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14.25" Tool Rest Top Bar

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  • M-42 HSS Heat Treated Rod
  • Applied Top Bar
  • Multi Sizes Top Bar
  • Applied Top Bar Side View
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 Product Description

14.25" Tool Rest Top Bar is used for upgrading your existing Powermatic or other cast iron or steel tool rest. The benefit is a smooth surface that will eliminate the need for filing, polishing, or waxing - it will not dent or ding like your existing tool rest.

  • M-42 heat treated rod
  • Rockwell hardness 65-66
  • approximately 3/8" in diameter
  • Can request this rod be cut into a custom size (Select CUSTOM LENGTH from drop down) - remainder will also being shipped.

Note: You can also cut them to custom lengths in your own shop using an angle grinder with a cut-off wheel. Do NOT use any saw blades - you will ruin them.

These have been tested over the last few years for performance and reliability in adhesion. When properly applied using long-acting JB weld, we have had no reported failures. Watch the installation video to see how easy it is to make this modification. Installation VIDEO Link

By using this upgrade your tools will glide over this surface like ice skates on ice. ~ Jimmie

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  1. Best upgrade ever

    Posted by Larry Wahlstrom on Jan 29th 2024

    I added top bar to 6” cast steel rest a year ago and haven’t stoned it yet, a quick wipe with scotch bright to remove sap is all that is needed. I added a top bar to a 14” harden tool steel rest last month because your bar is harder and my tools slide smoother over your bar than any other rest I have used. I showed the rests at my turning club meeting and hope other members will enjoy the experience I have had with your products.

  2. Excellent Solution

    Posted by Gerald Jensen on Dec 29th 2022

    Great solution for cast iron tool rests. Just follow Jimmie's directions (in the Youtube video ... https://youtu.be/pMTody-4daQ ) and you will be fine!

  3. Easy install

    Posted by Mike on Sep 15th 2022

    Very easy to install and makes a big difference in the operation of the tool rest.

  4. Great Addition

    Posted by PJ on Jun 21st 2022

    Makes a lot of difference in the tool movement. Very quick shipping. Just as advertised. Definitely would do it again.

  5. High Quality - Rapid Delivery

    Posted by Unknown on Jun 6th 2022

    Very high quality steel - will make a great tool rest top for my Powermatic tool rest.

  6. Tool Rest Top Bar

    Posted by Bill Elton on May 31st 2022

    This was just what I was looking for...and didn't even know it. I was tired of filing and sanding the top edge of my tool rest. The tool rest's soft metal would cause the tools to catch. I was looking for a new tool rest to purchase when I noticed this advertisement for a top bar that would attach to my tool rest. I merely followed the instruction video and my tool rest now has a new working surface. The tools do not catch as they used to. The new bar is straight and hard. It works perfectly well. I would recommend it to anyone with a softer metal tool rest.

  7. Great Addition to by 14" Powermatic Tool Rest

    Posted by Happy Turner on May 30th 2022

    Easy to install and is holding tight to the original tool rest. No dings, My gouges slide smoothly across the bar now. No more filing.

  8. Great Product !

    Posted by Dewey Treanor on May 23rd 2022

    I purchased both the 6" & 14" tool rest bars, which were the answer to my PowerMatic lathe's terrible tool rest surface. They were simple to install and look and work great (installation video very helpful).

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