
March 21, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Heavy duty, constructed extremely well!
A very heavy duty rest. Allowing for more reach on every turning project.
January 26, 2019
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good smooth tool rest. I use wax on my other rests didn’t need to for this one.
December 17, 2018
1 year ago
Much better machining job compared to the one that came with my excelsior lathe. I wax it from time to time and will eventually need to get a bigger size.
December 12, 2018
over 2 years ago
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Other reviews said it was good to have.
Ronald H on Aug 11, 2018
It looks like it has a smooth straight surface & shuld be a better guide.
Butch on Jun 29, 2018
Other reviews said it was good to have.
Ronald H on Aug 11, 2018
turning pens
John P on Jul 14, 2018
It looks like it has a smooth straight surface & shuld be a better guide.
Butch on Jun 29, 2018
Need a longer tool rest
Harry N on Jun 22, 2018
They are the best
Edward N on Jun 12, 2018
I bought Excelsior Mini Lathe and wanted a longer tool rest and this looked perfect.
Brian on Jun 12, 2018
David B on Jun 2, 2018
Got the other two figured I get the third.
Bill F on May 5, 2018
Needed a wider rest for some of the work that I do.
James I on May 5, 2018
Cause I. Needed Dude
Howard W on Apr 27, 2018
needed bigger tool rest for longer sweeps with my tools.
William D P on Apr 18, 2018
reasonably priced
Ralph S on Apr 13, 2018
Because my original broke and I really needed it!
Kitty F on Apr 9, 2018
My six inch rest is too short for some projects. I may buy the four inch later.
Paul S on Mar 30, 2018
I'm hoping the lathe tools will move better on these tool rest then the one that came with the Excelsior Lathe.
Donald F on Mar 6, 2018
Need the smaller tool rest for turning small items between centers like a bottle stopper.
Dana H on Jan 16, 2018
Easier to get into deep bowls.
Bernie C on Jan 11, 2018
Constantly having to move and readjust a small tool rest that is supplied with the lathe is time waisted. This 10" rest will enable me to nearly turn the entire blank with one setting.
H. G on Jan 4, 2018
These tool rests look to be made of good durable materials
Rex on Jan 3, 2018
Needed it
Claude R on Jan 1, 2018
My husband needed this part for his lathe.
Ina H on Dec 29, 2017
replace existing rest
Mark Z on Dec 22, 2017
Very good tool rest!!!
T L on Dec 20, 2017
Replace broken Comet II tool rest.
tomcan on Dec 16, 2017
Easier to move around on lathe for smaller work.
Leon S on Dec 14, 2017
Its a Christmas gift for my Dad!
Ann M on Dec 8, 2017
Christmas gift
Patricia H on Dec 8, 2017
My son in law has been doing awesome projects with his lathe and requested this specific tool for Christmas. Hoping it will help him create every design he can come up with!
Gift for son in law
Jacquelyn S on Dec 5, 2017
Would like a longer tool rest
Karen K on Nov 19, 2017
They look to be the most ergonomically designed tool rests on the market.
Tim C on Nov 19, 2017
needed long rest for spindles
Gerald B on Nov 13, 2017
My lathe came with a shorter rest and this will help with my longer pieces like pepper mills, "magic wands", and other longer turnings.
John M on Oct 11, 2017
most affordable price found online
Richard O on Oct 5, 2017
The one that came with my lathe broke today.
Jason M on Sep 30, 2017
Need smaller surface so I can get closer to the pen
Paul B on Sep 30, 2017
needed a longer one. like the finger rest.
Gary C on Sep 29, 2017
Expanding to larger turnings.
Turtle12550 on Sep 17, 2017
Broke my original rest and needed another
Robert K on Aug 31, 2017
easier to reach edge of projet
walter b on Aug 25, 2017
I need a bigger rest and liked the 5/16" diameter bar along the length at the top.
Terry on Jul 28, 2017
Did not like the one supplied with the Excelsior lathe
Keith T on Jun 2, 2017
Reduces tool rest moves and improves precision on my mini-lathe.
Stephen S on Apr 17, 2017
Needed a smaller tool rest
James H on Apr 12, 2017
I needed it
John M. W on Apr 4, 2017
The original tool rest on my Excelsior Mini Lathe broke off where the shaft attaches to the cross member.
Kevin B on Mar 8, 2017
Recommended by someone.
Norman T on Mar 7, 2017
I've been using the Rockler aftermarket tool rests for almost 2 years. They are by far the most comfortable and well weighted accessory rests that you can buy! Super smooth edges for your hand and tools to rest against make for a perfect pairing with any brand lathe.
Todd R on Mar 3, 2017
Good price
Jerry R on Feb 27, 2017
It looks like a much better tool rest than what came with my lathe.
