I've used the Woodriver toolrest for years. I love it, but a word of
caution. I WAS turning with my left hand holding the tool with index and
middle finger holding from under the tool. My index finger sometimes
touching the inner side of the toolrest. It is possible to get a catch
which will snag your finger up against the inner side and the ledge of the
toolrest. First time it happened I saw stars. I looked carefully at what
had happened and suspect that the flat ledge held my fingers there long
enough to get snaged while on a typical toolrest with a curved ledge my
fingers would have been pushed away. I switched to a different toolrest.
Problem was the Woodriver rest is so smooth and I had to go back to it. The
second time it happened 2 years later the index finger was broken. Now I
turn with my wrist reversed so all fingers sit on the top of the tool and
the heel of the hand sits on the tool. I still prefer the woodriver rest
though. Too bad the ledge is perpendicular. I spoke with the company about
it, but I don't think they will change it. It is a superior toolrest, just
use with caution. I would recommend never putting your fingers between the
tool and the ledge while turning at high RPM.
>I have a Jet minilathe, and recently was in Woodcraft. They sell a
>modular toolrest system, which consists of a sturdy piece of angle iron
>with a hardened, polished steel rod welded to the top, and a
>threaded hole tapped into the horizontal part of the L. You get a shaft
>in whatever diameter your lathe takes (5/8" in my case, 1" for bigger
>lathes), and***the shaft onto the toolrest.
>I'm delighted with mine. It didn't come cheap -- the shaft was $9.99,
>and the largest toolrest, at 12", was around $45, but it works like a
>champ, and for people with two lathes, it provides an easy way to move
>toolrests from one to the other. I now have not only a really flat
>toolrest (unlike the one that came with the lathe, which had worn
>badly), but it's a full foot long, and great for spindles.
> -- Andrew Barss