This tool rest, designed by English Woodturner Phil Irons, was designed to be used with the Pro Forme Hollowing Tools. It also works well with other hollowing and boring tools on the market. The Irons Tool Gate enables both hands to control the tool more easily than with a conventional rest. This rest can also be put inside the turning to reduce the unsupported length of the tool.
The Irons Tool Gate features a U shaped gate that pivots and keeps the tool from sliding sideways when making heavy cuts. Two gates are included with the rest. One for 5/8" & 3/4" tool shanks and the other for 7/8" & 1" tool shanks. The rest is made of steel and measures 7" x 1" x 1/2" thick. It has six holes that the gate can be placed in for the best position during use. The Irons Tool Gate is sold without a post. The optional post threads into the bottom of the rest and features a stop collar that can be set to the proper height.
The correct post must be ordered separately.
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