An Improvement. The tool rest was “built to plan.” The only adjustment I made was to change the height commensurate with how much my centers varied in height above ways from the original plan.
It worked. Yet, it felt like I was always creeping up on the work from underneath. In other words, the tool rest was too low. I temporarily shimmed it up with various bits from the scrap bin. Better!
OK. Let’s keep going. Make it adjustable. Cut off the top inch or so. Just for interest, cut a couple of nice semi-circles in the remaining base. Drill 1/4″ holes at the centers of the semi-circles. Make a new piece, same width. Cut it’s upper edge to 45 degrees and attach the metal rest plate. Cut two 1/4″ slots. Assemble with 1/4″ carriage bolts and wing nuts. Think about replacing the wing nuts with something prettier some day.
Molto meglio! Benissimo!
Oh! Before you ask about the first project, Ralph. I’m still learning how to address spinning objects with sharp chisels. So far, and for a bit more time, all I’m making is mulch.