David L on Feb 26, 2017
turning pens
John P on Jul 14, 2018
Need a longer tool rest
Harry N on Jun 22, 2018
I have a 7/16 " post . Where do I find that post size ?
Brian C on Jun 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Have to buy the right size insert for the opening in your lathe.
How long is the post ?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Posts are 2-3/8" long.
I'm looking for a tool rest with a 1/2" diameter post and about 4 inches long (for a vintage lathe); any suggestions?
Herman S on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure the Rockler tool rests that I purchased will fit your lathe if it has a 1/2" post requirements. The tool rests that I purchased (the 4:, 6" and 10"...) all have a 5/8" post. I've never heard of a lathe with a 1/2" post requirement, but maybe older lathes do??> I LOVE tyhe three posts I purchased at Rockler as the hardened stainless steel edge is wonderful! The tool rests are less than half the price as most others and at least twice as good! Can you 'ream or drill' out hyour banjo so it will accept the 5/8: posts? Just a thought as 5/8" posts are very common while 1/2" postgs are not... Safe turning to you!
Will this fit my Central Machinery model 65345 Mini Wood Lathe?
Robert R on Aug 22, 2017
A shopper on May 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: For a 1" size use with these tool rests.
will Rockler 10" Lathe Tool Rest fit the Excelsior lathe ?
JERRY A on Feb 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The tool rest was a Christmas gift to Bill H... Bill calls the rest "a Rolls Royce of tool rests" and yes it fits the lathe perfectly..
I just purchased a Jet, which takes a 1 inch post. the post is 2.5 inches long instead of 5 inches. Do you make tool rests with those dimensions? If so, i need at least two of different lengths.
John P on Sep 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Robust 6" Wide Low Profile Woodturning Tool Rest
I got one on Amazon.
Does this tool rest fit the Jet mini lathe?
joe k on Jan 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I've used it my Rikon mini lathe and Jet1221VS and it fits perfectly! I'm especially pleased with the top edge of the rest as it's capped with a harden steel rod which resists all but the most tenacious abuse. I purchased all three sizes and use them daily. Safe turning to you!
I have a harbor freight 12x33 wood lathe. Will these fit my lathe?
Charles C on Feb 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That lathe has a one inch tool rest. You will need to use the bushing with it.
what is the height from the top of the tool rest to the top of the banjo when fully lowered? I just bought a nova rest and it is too high for small spindle work
celia s on Nov 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: When sitting at it's lowest point flush against the banjo, it's 1 9/16" high. From the ways, it's 4 3/4" high. I have both the 4" and 10" rests and their height is the same. I would assume the 6"would follow suit, but you know what they say about assumptions ;)
is the mounting post for all tool rests a standard height dimension?
larry h on Nov 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, the height of the post usually depends upon size and make of the lathe. For example, a Jet 1221VS post is 5/8" in diameter, but can be as short as 2 1/4". However, an 18" Laguna lathe has a 1" post and must be 5" long.
My lathe is old, the tool rest post is 7/8 and I can't find a replacement.
anyone know where I can get one????
Tommy on Nov 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Went to a welding shop and had one made with rest on top. bar stock required a little sanding on high spots but works fine. builder Bob
I need a 7/8 post. Do you have any?
Scott S on Dec 10, 2019
I'm sorry to say but the post is closer to 5/8 at .610"
will the 10" rest fit the excelsior mini lathe?
Leann G on Jun 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this tool rest will fit your Excelsior lathe.
Will they fit the Nova comit ii?
G-man on Jun 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have no idea, mine is on a Rikon 70-100.
what size is the shaft on the 6" tool rest?
Julie L on Nov 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It’s 5/8” works well with my Jet midi lathe. I hope this helps.
John W.
will this rest fit on comet ll nova midi 12 inch lathe for pen turning mandrel and not rub spindle or brass knurl knob on mandrell?>
gary o on Feb 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry., I have no ide. I am using it on Harbor Freight full size wood lathe and it works fine.

What is the hardness of the stainless steel bar on this?
Gary L on Dec 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It’s smoother and harder than the original bar that came with my mid sized lathe. It’s also longer which was the main reason I got it. I’m very satisfied with it.
I have a oneway lathe 1018 will the post fit this?
K E on Nov 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is a 5/8 inch post. You would have to measure yours. There are adapters, but again, you need to know the size of your current post.
will this work on a Jet lathe?
Lisa A on Oct 27, 2017
Will 5/8 inch diameter post work suitably in Grizzley 1495 which has 3/4 inch posts?
Charles S on Aug 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I't would be to sloppy in the hole and may not tighten down. I have it for my Excalibur and it is a little loose for mine. Trying to put it in a much larger hole would not work........Steve.
Hello I would like to purchase the 6" lathe tool rest ,would like to know if it would fit the Jet and Cental Machiery wood lathe?Thanks for your advice inadvance,Alfred
Alfred D on Nov 29, 2017
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